The Healthy And Creative Way To Celebrate Pancake Day

The majority of people will be busy making traditional pancakes today and topping them off with all manner of sugary treats. If you are anything like us then you will be busy weighing up the consequences of deviating from your clean diet. If you are finding yourself torn between ignoring Shrove Tuesday altogether or having a cheat day, we have some good news for you! You don’t have to choose!

By getting creative with your ingredients you can make a healthy alternative which you can enjoy guilt free! Below are a few of the possibilities:

Oatmeal Pancake with Strawberries

You will need: Oatmeal, whole-wheat flour, eggs, milk and strawberries.

The benefits: This pancake is a good source of fibre, protein and vitamin C. The average pancake (don’t get carried away with the size) will provide ~167kcal.

If you are not a fan of strawberries you can switch it for an alternative berry or top with sliced banana and almonds.

Bodybuilding Peanut Butter Pancake

You will need: Peanut butter, whole-wheat flour, eggs, milk and vanilla extract (optional).

The benefits: A high calorie pancake without loading up on simple carbohydrates! This pancake is high in protein and healthy fats. The average pancake will total ~350kcal.

Whole-wheat Blueberry Pancake

You will need: Whole-wheat flour, eggs, milk and blueberries.

The benefits: Cutting out just the white flour will leave you with a more traditional pancake and improve nutritional quality. Topping with blueberries will provide you with a good source of antioxidants too! This pancake is only ~210kcal.

Lean Protein Pancake

You will need: Protein powder, 2-3 egg whites, a teaspoon of peanut butter, almonds and sweetener.

The benefits: The protein content of this pancake is very high which makes it perfect for those on a diet to promote lean muscle mass development without weight gain. Each pancake provides between 150-180kcal depending on how you top your pancake.

The Simple Pancake

You will need: Mashed banana and egg.

The benefits: This pancake is simple, nutritious and filling and a great source of minerals. There is also a good balance of macronutrients in each pancake and it provides only ~130kcal.

About the Author

Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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