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The Pancake Problem (and solution!)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I love pancakes. My family loves pancakes. Pancakes are a great Sunday breakfast item.

I've worked out a fairly lowfat/ high fiber recipe that the entire family eats with no complaints....


I was having a personal problem because I was always overloading my calories and was hungry again 2-3 hours later. It was a protein problem (once I started tracking my macronutrients, I started understanding my patterns alot more.) Now I'm not going to make 2 breakfasts - one for me and one for the rest of the family. That's just crazy! I'm not a diner chef!

I tried bumping up the protein by adding peanut butter to the toppings or eating a cheese stick with it. Only a marginal improvement.

Then I tried that dieter's staple: cottage cheese - 1%. About 0.5 cup. By adding it to my pancake toppings (real maple syrup, occasionally fruit) it adds a luscious creaminess that my brain mistakes for whipped cream (yes really) but I can eat fewer pancakes and "last" longer until a reasonable lunch time.

Here's my pancake recipe: recipes.sparkpeople.com/

Now if only I could get better about not eating that last lonely pancake rather than toss or put away!
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    Yum! My family loves pancakes too. I haven't read your recipe yet. I have been using cottage cheese on top of my pancakes for a few years now. I also add a cup of diced fruit (mangos are amazing!) along with a serving of chopped nuts and 2 tbsp pure maple syrup. When I sit down to my plate it looks like a gourmet creation to me and keeps me full for hours. My family thinks I am weird, and they keep it traditional (which now seems boring).

    1906 days ago
    Also try adding a scoop of protein powder into the batter and 1/4 cup more water. You can use the flavored powders to create flavored pancakes, chocolate, strawberry etc.
    1907 days ago
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    I love pancakes!
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    1909 days ago
    When I was young.... we often had cottage cheese with syrup. It was one of my favorite dishes. Now it is cottage cheese with sugar-free syrup. Ho Hum...

    I am going to check out your pancake recipe!!!
    1909 days ago
    Good idea.
    I'm a huge (pun intended) fan of greek yogurt. Have you tried that on your pancakes or perhaps using it to make the pancakes?

    1910 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    Mmmm, love pancakes--every single kind. The cottage-cheese thingy scares me, though. I wonder if it could get beat or whipped and adding it the batter? But I really like the thought of eating some protein with the carbs!
    1910 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
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    1911 days ago
    Mmmmm...pancakes. I love pancakes of all varieties. And with peanut butter on top? You're after my heart, you are. But I don't know that I can get behind the cottage cheese. Too...cottage cheese-y. (I'm more of an egg white omelet kind of girl.) But I'm glad you've found something delicious that works for you.

    (My Little One experiments with pancakes all the time. She is currently in love with recipes she finds on Gojee and Chocolate Covered Katie.)
    1911 days ago
    I love pancakes too!! Did you ever try Morningstar breakfast sausage patties? They are very tasty and have lots of protein. I eat mine with it and 1/2 banana. Nice and filling.
    1911 days ago
    Great solution! Even better that it does cool things to your imagination (whipped cream).

    1911 days ago
    Ha! I am eating pancakes as I read this. :) we also do pancakes every Sunday. I'll look at your recipe. Ours uses Greek yogurt which bells with the protein. Today I made soft boiled eggs with mine and that was super good.
    I also struggle with the last one on the plate!
    1911 days ago
    We should try that, we have pancakes or waffles every saturday too. Thanks for sharing!
    1911 days ago
    Great idea!
    1911 days ago
    Oh wow what a great idea! Thanks for the recipe. I'm ready to change things up here! :)
    1911 days ago
    Sounds like a great solution!
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