Why eat protein pancakes?
Protein pancakes are a great tasting breakfast or snack food, especially for people who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. They are very versatile and you can make them as simple or as elaborate as you desire. They also don't take long to throw together and in fact taste better the messier they look, as illustrated in the photograph opposite.
In addition, they are very useful for increasing your daily protein intake. People who lift weights on a regular basis are aware that they need to have sufficient protein in their diets to aid muscle repair and growth.
If you are trying to stay healthy and train for a bodybuilding or figure competition it is extremely important that you are consistent with your diet. This can be hard for many people, but "cheating" too much on your eating plan will mean attaining less desirable results. With recipes like this one in your tool kit it can make sticking to your healthy eating plan that bit easier.
Of course, it is not only people who are training for a specific event in mind who will benefit from increasing their daily protein intake. Having sufficient protein in your daily diet is essential if you want to achieve a lean, toned look. Protein also makes you feel fuller for longer as it takes the body longer to digest it, therefore helping you avoid those hunger pangs that can throw you off your plan.
- 1/2 cup Rye Flakes / Oats, remove these if you are avoiding carbs
- 1 scoop Protein Powder, chocolate works well
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 cup Egg Whites, if you are separating eggs this would be 3
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Almond Flavouring
- Place a frying pan on a medium heat with 1 TBSP of oil or low fat spray.
- Beat the egg, egg whites and almond flavouring together.
- Mix the dry ingredients (rye flakes, protein powder and baking powder).
- Combine the dry and wet mixtures together and add to the pan. Once the visible side is bubbling carefully turn it over.
|Serving size: 1 Pancake|
|Calories from Fat||63|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 7 g||11%|
|Carbohydrates 13 g||4%|
|Sugar 0 g|
|Fiber 8 g||32%|
|Protein 44 g||88%|
|Cholesterol 190 mg||63%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
The recipe above can be eaten as is or you can treat it as a base and add any of the following extras (remember to count them in your eating plan)
- Peanut or Almond Butter - this will add some healthy fats, but you are best to choose the no added sugar and salt brands.
- Berries, such as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries
- Sliced banana - this will be a higher carb option but in turn makes the protein pancake a perfect post-workout meal
- 1 tsp of honey - although this will add sugar to the pancake honey has plenty of health benefits to make up for that