Each year, IHOP celebrates National Pancake Day by giving away free short stacks in exchange for asking customers to make a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The event is usually held on Mardi Gras (also known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Day), but this year the IHOP’s National Pancake Day will be a week earlier, on March 1st.
This event certainly has good intentions, but we have to remind you that a IHOP’s short stack of three original buttermilk pancakes contains 490 calories, and that’s before you add the butter and syrup. However, we have a few suggestions to help you enjoy the occasion without having a total calorie-fest. After all, you might want to save that for actual Mardi Gras, right?
So, if you plan on going to IHOP tomorrow, consider bringing an friend or family member and splitting those pancakes. Go light on the butter and syrup, and consider getting a side of seasonal fruit, which is only 80 calories and will boost the nutritional value of your meal.
You could also skip the temptation, make some healthy pancakes at home and donate directly to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals here.
Health Pancake Recipes:
February 28th, 2011