• Sunflower Butter Pancakes & Ron Swanson Eats a Banana

    April 12, 2013

    Hello, hello!

    I’m so glad it’s Friday because it means the official start of our vacation is just hours away. Hooray! I can’t wait for Mal to get home so we can celebrate. Ireland, here we come!


    This morning’s breakfast was a delicious one. I’ve been on a little bit of a sunflower butter kick lately, so I experimented with it in some pancakes this morning and, oh my goodness, they turned out really well—light, fluffy, satisfying, delicious, and nutritious.


    Sunflower Butter Pancakes


    • 3 tbsp sunflower butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 banana
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


    1. Combine ingredients in a food processor (or by hand).
    2. Pour batter onto a prepared skillet or fry pan.
    3. Heat each side of the pancake until it is cooked all the way through.
    4. Serve immediately with fresh fruit, maple syrup, or your other favorite toppings.

    Makes 4 pancakes



    After eating breakfast and blogging about running, I felt really motivated to throw on my sneakers and go for run. I thought about doing a long training run in preparation for the ZOOMA half marathon, which is just 7 weeks away (yikes), but the weather was cold, gray, rainy, and, well, just plain crappy, so I opted for a 5-mile run instead.

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    I got my legs moving and trucked along for 5 glorious miles. Despite the weather, it was a really great run—definitely one of those that reminds you why you love running so much.

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    After my run, I quickly showered and then hopped in my car to run some last-minute errands for our trip. I made some green juice to take with me for the ride. In the mix: spinach, cantaloupe, lemon, celery, carrot, cucumber, and ginger.

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    My errands included a very expensive trip to CVS to refill all of my prescriptions. I’m weaning down to 10mg of Prednisone tomorrow, so there’s a chance my GI track will spaz out and start to flare again, so I definitely want to be prepared when I’m in another country.

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    When I got home from running errands, I finished up a couple of blog things for next week. I won’t be blogging from Ireland, but I have a bunch of posts (and giveaways) ready to publish while I am away. Be sure to check in!


    A little while later, my stomach started to grumble. I’m not someone who forgets to eat a meal (ever), but I almost forgot to eat lunch today. At this point, I realized just how hungry I was, so I whipped up a quick egg sandwich with guacamole and Garden Vegetable cream cheese spread from The Laughing Cow. I actually made this same sandwich for lunch yesterday and loved it so much, I had to eat it again today—plus, it was really quick, and I needed food in my stomach immediately!

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    After lunch, I ate a few bites of vanilla cake batter coconut butter straight from the jar. (I may or may not be giving away some Nikki’s Coconut Butter next week. Just saying!)

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    And now while I type this post, I’m snacking on some white bean and basil hummus with rice crackers—both of which are from Trader Joe’s. Mmm… such a delicious afternoon snack!

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    Did anyone else see this week’s episode of Parks & Rec when Ron Swanson eats a banana? I thought it was absolutely hilarious and was seriously busting a gut laughing so hard. Mal and I actually replayed the clip a couple of times because we thought it was so funny.

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    { 20 comments… read them below or add one }

    Karen :0) April 13, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Yum! The pancakes sound delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :0)


    Andrea April 13, 2013 at 8:53 am

    My friends and I could NOT stop laughing at this video. Literally, tears were running down our faces!



    Tina April 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Haha! That was awesome!!!!


    Lauren April 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I need to get to trader joes, those rice crackers look a lot thicker than the ones I get. CVS trips can be so ridiculous, I get those multi-vitamins on amazon in a huge 120 pill bottle. I love that they have probiotics too, so they dont’t mess with my stomach. They sort of taste like I’d imagine algae or chlorophyll would taste though 🙂 they have a great flax and fish oil one as well!


    Veterinarianess April 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I must have that coconut butter. Googling it right now 😉


    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats April 13, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Those pancakes look amazing thanks for sharing. I haven’t been able to find sunflower butter here in Australia but going to keep looking.


    Krista April 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I like the sunbutter too! I’ve never had crunchy though because I’m not sure what the texture is like? Crunchy PB had peanuts in it but sunflower seeds are so small, are there whole seeds in it?


    Stephanie Clement April 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I spy with my little eye the same PRENATAL vitamins I have 😉


    Alyssa April 14, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I want that coconut butter!!!!! Standing by for that giveaway 😉


    Molly @ RDexposed April 14, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Ron/Banana scene was hilarious, especially for an RD. 😉
    Question-do you take a calcium supplement with your steroid regimen?


    Lacey April 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Ron Swanson is my personal hero and that scene was amazing. Equally amazing: his exercise comes from “lovemaking and woodworking.” Love it love it. 🙂


    Elizabeth @ Positive Change April 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Those look so yummy!!! I can’t wait to try it! I have not seen those rice crackers. Have you tried the quinoa and black bean chips? They are GF and so addicting!


    Nicole April 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I just watched Parks N Rec–I could hardly breathe I was laughing so hard at Ron & the banana!


    Kelly Zdrowak April 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I LOVE flavored nut butters. My favorite is actually a cookie butter. It has peanuts in it so it can pass as healthy 🙂


    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate April 14, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I’ll be making these tomorrow 🙂


    Amy @ Healthy and Fit for Real April 14, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Ron Swanson and I have similar views on eating a banana! eeeww!!


    Charlotte April 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I spy Prenatal vitamins! 😉


    Rayna April 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I love a good pancake recipe! I just bought sunflower seed butter last week so these are definitely high on my list to make!


    Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake April 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I really want to make those pancakes. I need to go buy Sunflower butter now!!!


    Myra May 16, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Tina,

    I’ve noticed that you make your own juices – am thinking of getting a juicer and am hoping you can give me some hints and tips. I think it would be great for making nutritious snacks and for getting more fruit & vet. What’s your advice on appliances, recipes or nutritional benefits (normal snacks or workout recovery). Thanks!


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