As the New Year rolls around, you might be looking to clean up your diet and drop a few pounds that were gained during the holiday season. You may think eating healthy means cutting out many of your favorite foods, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Often times you can keep the foods you like with a few healthier modifications without sacrificing the taste you like and the nutrition your body needs. Unfortunately, for the pancake lovers, who might be on a healthy diet and/or is trying to lose a few pounds, your average pancake is a huge no-no. However, with a few modifications, you can have a very healthy pancake you enjoy for breakfast that tastes great and is packed with protein.
Here are five insanely mouth-watering protein packed pancake recipes you and your family can enjoy.
Banana Protein Pancakes
This recipe is quick and easy. Take 1/3 of a small banana and mash it up good. Mix it with three egg whites and 1/4 scoop of Banana Crème Whey-Pro 5 protein powder. Cook it in your pre-greased pan as you would normally cook pancakes and voila! Instant pancakes packed with lots of protein and lots of taste.
Nutrition Facts (makes one large pancake): 135 calories, 16.23 grams of protein, 9.61 grams of carbohydrates, 0.6 gram of fat.
Peanut Butter Pancakes and Banana Protein Pancakes
Here is another simple, yet delicious pancake that is packed with protein. Combine ½ scoop of Banana Crème Whey-Pro 5 protein powder, 3 egg whites, 1-2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (or nut butter of choice) and ¼ cup of unsweetened almond milk. Combine everything in a blender until a thick batter is formed. Pour it into a pre-greased frying pan, cook and there you have it! If you want to switch it up or want a bonus, top it off with some low sugar or sugar free jelly for a peanut butter, and jelly pancake.
Nutrition Facts (using 2 tablespoons of peanut butter no jelly): 322.5 calories, 33.75 grams of protein, 8.25 grams of carbohydrates, 17 grams of fat.
Apple Protein Pancakes
Apples make a pretty good and delicious pancake. Combine three egg whites, half a shredded apple (with the skin) and ¼ scoop of Whey-Pro 5 protein powder. To save time, you can use ¼ to ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce instead of an apple. Pour the batter into a pan and cook. These are especially good with some cinnamon sprinkled over the top and a few warmed apple slices.
Nutrition Facts (using ½ cup of applesauce and without additional apple slices on top): 138 calories, 18.75 grams of protein, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fat.
All-In-One Protein Pancakes
It’s a one-stop shop pancake! Take 1/3 cup of oatmeal (not instant), 1/3 cup of low fat (1%, no salt added) cottage cheese and three egg whites, one teaspoon of vanilla, 1/4 Banana Crème Whey-Pro 5 protein powder if you really need that extra protein boost. Mix it all together in a blender to make a “batter.” Pour half of the batter in a preheated, pre-greased pan and cook on both sides. Repeat with the remaining batter. These pancakes are pretty sweet on their own, but you can top them with fresh fruit, sugar-free syrup or jelly.
Nutrition Facts (without the protein powder or toppings): 228.9 calories, 27.66 grams of protein, 22.18 grams of carbs, 2.55 grams of fat.
No Grain Protein Pancakes
If you are trying to avoid grains, this recipe is perfect for you. In a blender or food processor, combine ¼ cup of coconut flour, one tablespoon of ground flaxseed, one egg, three egg whites, ¼ cup of unsweetened almond milk and ½ tsp. baking soda. If you want a bit more protein, you can also add ¼ scoop of Whey-Pro 5 protein powder. Pour the batter into a preheated, pre-greased pan making sure the entire batter is spread out into a large circle. Cook both sides and then top with your favorite fruit, nut butter spread, or sugar-free syrup or jelly.
Nutrition Facts (without any toppings or the protein powder): 248.5 calories, 22.75 grams of protein, 14.25 grams of carbohydrates.
There are still healthy and nutritious ways to enjoy pancakes. Some of these are great as a post-workout snack or meal since they’re packed with protein and the best part is that you don’t have to skimp on the fruits or toppings, since you really need those carbs after a workout. So, the next time you’re in the mood for pancakes, try one of these for lots of taste and great nutrition value!
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