While you may have grown up eating pancakes for breakfast, like many of the foods Mom put on the table, the standard recipe is not what you need if you are trying to build muscle mass.
It is fine if you are trying to carb load or develop diabetes, but the standard recipe includes white flour, milk, and egg.
Once they are prepared, these babies are topped with butter and syrup, or fat and simple sugars. They include lots of carbohydrates, but very little in the way of protein, and simply are not the best choice if you are trying to build muscle while reducing fat.
If you have grown tired of all the omelets and other ways to eat eggs for breakfast, protein pancakes make a better than the old fashioned type option that is not going to build your gut.
Eat Protein Pancakes
A well planned protein pancake recipe allows you to have your cake and eat it too. By using protein powder to replace some of the flour in this recipe, you can come pretty close to those pancakes Mom used to serve every Sunday morning without carb loading.
They reduce the carbohydrates and empty calories enough that you may want to enjoy with your favorite syrup and peanut butter for some additional protein, but you can reduce the sugars even further by serving with fresh sliced fruit, which also means you can eliminate the butter.
Easy Protein Pancake Recipe
- 8 Egg Whites
- 1/2 Cup Whey Protein Powder
- 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats (Feel free to substitute buckwheat or another rolled grain)
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Flour
Mix the dry ingredients. Add the egg whites and mix well. Due to the reduced amount of flour in the recipe, you do not have to worry about over-mixing as you would with traditional pancakes.
Spray nonstick pan or griddle with cooking spray. Pour mixture, 1/4 cup at a time onto hot surface and cook until olden brown, approximately 90 seconds per side.
You can eat the entire batch (approximately 10 pancakes) and consume only 550 calories, with 75 grams of protein. The grain you choose determines the amount of fiber, but the recipe includes a full 75 grams of protein with only 10 grams of fat. While it is not a steak, the recipe is a good, low fat way to enjoy a high protein breakfast that will keep you satisfied until your next meal.
You may wonder if these pancakes taste like those Mom used to make. In all honesty, you will be able to tell a difference. However, they do come close and if you are willing to make the change you can grow accustomed to them. Many who have used the recipe appreciate the high protein pancake that allows them to enjoy a similar treat without all the carbohydrates.
If you do not want to bother with all the measuring and mixing, several supplement manufacturers also offer high protein pancake mixes. With the mixes, you generally just add water, mix and cook. If you are a fan of traditional mixes, you may feel more comfortable with these options.
Protein Pancakes for Bodybuilding
Of course, these pancakes are great if you are a body builder. They supply the extra protein needed to repair the small muscle tears that occur during your workout to build more muscle. The low carb and low fat recipe allows you to consume high quality calories needed to bulk up without fat.
Others who may benefit from the recipe are individuals following a low carb diet. While the recipe is probably off limits for phase one of your eating plan, it certainly can be an enjoyable part of phase two or your maintenance phase. In these phases, you will probably need to choose toppings other than syrups in order to meet your dietary restrictions.
If you are looking for a high protein breakfast there are many options other than plain eggs. In addition to this high protein pancake recipe you might consider options such as oatmeal to which you add protein powder and your favorite nuts, muffins made using protein powder or even high protein energy bars that you make yourself.
You know that you need variety in your workout to keep it challenging and fun. In the same way, you should look for ways to add variety to your diet, including breakfast, in order to keep seeing the gains you are making.