Happy Pancake Tuesday!!

12 Feb

Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day) is the day that precedes the first day of Lent, also known as Ash Wednesday.  For Christians, Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up.  Historically, people ate pancakes on this day before Lent because it was the last chance to indulge yourself and to use up the foods that aren’t allowed in Lent.  Pancakes, in particular, are eaten on this day because they contain butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.

So, in this spirit of Pancake Tuesday, here are some healthier versions of protein pancake recipes for you to enjoy (even during Lent):

protein-pancakes

Protein Pancakes
Makes 12 pancakes (2 per serving)
12 egg whites
2 scoops protein powder
1 cup oats
1/2 cup flaxseed
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup wheat germ
Directions:
Put all ingredients except egg whites in a food process and mix until uniform. Beat eggs until fluffy. Gently fold processed ingredients into beaten eggs.  Make sure that your bowl is big enough! Spoon about 1/4 cup of batter onto medium heated and sprayed griddle. cook on first side until bubbles appear in the middle and the sides begin to dry. Flip and cook until golden. Enjoy! The high egg content give them a sort of french toast type flavor.
These pancakes have between 20-25 grams of protein per serving.
Clean Eating Whole Wheat Pancakes
(The amount of pancakes made varies greatly based on their size)

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/2 cups unsweetened soy milk
1 whole egg
3 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. olive oil

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Ladle the batter on to a non stick pan without any oil. Keep the heat at medium to medium high. Using high heat will burn the pancakes before they are cooked through.  Cook until they are cooked through and serve, topped with your favorite toppings. Cottage cheese is a great addition for protein.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Dry:

1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp raw sugar (maple sugar flakes)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt

Wet:
8 egg whites
1 cup fat-free cottage cheese (or soy version)
1 cup fat-free plain yogurt (or soy version)
Cooking Spray

Directions:
1. Combine first five ingredients in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center.
2. Combine eggs, cottage cheese and yogurt in a small bowl. Pour into well. Stir until just moistened.
3. Heat a nonstick pan or griddle or prepare a skillet with cooking spray. Heat should be medium high. Use 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Cook until lightly browned on both sides. Keep warm in oven until all batter has been used up.
4. Serve with fruit.

Happy Pancake Tuesday!!

Until next time,

Have a fit and fabulous day!

Lisa

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