Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Happygirl Essentials: Trader Joe's Buttermilk Pancake Mix (Review)

I love Sunday mornings. Especially summer mornings. A short stack of buttermilk pancakes with fresh June strawberries and I'm a happy girl. When I was at Trader Joe's Saturday night picking up ingredients for Caprese sandwiches, I was excited to see that they were carrying a new protein pancakes mix. I picked up a box of Trader Joe's Buttermilk Protein Pancakes Mix (just add water!) along with a container of organic strawberries for breakfast on Sunday mornings.

To be honest, I didn't have high hopes for these pancakes. I was just trying to be healthy. I've tried protein pancakes in the past, and typically the chalky taste and texture make it hard for me to get past the first bite. As I whipped up a batch of these pancakes yesterday morning, I actually had a back-up plan of scrambled eggs ready to roll if these were inedible.

The instructions called to mix the pancakes with just water. Instead, I added half water/half fresh squeezed orange juice. With ingredients that included whole wheat flour and whole grain oat flour, the wet mixture was brown and had the look of high fiber bread. I sliced the strawberries and put them aside.

In a nonstick pan on low-medium heat, I added a little butter for taste and then the mixture in small puddles. As they bubbled, I added strawberries to the little mounds. (If you don't want your pancakes to turn blue when adding blueberries or pink when adding other berries,  add the berries to the top of each bubbling pancake while the first side cooks.)  I flipped them over and they were surprisingly golden and fluffy. Just a couple of minutes more and the pancakes were ready.  I had Trader Joe's maple syrup on the table but we didn't even need it.  The strawberries added the perfect sweetness.One bite and we were hooked. There was no chalky/protein aftertaste. They were the best pancakes I've ever made. They even passed the husband and toddler test.

Our house pancakes mix used to be Snoqualmie Falls Lodge Pancake & Waffle Mix but it's now this one from Trader Joe's. Not only are these pancakes restaurant quality but each serving has 1 gram of fat, 0 cholesterol, 3 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar and 10 grams of protein.

I'm looking forward to trying these with lemon zest + fresh blueberries and in the fall, substituting the water with spiced apple cider.

Trader Joe's Buttermilk Protein Pancake Mix is $3.49 a box.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Sunrise Yoga at Walt Disney World

Today is International Yoga Day and at Walt Disney World, 2000 lucky cast members got their meditation on at Be Well Sunrise Yoga in the Magic Kingdom (in total, 21 Disney locations in all participated!) If you've wondered what it would be like to do heaven and earth pose in front of Cinderella Castle, get your yoga mat and pose along. (I just did it along with them and the combination of yoga + sunrise in the Magic Kingdom is pretty magical.)

In the future, if you want to skip the introductions, and join in, yoga poses begin at 22:00.

Have a happy weekend and namaste!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

you light up

I was talking with someone recently and she was so into the subject that she was talking about, it was like she was radiating joy. I could feel it bouncing off of her. I love that. I love when someone is so passionate about what they love that they glow. It's one of my favorite things.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Summer of '19 Playlist

Summer is my favorite season. I think of the scent of Bain de Soleil, the sun warm on my skin, playing with my friends in the pool or the ocean and nights wearing a cool, white linen dress walking in a beach town somewhere. Music is such a visceral part of my life that when a song plays that reminds me of summer, I can't help but get in a good mood.

Here's my playlist for this summer. These songs just make me happy. I hope you enjoy it too. What songs remind you of summer?
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