Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.


Banana and Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Oh My!

Banana and peanut butter has been my go-to snack lately (sometimes with chocolate chips).  I used to never eat that large of a snack.  I’d stick with the banana only in most cases.  But now that I’m running so much more I’ve found that I really need the extra protein.  Obviously.

snack 1

Learning that it’s totally ok to have a more substantial snack has been a bit challenging because of that whole ballet body image thing.  In the past, a larger snack would freak me out and make me think I was going to gain weight.  But you know what?  I haven’t.  I guess what they say about eating more actually helping your metabolism is true.

snack 3

I’ve been eating a small mid-morning snack too.  Lately it’s been string cheese.  I’ve had a mini protein shake (just 1/2 scoop protein powder and water) after morning runs.  I haven’t really altered my main meals.  Or my desserts.

And you know what?  I’m not gaining weight.

I finally took the risk with eating more (in a good way) and didn’t freak out.  If you had told the bunhead Melissa that this would happen, she would have laughed in your face.

snack 2

I guess I’m making progress.  🙂


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Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes

While I was at Kelly’s bachelorette today, Mat made sweet potato protein pancakes. However, all he told me was that there was a surprise waiting for me in the fridge.  I love my husband.  🙂

Since I didn’t eat much at the brunch, I definitely needed a pick me up.  I ate three of the four pancakes he left for me with peanut butter and pumpkin smeared on top and sliced the nectarine I had brought home from San Diego (Vanessa is so awesome – she went to the grocery store and bought a bunch of snacks).


You want the recipe?  I thought so.  🙂

Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes


1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes, microwaved for 5 minutes and cooled)

2 scoops protein powder (ours is chocolate)

2 tsp baking powder

1-2 tsp sugar or stevia

1 cup egg whites

2 tbsp flaxseed meal

1-2 tbsp vanilla extract


Mix all ingredients together.  Cook pancakes on griddle until done, like you would any other pancake.

Ta da!!