First off, let’s talk about these gingerbread pancakes!!!…then we’ll get down to business. I completely ripped this recipe off. Just being honest.
I guess I did make one slight change…I made these gingerbread pancakes while the original recipe made them waffles. So, feel free to make them waffles. I do love waffles, I just hate my waffle maker.
I know you are dying to know where in the heck I got this recipe from. I mean, it would have to be super amazing for me not to change a bit of it (lie – I did add an extra dose of cinnamon, apple cider vinegar and salt. Why not?). I’ve been following these Purely Twins –sy’s for a while. I love their love of plantains. They make just about anything you can imagine with plantains – and it’s pretty stinking’ good.
The only sad part’s the usage of eggs. This only happens on occasion (due to my sensitivity). But sometimes I’m trying to please more than just myself ;P. If you are allergic to eggs, head over to my egg-free version.
Now…down to business. This post almost didn’t happen. You want to know why? Because I am so obsessed with my new form of working out. I literally forced myself to sit down and type as opposed to swinging from my bathroom ceiling.
Are you confused?
Let me explain…
Insert > Yoga Trapeze.
Now, let’s literally insert it…
And yes, you have to check out the video.
For those of you who love yoga, you will be absolutely head over heels about the yoga trapeze.
For those of you who hate yoga, but want to love it…this is for you!!
It’s put the fun back in stretching, strength training (especially ab work), and relaxing.
I’m going to share a handful of health benefits with you:
- Improves flexibility: I have gained much more flexibility by practicing my stretches in the trapeze. What’s the trick? Gravity! Less pulling and lengthening on your part. Let gravity take over. Not only are you stretching your muscles and bones but you are also relieving tension from them.
- Alleviates back pain: Hanging freely upside down allows your spine to lengthen, creating space between each vertebra. You will also have less tension on your spine throughout the workout.
- Builds strength: You will experience increased strength in your core and your arms. It’s great for cross-training.
- Total body workout: Almost every muscle in your body works and stretches during a yoga trapeze workout. These natural movements are great for toning and redefining muscles and joints.
- Aids in digestion: All of the different movements and stretches stimulate your digestive system, which is very healing. It is helpful in constipation and indigestion.
- Improves memory: The yoga trapeze helps to fortify your neural connections, which creates a better memory.
- Helps with your psyche: Just like other workouts, the yoga trapeze relieves stress and clears your mind. This also helps get your creative juices flowing.
- Helps make you happy: Going against gravity increases your adrenaline. It also releases a boost of “happy” hormones (serotonin, endorphins, oxytocin and dopamine). Now we are happier and more energetic!
- Combates aging and heart disease: The yoga trapeze increase blood circulation, which helps to combat old age. It also detoxifies the circulatory and lymphatic systems, which lower the risk of cardiovascular issues.
So, if that’s not enough to convince you, let me just share a few of my favorites benefits:
- It’s family friendly: My kids absolutely love it too!! And if it were in a larger space, I know my husband would be doing his strength and core workout on it in a heartbeat.
- It’s easy: It was super easy to hang, it’s super easy to transport and use at other locations, and it’s super easy to use and get the hang of. Also, there are some great tutorials to get you started. Once you get the hang of it, it’s super easy to freestyle and move and stretch in ways specific to your needs.
- Use it for a quick fix: There is nothing better than knowing that at any moment my neck or back need a little fix me up, I can just hop on the trapeze for several minutes in an inversion and walk away feeling much better. I also use it for a “quick fix” muscle strengthener. I might only have a few minutes to spare, so I’ll do some ab work, or push ups, or squats, or pull ups. Whatever floats the boat that day.
- Helps me do things I’d never be able to do: So, you guys who get my newsletter know my goal of wanting to do a handstand. Well, this thing is getting me closer and closer every day. I can do assisted handstands, backbends, one-legged backbends, splits and many more.
- It just makes me feel better: This has a lot to do with the inversions. Prior to the yoga trapeze, I knew that inversions were great. I just didn’t do them much other than the occasional attempt at a handstand or forearm stand. Now I invert every day (usually several times a day). My body feels better, my mind feels better, and my soul feels better 🙂 Reversing the blood flow in our bodies allows fresh oxygen to flow to our brain. So invigorating!!
Would anyone else like to share their love of the yoga trapeze? Or does anyone have questions about it?
Or we could talk food…If you are wondering, I made a pecan butter and jelly sandwich out of my pancakes. And it was absolutely fantastic!!!
How will you choose to doctor yours up!?
- Preheat a griddle or pan over medium heat.
- Put the plantains and dates in a blender and blend on high until nice and smooth.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Use coconut oil (or your preferred "fat") to grease the griddle.
- Use an ice cream scoop to divvy up the batter. My scoops were slightly scant of full.
- Flip when the edges begin to dry up and the underside is nice and brown (3-5). Flip and expect another few to several minutes of cooking.
- Serve warm and topped with your favorites.