Scott’s Health and Fitness Journey

Join Scott on his health and fitness journey where we will explore exercise routines, healthy recipes, beautiful pictures from around the world, and ways to stay motivated!

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 20 mins  Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes made with only 7 ingredients – oats, almond milk, banana, eggs, egg whites, baking powder, salt, and a touch of real maple syrup. Sugar-free, oil-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free pancakes.

Can you believe that the picture above can actually be somewhat healthy? It is! (Recipe Below) Together we will explore tasty foods that are indeed good for you and how you can stay motivated!

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk unsweetened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Tablespoons 100% Real Maple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats (I use Gluten-Free)
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla optional
  • Organic Almond Butter

Toppings Ideas:

  • Fresh Berries
  • Real Maple Syrup
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Fresh Banana Slices
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Organic Almond Butter

Instructions

  1. In a blender, pour in SILK Almond Milk, eggs, egg white, banana, maple syrup, vanilla (optional), rolled oats, baking powder and salt.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Heat skillet over medium heat. Once warmed, spray with non-stick cooking spray or place coconut oil or butter in skillet. Pour pancake batter into skillet in round circles.
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side. Turn over and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Drizzle with real maple syrup and toppings of choice.

Here are some of my favorite food photo’s from my two week adventure in Italy, Spain, and France. I always revolve my trips around food!

1/11/2021: Summer Memories!

Brigantine Beach, New Jersey: September 2020

My wife, Amanda and I LOVE to travel. As you will see in my later blog posts, we’ve been to A LOT of places! I even have a push pin map in my den that has over 50 pins from around the world where we have visited in the last ten years!

BUT….This year due to Covid and our one year old child, we decided to stay local and spend the week down the shore in Brigantine Beach, New Jersey. Brigantine is around 10 minutes north of Atlantic City. The neat thing about Brigantine is that even though it’s so close to the busy AC, it is very quiet, especially the north side of the island where we stayed.

Just north of the town of Brigantine is an unspoiled state preserve called:

North Brigantine State Natural Area. See info here: https://www.njparksandforests.org/docs/dep_nbna_2-28.pdf

This untouched land is phenomenal! It is a three mile walk/jog to North Brigantine Point (The very northern tip of the preserve) which offers unspoiled views of the inlet overlooking Long Beach Island. Plus, you can drive your SUV on the beach! Here is a really cool video of the preserve and beach driving: Just make sure you don’t get stuck in the deep sand! The lone island tow company makes fortunes towing cars off the beach during summer months.

Other then morning walks on the beach to see the breathtaking sunrises over the Atlantic, Brigantine offers high quality restaurants, tennis/pickleball courts, and is great for families and couples alike. Plus being only 45 minutes from Cape May and Wildwood, makes this location ideal. We opted to go the week after Labor Day, which was a great time due to less crowds and warm water temperatures. I highly recommend Brigantine Beach for anyone looking for a getaway close to home!

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12/30/2020: SNOWSTORM!

Snowshoe Adventures in South Mountain Reservation

December 17th, 2020. First snowfall of the season. 10 inches to be exact!

What else to do but go enjoy the untouched powder while snowshoeing through South Mountain Reservation! Took over two hours to do three miles but what a workout it was! Here are some of my favorite pictures from my adventure. Sadly, in New Jersey, the snow doesn’t usually last more than a few days. So taking advantage of the powder while you can is definitely very important!

Bonus: Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned sledding video during a snowstorm! This was taken at the Essex Fells Country Club on Devon Road. They allow everyone to use their hill (It is a BIG HILL) to sled during snowstorms!

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12/15/2020: The Journey Begins!

Three Pictures: Four years apart. Not only is there a difference of over sixty pounds between the two top images, but now there is a complete lifestyle chance. In 2020, I am fully committed and motivated to a healthy lifestyle, not just a diet. Keeping active, eating smart options, and staying positively engaged are the keys to being successful.

In less than four years, I went from not being able to run up the block, to running over 500 miles this year and reaching my goal! It’s cliche to say, “If I can do it, so can anyone” But that seriously is the truth. No fad diets, no crazy workout routines. Making a commitment to yourself, accountability for your actions, and keeping motivated are the tools you need to be successful in this journey!

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