So how could I complete a blog on Shrove Tuesday without making it about Healthy Pancake Recipes!
Today’s post will be focus on a few of the funnier sides of this annual food day, along with a little recipe I like to use when making my ‘regular’ pancakes.
So this is the one day of the year where every single fitness professional present on Social Media platforms will try to give you the ‘healthy pancake recipes’ benefits spiel whilst steering clear of the conventional pancake recipe, claiming their method to be some deep, dark secret that has been kept in an underground fitness world vault for centuries past…….so I’m going to aim to avoid that (otherwise this would be a really awkward post!)
I find the whole “Health Pancake Recipes’ preaching pretty funny from a fitness industry perspective for a number of reasons, a few of which I’ll delve in to right away:
1) Pancake day is an annual event and happens ONCE a year, which means that whatever type you eat will have minimal bearing on your overall success / failure, if you treat it as such.
2) A lot of fitness professionals eat ‘protein pancakes’ pretty regularly throughout the year, yet never discuss the act in as much detail as they do on Shrove Tuesday?!
3) Pancakes are a tasty treat that generally are consumed on sporadic occasions, so to sacrifice the taste of your pancakes for a ‘healthy alternative’ when you only have them very rarely is quite frankly a little depressing!
4) ‘Healthy Pancake Recipes’ usually equate to ‘healthy financial investment’ too after purchasing a wildly excessive ingredients list!
These points always cause me to have a little chuckle to myself, as I am like to enjoy a life of balance and moderation, but most importantly feeling like I’m never truly restricting myself in my diet, unless I’m training for something specific (a weight cut for a BJJ competition would be the only real thing!)
I actually feel the people that preach about having to have ‘healthy alternatives’ to rare treats (that are invariably no healthier anyway) are actually contributing to the lack of balance we have as a society nowadays when looking at the food we consume – which is quite ironic given the premise of what they intend to preach about in the first place!
Now I have absolutely nothing against experimenting with different flavours and ingredients in my pancakes, especially given I am one of those annoying fitness professionals that enjoy consuming pancakes on regular occasions! I think there are some really tasty things you can throw in to your pancakes as a variation to the conventional recipes you know and love, but doing so on Pancake Day, which may be the only occasion you actually eat these treats throughout the year, would not be my advice – that’s obviously if you love the conventional recipe (who doesn’t?!)
Putting aside all of the views I have about the ironically humorous nature of Pancake Day, I still want to provide you with a little tangible education for your nutritional repertoire and am therefore going to share one of my super simple, super tasty, healthy recipes that I use when on a ‘pancake breakfast craze’ – which happens at least a couple of times each month!
JCF pancakes ingredients:
- 1/2 – 1 cup of gluten free oats (depending on volume you wish to make.)
- 1/2 – 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (depending on volume you wish to make.)
- 1 scoop of protein powder (I’m currently using USN Strawberry Cream as one of my lovely clients bought it for me!)
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 whole eggs
- Put all of the ingredients in to a blender, or protein shaker if you have a handheld blender.
- Blend until you have a smooth consistency of liquid (you can keep mixture thicker if that is your preference.)
- Heat tsp of coconut oil on a non-stick pan over a medium heat.
- Evenly pour in a small amount of mixture to the pan so that it creates a flat circular pancake look (you should be able to put in three individual amounts to cook at the same time depending on the size of the pan.)
- Cook evenly on both sides until golden brown.
I also like to have mine with a little bit of Total Greek yoghurt, a second banana sliced up on top and a drizzle of honey or cashew nut butter, depending on how I feel.
So there you have it, a tasty take on the conventional pancake recipe, which doesn’t contain mounds of flour or sugar – although this recipe is pretty high on the carbohydrates, so make sure you have a big workout planned after to burn off all the excess energy!
Let me know what your favourite pancake recipes are, and feel free to send me some pictures so that I can gain some cool new recipes myself!
It is worthwhile saying at the point, that I will 100% be going for the traditional pancakes this evening. I’m hoping my beautiful bride to be Georgia will make me when I get home from an evening of clients – fingers crossed she reads this blog before this evening!
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Have a fantastic Shrove Tuesday, enjoy your pancakes (whichever ones they are) and I’ll check in with you all again next week.