OK – the eating season is over. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been eating and drinking everything that wasn’t nailed down and out of reach since November 22, 2012. Enough! It’s a new year! A lucky 13 year at that. It’s time for me to start my very own NuAtkins/South Beach/Weight Watchers cross-diet (I’m what is known as an “equal opportunity” dieter).
No pizza! No chardonnay! No vodka martinis (but I can have the olives)! No cheeseburgers or hot dogs in a roll! No pastrami or corned beef sandwiches! (Thank god I'm not a chocolate or sweet lover.) So, I look for my food "rewards" where I can get them... Hence, diet pancakes! Pancakes that are high in protein with fiber thrown in.
What are these diet pancakes, you're probably asking? Well, they're not exactly lo-cal, but they are in the South Beach diet cookbook (page 201) – so they are “diet” pancakes, right? And, my husband and I do some finagling of our own, so the calorie count (or point count if you’re doing the Weight Watchers thing) is negligible. This recipe’s oatmeal pancake batter is enough for two people even though it says "serves 1," which makes breakfast only about 150 very tasty calories (2-3 points)… and healthful, too.
Now if only I can get back on-track... literally... and hit the quarter-mile track at Beeman Park with some power walking and upper/lower body machine workouts. But, I will…
After all, tomorrow is another day.
Happy 2013, everyone!!!
1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese (or tofu)
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Process the oatmeal, cottage cheese, egg whites, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a blender until smooth. My husband has also been know to add some fresh blueberries to the batter (yum!).
Spray a nonstick skillet w/ cooking spray. Add the batter and cook over medium heat until both sides are lightly browned.
You can top the pancake with a low-sugar or non-sugar syrup of your choice. Or a low sugar jam.
Per serving: 288 calories, 28 grams of protein, 32 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 451 mg sodium, 5mg cholesterol, 5 grams of fiber...
But remember, if you're like us and share the pancake (we divide the batter between two 8" skillets), all the numbers above are halved.