Rest Day Recipe: Protein Pancakes with Peanutbutter and Blueberries

This week's rest day recipes comes from a good friend, Larisa Manzo, who recommended the protein waffles recipe from As with any waffle recipe you can also make pancakes--and that is exactly what Larisa did. Protein Pancakes by Larisa Manzo


Protein pancakes with peanut butter and blue berries (331 calories/ 38 grams of protein/ 14 grams of fat/ 16 grams of carbs)

Mix following ingredients and cook:

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (Larisa used GNC Advanced Vanilla Whey Protein)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp water
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 packet of Stevia (Larisa didn't use it but the recipe does call for it)

Serve with 50 grams of blueberries and 1 tbsp of chunky peanutbutter and enjoy!

Rest Day Recipes: Turkey Quesadillas

What you Need:

  • Pan or Electric Griddle
  • (Leftover Thanksgiving) Turkey or Chicken - Cooked & Shredded
  • Soft Taco Flour Tortillas
  • Butter
  • Sliced Onions
  • Sliced Red & Green Bell Peppers
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Shredded Cheese (optional)

What to do:

  1. Slice onions and peppers.
  2. Saute onions and peppers in pan with a little bit of butter on medium heat.
  3. Once onions and peppers are sauteed add turkey or chicken to onions and peppers to heat up.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Reduce heat to low.
  6. Heat additional pan or griddle and place tortillas on surface.
  7. Add layer of cheese on top of each tortilla (optional).
  8. Add onion, peppers, and turkey/chicken mixture on top of each tortilla.
  9. Add another layer of cheese on top of each tortilla (optional).
  10. Place additional tortilla on top of all ingredients and flip to brown.
  11. Remove from griddle/pan and slice into wedges.
  12. ENJOY!



Rest Day Recipe: PB&J Celery

This week's rest day recipe is PB&J Celery...I know it sounds a bit odd, but trust me- It's delicious!

What you need:


-Natural Fruit Spread

-Peanut butter

What to do:

  1. Gather Ingredients
  2. Wash and cut celery
  3. Spread a small amount peanut butter and jelly on each piece of celery.
  4. Eat.
  5. Enjoy.

WARNING: I can be a bit messy when you eat it "sandwich style," so if you choose to do so grab a few napkins and prepare for deliciousness.

Interested in more "Healthier than Normal" recipes. Check out my pinterest board and heck even follow it if you'd like!

Rest Day Recipe: Orange Thrive Shake

Did you know I used to work at a smoothie shop? Yep, I worked with Carly, the lovely lady that brings you this week's Rest Day Recipe, at good ol' Tropical Smoothie Cafe. A great place filled with great people! Carly and I touched base a few weeks ago to check in and see how life was going and it turns out we have similar goals--to be the happiest and healthiest we can be! Carly couldn't help but continue talking about this awesome shake that she's incorporated into her daily diet as a morning pick-me-up, so I thought heck let's give it a try! What You Will Need:

  • Vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • Thrive mix (basically a pre-workout for your day :P )
  • Orange juice
  • Ice cubes (just a few)

What to Do:

1. Get your ingredients together.

Photo courtesy of Carly Guzick

Photo courtesy of Carly Guzick

2. Mix 1 cup orange juice, 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt & 1 packet of thrive in blender.

3. Add ice and blend for for an additional 30 seconds for a thick and delicious shake! (PS: If you want a thinner consistency just blend it a few seconds longer.)

Photo courtesy of Carly Guzick

4. Enjoy!

You know since I'm so fabulous at making smoothies and what not, maybe sometime in the future I'll share a smoothie recipe too...cause you know I AM the queen of smoothies. :P Ha, keep an eye out ya'll!


This post was sponsored by Thrive. Thrive is an all natural supplement filled with minerals & vitamins. It has been known to diminish aches and pains, decrease bloating and other digestive issues, as well as, increase energy and the ability to focus. 

Thrive has a referral program and promoter packages, so if you're interested contact Carly Guzick at or visit her personal page. Carly has a great personal testimony and will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Rest Day Recipe: Low Calorie Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Half Eaten Low Calories Buffalo Chicken Sandwich Let me just tell you that this is one of my all time favorite lunch meat sandwiches to take to work on a regular basis--it's high in protein, healthy fats, and most importantly leaves you feeling full and satisfied when served with a small side!

What you need:

  • 2 slices Sara Lee 45 calorie Healthy Multi-grain bread (90 calories)
  • 3-4 slices (aka like 4 oz) of your local deli's buffalo chicken (approx. 100 calories)
  • 1 slice of Sargento's Thin Sliced Colby Jack Cheese (40 calories)
  • 1 tablespoon Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil (45 calories)
  • 1-2 pieces of lettuce to add a little crunch (optional - 5 calories)

CALORIE TOTAL: 275 Calories

Half Eaten Low Calories Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

PS: Sorry about the half-eaten sandwich photos...I wasn't lying when I said this is my all time favorite lunch meat sandwich.

Looking for more delicious, easy recipes? Check out my Healthier than Normal Recipes Pinterest Board.

Rest Day Recipe: Roasted Carrots & Brussel Sprouts

This week's Rest Day Recipe was made and suggested by my good friend, Larisa. This side dish or snack, if you will, is not only super yummy, but it's also filled with lots of good stuff: Brussel sprouts have 3 grams of protein and a lot of vitamin C and carrots, well you know about them right?; carrots are filled with vitamin A. Chicke, Brown Rice & Roasted Vegetables

Soooo, for this recipe all you have to do is mix together some salt, pepper, garlic, dried mustard and olive oil. Once you do that, season the brussel sprouts and carrots with your delicious new concoction and roast it in the oven at 350F for 20 minutes or until tender!

And if you're trying to make this for dinner, they go really well with chicken and brown rice! Enjoy!

Roasted Carrots & Brussel Sprouts

Do you guys have some simple and healthy recipes you think APOP's followers would enjoy? Submit them in the comments below and I'll try them personally!

Rest Day Recipes: Quick & Easy Trail Mix

Trail Mix is super easy and high in healthy fats and protein.

How to make Trail Mix:

  1. Go to the section of your grocery store where they have those bins full of treats.
  2. Grab a variety of nuts of your choice
  3. Grab a scoop of M&M's (mine are homemade--they're SLIGHTLY healthier) or sweet treat of your choice (sometimes I get Reese's Pieces or mini homemade peanut butter cups). WARNING: To ensure that you're trail mix is does more good than harm to your body, diet, etc., limit the amount of this item in the overall recipe/mix.
  4. Grab a big ol' scoop of raisins or craisins or whatever dried fruit your heart desires.
  5. Anddd lastly, mix all those ingredients together.

Trail Mix is a great alternative to the granola bar (what the heck sticks those things together anyway?--lots of unneeded sugar). Anyway, Trail Mix is delicious and easy for "on the go" and for pre/post-workouts. Enjoy!

Rest Day Recipe: Portobello Pesto Pizza


Okay, I have to admit that I haven't tried this recipe yet, but dang does it look super freaking delicious.

Yesterday's Yummy: Garlic Lemon and Parmesan Oven Roasted Zucchini

garlic-lemon-and-parmesan-oven-roasted-zucchini-edit+srgb. Sunday night I tried this EASY AND DELICIOUS treat for dinner! I'm still craving more that's how good it was! All you need is a zucchini, olive/vegetable oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese! SCORE! Check out Cooking Classy's recipe here! :D

Wheat Bagel BLT Heaven

Here's the link to the photo (and recipe) that inspired my delicious dinner last night: the Wheat Bagel BLT. 😍😍😍😋😋😋 Check out the picture of mine (right) vs pinterest's (left). Lol, I somehow avoided a pinterest fail. IT WAS DELICIOUS! 👌👏👍✊