Your Healthy Pancake Explored
By Brandi Goodman
Blueberry Pancake Day arrives at the end of January. National Pancake Month follows in February. The fluffy breakfast option may be delicious, but it isn't usually touted as a health food. With some simple tweaks, you can create a healthier pancake version that's worth eating.
Add Fruit to the Mix
Blueberry pancakes are the perfect example. By adding fruit to the mix, you're upping the nutrition factor of your pancake and gaining some important benefits. Blueberries are one of the most commonly seen choices, but strawberries, bananas, raspberries, and apples are solid options as well.
Use Protein-Packed Mixes
Most store-bought mixes won't offer much in terms of nutrition. Try a protein-packed version instead, such as Kodiak Cakes. They're made with whole grains and are known as power cakes due to all the protein and nutrients in the mix. Just three small flapjacks will provide 14 grams of protein while also offering fiber, iron, and calcium.
Try Alternative Toppings
Syrup is the topping of choice for many pancake lovers. The sugary mix drizzled atop your fluffy cake adds tons of flavor and sweetness. All that extra sugar and added calories aren't good for you, though. Try some alternatives. Organic honey is a healthier option that still adds sweetness and can change the flavor profile. You can also top your pancake with a low-fat whipped cream, fruit, and nuts. Some melted dark chocolate is a delicious choice as well.
Make a Homemade Version
Skip the mixes you see on store shelves and make your own pancakes from scratch. That way, you know exactly what ingredients are going into the concoction. Use oat flour and Greek yogurt in your version for a truly healthy option that adds protein and fiber to your meal. Baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and eggs round out the recipe.
Pair It With an Egg
Rather than eating several pancakes, pair it with an egg. Eggs pack in the protein and offer several B vitamins and selenium. They offer healthy fats as well. Start with one pancake and one egg and see how you feel. It should be plenty to fill you up.
Don't whip up an easy pancake and pour on the syrup. No matter how good it tastes, the meal won't do much good for keeping your body fueled and satisfied. Create a healthy pancake version that can fill you up and keep you satisfied for hours. With protein and vitamins added to the mix, your pancake will be as healthy as possible.
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