Shreveport Personal Trainer: Pancakes are Good for You?!?!

Posted on 25. Oct, 2010 by in Blog

So we know:  pancakes are not my favorite breakfast food.  But, as I've often told my clients through my newsletter, in the personalized diet customizations, and in general conversation, sometimes my favorites ain't always the best.

And besides. only bad people don't like pancakes.  You're not bad people, is ya?

(Sorry, I'll get back to the English now)

There's no real way to make pancakes great food, but there are a few ways to make it less bad, or even complimentary to the good.  The first is through the big thing I talk to everyone about, nutrient timing.  The idea is simply to take in the right nutrients in the right amounts at the right time.  Since your carbohydrate intake can have a huge impact on how you feel, as well as how your body handles other nutrients, it makes sense for it to be the Big One when it comes to timing manipulation.  THEREFORE, I want you to eat these on one of three occasions:

  1. In the morning.  I know, it's a breakfast food, it makes sense in the morning.  I just don't want you to eat them for "breakfast for dinner."
  2. Before or AFTER a workout.  If you've lifted weights, you've ideally expended a lot of stored glycogen.  By taking in some extra carbs, you can shuttle nutrients into your tired muscles, helping recovery.  When you eat them at this time, though, make sure you're also having a protein, such as a glass of milk.
  3. During your Cheat Meal.  Since there is no real difference in the health and physique of someone who is 100% strict on their diet, and one who is 90%, I recommend taking 10% of your total WEEKLY meals, and just doing whatever . . . within reason.  To count as your 10%, you can have Too Much, Not Enough, or the Wrong Thing.  That means you can overeat, not eat enough, or get your favorite dessert/candy, with absolutely zero guilt.

All right, we have the formalities outta the way.  Howsabout we get to the Pancakes?!

Flax Pancakes What Taste Like Great-Goodness!

Here's What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal
  • 1 cup, skim milk
  • 1 1/2 cups dry pancake mix
  • 1 cup, blueberries(fresh or thawed frozen)
  • 2 omega-3 eggs
  • just a tiny bit of cinnamon

Here's How You Put It All Together

  • Set a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the pancake mix and flax seed meal.
  • In a separate bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the milk and eggs.
  • Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients, and stir just until moistened.
  • Spoon 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the hot skillet.
  • Sprinkle with as many blueberries as desired.
  • Cook until bubbles appear on the surface, then flip and cook until browned on the other side.

And here's what they may look like:

Oh they were so good, you don't even know.  YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW.

So my people, comment below and let me know just how awesome they were!

(Goes to chug orange protein shake and hit the heavy bag)

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