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.