For the past 6 or 7 weeks, I’ve been working out hard with a persoanl trainer (Emmett Ballard of Faith Fitness Studio) here in Fort Mill. And when I say hard, I mean want to collapse in tears in the middle of the workout. At first I didn’t do much to change my eating. I think it would have been too much to handle at once. Now that my body has gotten used to working out again, I have just within the last week or 2 really started to clean up my eating
Trust me when I say I need to fuel my body to get through these workouts. It’s no fun trying to find the energy to make it through a difficult workout when all you’ve fed your body are empty calories.
I’ve really tried to up my protein, both to help keep me full longer and so that I can build muscle. I don’t like to rely too heavily on meat as a protein source and I find that protein powder is a great way to get some extra protein.
These pancakes, which are packed with protein and are gluten and grain free, are a real treat if you love blueberries as much as I do. You won’t miss the carbs. In fact, you will think you are indulging on a carb laden breakfast.
I use a “Lite” Syrup (Hungry Jack) to keep the calories low, but I don’t use much. Ideally, I would prefer to use real Maple Syrup and stay away from artificial sweeteners and flavorings. But while I’m trying to lose weight, I’m cutting calories where I can, and the use of artificial sweeteners (in limitation) is a big help with that. Fortunately, these pancakes have a lot of natural sweetness from the addition of the banana (make sure it’s extremely ripe) and do not need much added sweetness.
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Blueberry Almond Protein Pancakes
- 1 banana mashed
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tablespoons almond meal
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- coconut oil
- maple syrup
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl, adding blueberries last so they don’t get smashed.
- Grease a griddle or large nonstick pan with coconut oil.
- Using 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour batter onto griddle. Cook until undersides are browned, flip and cook until pancakes are set all the way through.
- Serve with maple syrup.
Yield: 2 servings (2 pancakes per serving)
Recipe Source: adapted slightly from LivinPaleoCuisine.com
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