Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and if you are trying to eat a healthy breakfast there are only so many egg whites you can eat. I’ve been on the search for quick healthy recipes and here is one that I found on a food blog which has quickly become a favorite. I don’t like cooked oatmeal as a cereal so I’m always happy to find other ways to eat it.

Despite being flour less and gluten free these pancakes have a great texture and my children couldn’t distinguish them from regular pancakes. The banana can easily be left out without changing the results.

Oatmeal Cottage Cheese Banana Pancakes

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large egg whites (or 1 egg)
  • 1/4 cup fat free (or low-fat) cottage cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Optional add-ins:
  • Fresh berries, chocolate chips, peanut butter
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth, about 30 seconds.
  2. Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with butter or cooking spray and heat over medium low heat. Drop batter by 1/4 cup onto skillet. Add desired toppings such as chocolate chips or blueberries. Cook until bubbles appear on top. Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside. Wipe skillet clean and repeat with more cooking spray and remaining batter. Makes 3-4 pancakes.

*Notes – I don’t use almond milk so I threw in a little 2%. I also didn’t use cinnamon.

Weekend Planner

Put your running shoes on for Pacers’ Freedom Four Race, listen to some tunes at the Del Ray Music Festival, customize your very own Before & Again t-shirt at Periwinkle and learn how to accentuate your best features at Style Speaks’ Seminar – all this weekend!


Friday, June 27th through Sunday, June 29th | Periwinkle Before & Again Trunk Show

The favorite line of printed shirts, dresses and skirts is at Periwinkle for a special trunk show. Each printed top, dress, or tee is proudly produced upon order in the USA. You select a print-design, style and the fabric, from an ever-growing selection – stop by and customize a look just for you!

Saturday, June 28th | Style Speaks Dressing Your Body Type Seminar 

Do you wonder if you’re wearing the right styles for your body type? Do you have a hard time finding clothes that flatter you? Do you love the look of certain styles but feel unsure whether or not you should be wearing them?

Join wardrobe consultant, Cathy Starnes, for a seminar on dressing your body type! This will be an intimate gathering so you will have plenty of opportunity to get involved and get styled. Sign up for the workshop here.

Saturday, June 28th | Del Ray Music Festival 

The 8th annual Del Ray Music Festival will return to Alexandria’s most colorful neighborhood, featuring local food vendors, children’s activities and a variety of live music, ranging in genre from reggae to jazz, blues to rock. Learn more about the event here.

Sunday, June 29th | Pacers Freedom Four Race 

Sweat red, white and blue.

Join Pacers at our newest race, the Freedom Four Miler on Sunday, June 29 in Courthouse. Run four miles for ‘Merica and join us at your favorite Irish pub post-race for some liquid libations. It’s an event as American as bald eagles, Johnny Cash, and apple pie.

Register soon as we expect this race to sell out. Have some fun for ‘Merica. Sign up here.

New Listings This Week

For more information about these listings or to schedule a showing please contact me at jessica@jessicarichardson.com or (703) 864-3438.

The 2014 Summer Smoothie


I make a lot of smoothies -  not because I love them so much but because they are a quick and healthy way to start the day. I usually don’t feel like eating breakfast but a smoothie is something I can down in 30 seconds as I’m walking out the door.

Obviously summer is the best time for smoothies for many reasons, one of which is the availability of fresh fruit. You may remember my smoothie obsession from last summer, the Peach Ginger Smoothie or the Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie.

Yesterday through happenstance I created my new favorite smoothie. I was throwing some fruit in the blender when I realized that we were out of orange juice  (I normally use a little fresh squeezed )  so I poured in some of my daughter’s fresh squeezed lemonade. The taste was shocking, in a crack- addicting kind of way. I thought about it all day and made it again this morning. I know the sugar in the lemonade probably isn’t the best but I don’t use much of it.


Peach Strawberry Lemonade Crack Smoothie

A handful of strawberries

1-2 peaches

a scoop of non-fat plain greek yogurt

1 Teaspoon of Cocohydo (powdered coconut water)

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade.

Throw all of these things in the blender and mix until smooth.

**note – I prefer a thinner smoothie but adding ice and or protein powder would make this a thick shake.


Monday’s Must Haves: Summer Beauty

It’s always fun to introduce new beauty products into our regimen.  Check out some of our must haves for a fresh summer look!


1| Mac Tinted Lipglass in Underage (a favorite of local make-up artist, Suzanne Della Pella) as well as 3| Make Up For Ever Cream Blush in Cool Pink 2| Essie “Strut Your Stuff” Nail Polish 4| Tarte Golden Days and Sultry Nights Palette for a smokey summer eye and 5| Kerastase 24 Carat Care Shampoo and Conditioner and the Elixir Ultime a nourishing oil for your hair that smells devine (Salon Bisoux sent us home with some samples and they truly are fabulous products. You can pick up the entire Kerastase line at the salon.

Weekend Planner


Saturday is PACKED full of fun activities. Get ready for the weekend! Take the Baseball Boat from the Alexandria Harbor over to National’s Stadium, hit up the Alexandria Food & Wine Festival, catch Despicable Me 2 at Cinema Del Ray and shop Queen Bee’s fun and funky line of jewelry at her Summer Trunk Show in Old Town (see below for a special offer for Alexandria Lifestyle readers!).

Saturday, June 21st at 4:45pm | Burgers, Beverages, Boat Ride and Baseball with Overwood 

Overwood is sponsoring a river trip to see the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 21st. The event will begin with a send off party from 4:45pm – 5:45pm at Overwood with burgers, hot dogs, salad & beverages (Must be 21 to receive alcoholic drinks). @ 5:45pm, we’ll walk down to the Alexandria Harbor where the Potomac River Boat departs. Limited tickets available. Payment in FULL has to be made at the time of your order. Stop by or call 703-535-3340$65.00 covers the whole affair.

Saturday, June 21st from 12:00pm to 5:00pm | Alexandria’s Food and Wine Festival 

It is an annual signature event that transforms the Carlyle District into a lively festival, complete with live entertainment, a children’s corner, and food and wine tasting. Over 10,000 people are anticipated for this community event. Local restaurants will compete for the best appetizer, the best main course and the best desert. People will be able to sample food and wine from diverse local restaurant and Virginia’s wineries.

Saturday, June 21st at 7:o0pm | Cinema Del Ray

Bring the family, friends, blankets and chairs – but no four-legged friends please! Fun starts at 7 p.m., movie begins at dusk. On fields of Mt. Vernon Rec Center at Mt. Vernon Ave and Commonwealth Ave.


Saturday, June 21st from 10:00am to 5:00pm & Sunday, June 22nd from 12:00pm to 5:00pm | Queen Bee Designs Summer Trunk Show

Alexandria’s own Allison Priebe Brooks of Queen Bee Designs is hosting a jewelry trunk show and in Old Town this weekend! This top designer wants you to treat yourself to something HOT for Summer with one of a kind and limited edition baubles from Queen Bee Designs signature line of statement jewelry – www.QueenBeeDesigns.com! This event is Queen Bee’s BIGGEST & BEST event of the season! Guests are invited to a gorgeous private home in Old Town Alexandria at 114 Duke Street for a shopping extravaganza this weekend only – Saturday, June 21st 10am-5pm and Sunday, June 22nd – 12:00pm-5:00pm

All jewelry & accessories will be offered at wholesale prices – up to 50% retail. Prices start at just $5 – there is something for everyone with beautiful jewelry at every price level. The trunk show will also be catered with delicious food and the chilled champagne flowing all weekend! This is the perfect event for fashionistas to buzz by with girl-friends. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend.

**We are also giving Alexandria Lifestyle readers a special incentive! Post the link/invite to your Facebook page, send to your list serv, bring a friend or do anything to help spread the buzz on Queen Bee’s Summer Trunk Show and receive a special FREE gift. *Mention code #Lifestyle.

*Guests may RSVP to Facebook or register through Constant Contact.

New Listings this Week

For more information about these listings or to schedule a showing please contact me at jessica@jessicarichardson.com or (703) 864-3438.

Monday’s Must Haves: Flip-Flops

It’s the shoe of the season. And just when you thought all flip-flops looked the same, think again.  From jellys to weaves and bows – this summer rock some flops with pizzaz.


1 | Salvatore Ferragamo Pandy Jelly Thong 2| Kate Spade Fiji Flip Flops 3| Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly Flop 4| Tory Burch Schaeffer Flip Flop

Open House

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In the market for a new home?

Stop by my open house  in Braddock Heights

2901 Cameron Mills Rd. Alexandria

Sunday June 15 from 1-3 pm



Weekend Planner

This weekend is all about dad.  Periwinkle kicks off their Summer Trunk Show Series with a Peter Millar Trunk Show.  And, if you are looking for a fun (& tasty) activity on Sunday – treat dad to some BBQ at Mount Vernon.

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Peter Millar Trunk Show at Periwinkle – all weekend

Celebrate Dad and all the men in your life with some distinctive clothes from Peter Millar at the Periwinkle trunk show at the Potomac Greens store.

The Peter Millar style is for individuals who are elegant without being uncomfortable. They wish to be classic and stand out for who they are and not just what they wear. They are ready for anything and any mood, from the morning business meeting, to after work cocktails, then to an evening barbeque. They never want to feel under or over-dressed.

Father’s Day Barbecue at Mount Vernon – Sunday, June 15th (11 am to 5 pm)

Treat Dad to a special Father’s Day barbecue at the Mount Vernon Inn on June 15! Your choice of an entrée, side, dessert, and beverage is $30 for adults, $15 for children (ages 6 – 11), and free for children 5 and under. Call 703.780.0011 to reserve your table. View the menu: MountVernon.org/Inn

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