So as part of the Monday pancake series, instead of a recipe this week I am actually posting a few helpful hints of how to make recipes healthier. Let’s face it-pancakes are not always the healthiest recipes but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them that way. While I’m not saying diner pancakes are made in this regard…you can! While I realize not everyone wants to lighten up their pancakes, many people do.
Instead of adding oil you can substitute a half cup of pumpkin, applesauce or greek yogurt. All three make the pancakes especially moist and delicious.
If you don’t want to consume a lot of carbohydrates, think about using a high protein flour such as peanut flour.
Instead of using high sugary maple syrup top your pancakes with sugar free syrup, peanut butter, greek yogurt, Nutella (well…that is just me), jam and jellies, fruit.
Another thing you can do (disclaimer…I personally don’t prefer the taste) is switch an egg to egg whites saving fat cholesterol. You need something to bind the pancake together and make it fluffy but if you would prefer egg whites to egg that is for you.
Questions for you:
- How do you lighten up pancakes?
- How do you lighten up any recipe?
Here’s the thing. Like my pumpkin pancake recipe, I thought I had a chocolate pancake or waffle recipe on the blog. Sadly, if I did I can’t find it anywhere and I have close to 700 posts so I’m not about to look through all of them. Similar to all recipes, it has a very small list of ingredients and very small amount of directions…because more then 5 directions and I’ll mess it up.
Anyways, I love chocolate.
I love peanut flour.
I love pancakes.
Therefore, I love chocolate peanut flour pancakes.
½ cup peanut flour (you can sub in 2/3 cup flour of choice…)
¼ cup cocoa powder (I prefer hershey’s cocoa powder)
1 tablespoon baking powder (more is needed for peanut flour pancakes)
½ cup-3/4 cup milk (depending on if you like thicker/thinner pancakes)
Sweetener to taste
I love that this recipe is 6 ingredients. Mix the dry to the wet and pour on the griddle. Cook at 375. It’s that easy!
I like topping it with greek yogurt (milk and chocolate…yes please) or peanut butter (because who doesn’t love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate).
Questions for you:
1. Do you use peanut flour? If so, for what?
2. How was your weekend?
Food de Hollie
After my WIAW rage, (ha) I got a few emails about what I stock at my house to cook. I can assure you some of it is probably weird, some is strange I guess not all of it so whatever.
1. Greek yogurt
2. Peanut flour (I have at least 1 serving daily normally…my “odd food”)
3. Eggs (I go through a dozen eggs once a week)
4. Liquid egg whites
5. Sugar Free syrup (for waffles/pancakes)
6. Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder (once you try this stuff you’ll never go back)
7. Stevia and truvia (depending on my mood)
8. Peanut butter
10. skim milk
Lunch foods: (While I normally have lunch on campus, I occasionally pack my lunch)
Which is normally a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a greek yogurt. Well actually it’s two because I have one at 11 and one at 2.
1. Lots of frozen vegetable steamers (broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts!)
2. Fresh vegetables include onions, garlic, kale and mushrooms
3. Frozen steak and chicken to grill on my george foreman
4. Fresh fish normally bought day of from the supermarket to grill
1. Quest protein bars (these are my current favorites).
2. Greek yogurt+ pumpkin
3. Protein shakes made of Xanthem gum, pumpkin, skim milk and greek yogurt
4. Hard boiled eggs
Random other things I like:
1. I always have hot cocoa stocked
2. and ice cream
3. Coffee creamer (I am in a Baileys Irish Cream mood lately)
But other then that I have dessert at restaurants because they are clearly better then anything I could make
Question for you: Name your top five staple foods.
2. Greek yogurt
3. Peanut flour and cocoa powder (for pancakes…it counts as one)
5. Xanthem gum for smoothies
As promised for WIAW, here is a post (I believe last Thursday) of everything that I ate. This was a pretty optimal day for me, I got in a lot of protein and fat, and minimal carbohydrates. On this particular day, I also didn’t eat any ice-cream or sweets (which I do maybe every other day…every two days). With that being said here is what I had that particular day.
And to answer you r question Chuck, I do infact know how many carbohydrates I have daily. I have an entire spreadsheet devoted to them to email back and forth to my nutritionist.
For breakfast I had peanut flour pancakes. Peanut flour has saved me from ever having protein powder again (and for having pancakes). I have pancakes and have my protein+fat+a few carbs. I honestly don’t know what I would do without it…actually on days I don’t-I normally have eggs.
Lunch (my lunch is normally exactly at 11…I can’t wait past that..I’m starved!) was this pretend omelette I made. Pretend because my omelette flipping stinks so it becomes scrambled eggs with vegetables and cheese in it. I really like to have a lot of eggs daily, this post might not show it but for me eggs are like liquid gold.
Snack was Chobani Greek yogurt+2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
I liked it so much, I had a bonus round again 2 hours later. (You can refer to the photo above for ease…)
For 5pm Dinner, my mom was making crock pot chicken (my absolute favorite). I opted for the nonrice and bread version and as I explained in a previous carby post I added kale+mushrooms+garlic gloves+egg plant (why not?).
For 8pm dinner (why not?) I just found some left over steak and corn and ate it with ketchup. Because who doesn’t love a bulging protein belly at 8:30pm?
I hope that entertained you as much as it did for me. ;) If you have any more requests, feel free to email me at lolzthatswim at gmail
Questions for you: Do you eat at night? What time do you eat dinner?
WEGO: 10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without. Write a list of the 10 things you need (or love) most.
We all could write a mushy gushy post about 10 people, things, friends, family we couldn’t live without. That would be easy now wouldn’t it?
I get a lot of questions about food and what better way to answer then talk about foods I consume close to daily. I mean this is called Fueled By LOLZ afterall, in between all those lolz-I have to eat…sometime…
- Peanut flour-Lately a lot of my pancakes have been peanut flour based. I make bread with it, whatever. I consume this type of flour more then any other.
- Flax Meal-If I don’t consume peanut flour pancakes, I consume flax meal pancakes. Chances are-I’m having one or the other daily. I enjoy the amount of fat in flax.
- Muscle Milk-Ever since I tried a free muscle milk with Laura at my 5k in Atlanta, I’m addicted. It’s an expensive habit but they are so easy for on the go and when my tummy is constantly grumbling in class.
- Gas Station Coffee-Always having this. Every day. Another expensive habit. No explanations needed.
4. Eggs. Eggs are easy to cook-I am simple and not talented at cooking. It’s like god knew I needed an inexpensive easy to cook food to make up for the expensive crap I buy
I don’t know why I decided to hold up three fingers but I put in hot cocoa and this is what I found.
On that note-life just got tricky and I just went to look at my pantry and refrigerator to see what I have stored in there. Clearly I eat a lot at home…
7. Canned and frozen vegetables. I normally try and steam something at night to go with whatever meat I’m having because it’s easy and quick.
8. When I eat on campus I eat a lot of quiche, but I guess that falls under eggs…I guess…not really. I like to get wheatberry salad but they never seem to have that anymore. Rude.
That was almost too hard for me to figure out. Right then.
Question for you: What foods do you eat on the regular?
Want to know a dirty secret?
Friday Favorite Blogs are still my favorite blogging day of the week.
But a fun fact of my life…I think dirty is the most humerous word in the world. Don’t know why but you can add it to anything and it pretty much becomes hilarious. For instance:
Oh look at that girl over there…
Oh look at the dirty girl over there….
Bah-it makes me giggle like a teenage adolescent. Please judge me I suppose.
This week has been a roller coaster of life.
Incase you have been busy/and or forgot….I quit swimming. It’s been an emotional battle but I think I’m happy-I won’t know for sure, for a few weeks. You can listen to my rambles over there.
On to my favorite things of the week:
My body has been craving salads (and coffee because it’s so cold).
Hugh jass salads from our campus dining hall. I kid you not, some girl the other day was like “oh my god how do you eat all that and not gain weight”. I said I dabbled in running and walked away.
I have also been eating a lot of (chocolate) peanut flour pancakes. All week that has been my breakfast. I guess I’m in that peanut flour phase for a few weeks (until I run out).
Lot’s of quiche and wheatberry salads from the local café when I’m somewhat on the go.
That’s my foodie favorites of the weeks…oh exciting.
This has been currently getting the grimeass chlorine out of my hair so automatically a favorite.
I took a couple days off completely from running to do some of this:
(my hamstring was tight..no sense is injurying myself)…My championship race is next week and I would rather take two days in a row off than take another 2 months in a row off. It’s paying off though and I’m feeling a lot better than the beginning of the week. :)
Questions for you:
Tell me a Friday Favorite of yours.
What is a word you find hilarious?