I voted today!
This morning at 6:55 am to be precise. Dr. P announced last night that he would be slithering out of bed at 5:45 to make it to the polls when they opened.
I am not an early riser, and I figured Lady and I would just stay in bed until 7:30, my usual time, and hit up the polls after work. No worries, extra time to sleep…
I mean, who wouldn’t want to just keep snugglin’ with this Lady Bird if they could?
But then the alarm went off. Dr. P slid out, Lady squirmed and barked, and my eyes excitedly popped open.
It’s voting day, baby. I had underestimated my enthusiasm to see this election come to a (successful) close. I couldn’t resist throwing on my beanie, boots and new Chinese Laundry puffy coat and joining my man for our civic duty. Walking up, we took wagers on how long it would take to get through the line. I said an hour, and Dr. P guessed “just around the corner”. Here’s the scene as we approached the local firehouse polling station:
Sorry for the blurry photo! I snapped it while walking, but we were both right- around the corner and it took us an hour. But no biggie! I read an article on nutrition through my Pocket app on my phone, and Sean scanned the crowd for voter fraud (just kidding!).
But seriously, about Pocket- it’s an AMAZING app that allows you to save links or articles to read later. Check it out! Game changer.
So by the time we got back to the house, both Lady and I were ready for some grub. She? Parmesan-crusted dry dog food. Me? I had some extra time so I decided to turn my oatmeal into oatmeal pancakes. I love my oatmeal pancakes!
Here is the deal- you can have a bowl of oatmeal with toppings and a side of eggs. This is fab. But you can also toss them all into your blender, and pan sear them as yummy pancakes for a twist on typical nomnoms.
Today I used frozen strawberries, quick oats, eggs, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and cinnamon.
Concerned about using egg yolks? Yolks do have 13 vitamins and minerals and fat to help absorb fat-soluble vitamins. New research also notes that a few eggs a week likely have no negative outcomes, and may even slightly reduce stroke risk. We can’t determine causation with this type of study, but the data is interesting. So in moderation? Eggs are likely A-ok.
For fat and calorie moderation but increased protein, since I lifted yesterday, I choose to use 4 egg whites and 2 yolks- changing this ratio may change texture a bit.
In the end, the result looks and feels like perfect, slightly strawberry-pink, high fiber, high protein pancakes.
Oats have beta-glucan which is good for decreasing cholesterol, flax and hemp have essential fatty acids, and yolks are full of vitamin B6, B12, D and A. Need them gluten-free? No worries. Just use certified gluten-free oats!
These little guys and a cup of black coffee? S’awesome way to fuel for a day that will likely include stressful evening election coverage.