My daughter and I make pancakes on Saturday or Sunday every weekend. We usually do this in our pajamas and we always make a disaster zone out of the kitchen. It’s delicious bonding time that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Except maybe chocolate. But with these pancakes, absolutely no sacrifices are made.
The two of us love chocolate, strawberries, and pancakes so it seemed that marrying these ingredients would be an exciting way to get out of our standard blueberry pancake rut. We were pleasantly surprised. She enjoyed dropping her favorite fruit in to the batter and I enjoyed indulging in something at breakfast that beat just about any dessert I’d had recently.
In this recipe, you get to have a rich, satisfying serving of chocolate without overdoing it, all the while filling up on a whole grain pancake loaded with fresh, juicy strawberries.
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I’ve loved pancakes for what seems like forever and have held them in high esteem as my favorite breakfast ever since I was a kid. Perhaps that’s the reason they were the only item my mom could make – besides brown sugar cinnamon Pop Tarts – that was able to lure me out of bed in the morning for school. Somehow, 7 a.m. seemed a little more manageable if a stack of warm pancakes and maple syrup were greeting me at the breakfast table.
This love for flapjacks has led my friends to count me as the official “pancake queen” in our social circle, and they always seem to seek my expertise when they’re getting ready to cook up a batch of their own. While pancakes may have gained a bad reputation for being overly sweet and not the most nutritious breakfast dish on the block, it’s my conviction that they can actually be made quite healthy with a few simple tweaks.
In testing countless recipes and variations of pancakes myself, I’ve found that you can health-ify just about any pancake recipe out there and even make it vegan-friendly, gluten-free and far lower in calories, fat, and sugar than many would suspect while still maintaining amazing flavor and texture.
To help you get a leg up on the healthy pancake movement, I’ve compiled a list of seven simple says to “Pimp Your Pancake” and boost their healthy reputation on your breakfast table. With these easy-to-follow tips you’ll learn how to add more protein, flavor, and heartier texture to your pancakes without sacrificing an ounce of flavor. Click the slideshow to get started!
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The best part about this weekend is the fact that Labor Day is Monday and many Americans will enjoy their day off observing the holiday. But before the weekend can officially commence, it’s time to wrap up the week with some healthy news. This week’s HealthBuzz includes several stories, including why you should consider ditching soda, how exercising for 30 minutes is better for weight loss than one hour, and breakfast recipes for a healthy four-day weekend.
30 Minutes of Exercise May Yield More Weight Loss Than 1 Hour
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen followed 60 overweight Danish men for 13 weeks. One-third of the group performed 30 minutes of intense aerobic exercise, another one-third of the group exercised for 60 minutes, and the last group was ordered to remain inactive. The study found that 30 minutes of physical activity helps produce more weight loss than one hour.
How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? New Research Points to a Magic Number
It seems people are never getting enough sleep in today’s fast pace society. According to a new study, eight hours of sleep isn’t the magic number for sleep anymore. Find out what the new magic number is!
Celebrity Trainer Tracy Anderson Attacked in Media
Tracy Anderson is known for providing her fitness and diet expertise to stars like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. This week, she came under fire for some statement she made in DuJour Magazine regarding woman and their post-baby bodies. Tracy appeared on Good Morning America to defend her comments. What was her controversial quote?
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By now, most people are well aware of the health benefits green tea provides. From cancer-fighting antioxidants to helping with weight management and even fighting fat, it seems there’s nothing this mighty green drink can’t do.
A lesser known variation of classic loose leaf or bagged green tea, however, is green tea powder – a finely ground version that provides even more health benefits than non-powdered varieties. This is because it’s concentrated and can be directly ingested instead of being steeped and watered down. Think of it as being hooked up to a green tea IV – direct benefits without the filter.
Needless to say, we’re big fans of green tea. So when we discovered EatGreenTea.com, which sells 100 percent organic powdered green tea, we jumped at the chance to try it. Our shipment came quick and the package even boasted the health benefits inside our mighty green powder.
According to their website, there is 10,000 percent more EGCG – the powerful antioxidant found in green tea – in edible green tea than there is in brewed varieties. This means you could drink 30 cups of brewed tea to get the same benefits found in 1 teaspoon of edible green tea powder! Consider us convinced.
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Tomorrow is National Pancake Day, and since 2006 the most well-known purveyor of pancakes gives away short stacks to celebrate. Tomorrow, on February 28, you can visit your local IHOP restaurant and be served a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. You are encouraged to leave a donation in exchange for the free pancakes, which will be given tot he Children’s Miracle Network, an incredible organization that makes dreams come true for terminally ill children.
We say, give the gift of a donation directly to Children’s Miracle Network and let IHOP keeps its over-processed stack of cakes. The event has the best of intentions, but charitable calories count the same as any others.
IHOP’s short stack comes with three buttermilk pancakes, which has 490 calories before you add butter and syrup. If you plan on ordering a full breakfast by adding sausage, bacon, ham, hash browns, or even doctoring your cup of coffee, you’re going to send the calories, fat, and sodium for this “free” breakfast through the roof. You’ll need one hour of high-intensity aerobics just to burn the pancakes before condiments. Plus, this nutritionally void meal will leave you running out of steam well before lunch.
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