The Importance of Protein in Your Diet
Why should you care about making sure you get enough protein? Here are five good reasons:
It is a component of every cell in your body. In fact, hair and nails are mostly made of protein.
Your body uses it to build and repair tissue.
You need it to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.
It is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
Keeps you full and aids in effective weight loss.
High Protein Pancakes you can Make at Home
Why pay 2 to 4x as much for a “protein pancake product” when you can actually make a better, fresher version of your own?
Here is how you do it:
1. One cup old-fashioned oatmeal (yes you can use steel cut)
2. one Dozen egg whites (you can also use liquid egg whiles like Muscle egg and use their wonderful flavors like cakle batter, mint, chocolate, etc)
3. Four tablespoons Splenda or Stevia sugar substitute
4. Half a teaspoon cinnamon (optional if using flavored egg whites)
5. Half a teaspoon vanilla extract (optional if using flavored egg whites)
Blend all ingredients in blender or with hand blender on a low speed just until everything is blended.
Pour in med/large pan (heated to medium with Pam spray; we like Pam Olive Oil).
Let cook until bubbles form on top of the pancake and start to pop to form open holes (usually 4 to 5 minutes).
Flip and let cook another 3 minutes.
Makes 2 servings.
Here is the nutritional breakdown:
Calories from Fat 22
Total Carbohydrate 25.5g
Total Fat 2.43g
Saturated Fat 0.4g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 263.2 mg
Dietary Fiber 5g
Cost, normally about $1.50 a serving, but because of recent bird flu outbreak (http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2015/06/09/egg-prices-up/28734967/) and rising egg costs, the cost is around $2.00 per serving
Other great Twists to this recipe*
Add fresh fruit Garnish
Use fat free Kraft whip cream.
You can use PB2, as a low fat way to get the delicious peanut butter flavor into your recipe
You can use a high protein oatmeal blend, like those offered from MyOatmeal.com
*You would adjust the nutrition breakdown below if using different ingredients, or additional ingredients.
About the Author Jeff Behar
Jeff Behar, MS, MBA, is a well-known health, fitness, wellness author and anti aging, champion natural bodybuilder (2014 Masters Grand Prix Champion, 2015 California State Masters Champion), and a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert with over 30 years of experience in the health, fitness, disease prevention, nutrition, and anti-aging fields.
As a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, Jeff Behar's has been featured on several radio shows, TV, and in several popular bodybuilding publications such as Flex, Ironman and in several highly regarded peer reviewed scientific journals. Jeff Behar is also the CEO and founder www.MuscleMagFitness.com and www.MyBesthealthPortal.com and a Medical Commentator on exercise for The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the worlds largest medical academy for anti-aging and regenerative medicine, provides medical professionals with the latest Anti-Aging, regenerative, functional and metabolic medicine.
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— Last Edited by Jeff Behar, MS, MBA, CIH at 2015-08-19 16:38:31 —