It's National Pancake Day. (IHOP honors the holiday in February. Sorry, IHOP -- you're outnumbered on this one.) This is exciting, people. 'Cuz we're helping you celebrate. Get ready for a guilt-free FLAPJACK FRENZY!
Mix It Up!
Boxed and ready to rock your socks...
Fiber One Complete Pancake Mix - When they say complete, they aren't kidding! All you have to do is add water... THAT'S IT! (Okay you do have to cook 'em in a pan, too.) A half-cup of the mix will make about three pancakes, which will amount to 180 calories, 3.5g fat, 36g carbs, 5g fiber, and 6g protein ( PointsPlus® value 5*). We knew we could count on you, Fiber One. This mix is brand-new but SO worth tracking down. If it's not on the shelves at your local market yet, DEMAND IT.
Aunt Jemima Whole Wheat Blend Pancake & Waffle Mix - Here we have super-low stats and a pretty impressive amount of fiber -- 1/4 cup of the mix makes about three 4-inch pancakes and contains 120 calories, 0.5g fat, 26g carbs, 3g fiber, and 4g protein ( PointsPlus® value 3*). But those numbers are for the mix ALONE, and the directions call for adding an egg, oil, and milk. We say you IGNORE those directions and check out our tips & tricks below.
Hungry Jack Just Add Water Extra Light & Fluffy Pancake & Waffle Mix - It's another just-add-water boxed mix... YAY! A 1/3-cup serving of the mix has 150 calories, 2g fat, 30g carbs, <1g fiber, and 4g protein ( PointsPlus® value 4*), and it churns out three 4-inch pancakes. We support our hungry pal and his p-cake mix! Pssst, Jack... ADD SOME FIBER!
Just heat 'n eat!
Aunt Jemima Low Fat Buttermilk Pancakes - If you are super-lazy or in a rush, check out these nuke-able, frozen, low-fat flapjacks. Three of them contain 200 calories, 3g fat, 39g carbs, 1g fiber, and 5g protein ( PointsPlus® value 5*). Not bad for a pancake b-fast that's ready in minutes and requires no cleaning of a mixing bowl, pan, and spatula!
Dr. Praeger's Potato, Spinach, Broccoli, and Sweet Potato Pancakes - Don't panic. These pancake flavors are NOT mixed together to form one wacky flavor combo -- they are four separate varieties! And yes, we know these are NOT breakfast pancakes like the others in this email, but we like them, and they ARE called pancakes. Each one contains 80 - 100 calories, 2 - 4g fat, 9 - 13g carbs, 2 - 3g fiber, and 2g protein ( PointsPlus® value 2*). But like we say with all Dr. P's products, blot the excess oil (because there WILL be excess oil!).
Just for Kicks...
We couldn't NOT include these...
Organic Batter Blaster Original Pancake & Waffle Batter- It may look like a can of Reddi-wip, but there's pancake batter inside! Just squirt some in a pan, and let the pancaking ensue. A quarter-cup of this stuff makes about three 4-inch pancakes and has 112 calories, 0.5g fat, 23g carbs, 2g fiber, and 3g protein ( PointsPlus® value 3*). Our pancakes came out a little thin and flat, but this item is too much fun to pass up.
Pancake Puffs Pan Set - It makes golf-ball-shaped pancakes that you can stuff full of anything from fruity filling (mmm!) to pepperoni and cheese (make ours turkey pepp and fat-free mozzarella!). BTW, you can get a set on Amazon for a great price!
Tips & Tricks for a Pancake Fix
HG's got your back...
* Eggs, oil, full-fat milk... who needs 'em? Get creative with your boxed mixes. Experiment with fat-free liquid egg substitute, Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze or light vanilla soymilk, fat-free cottage cheese, canned pure pumpkin, and no-sugar-added applesauce. If that sounds intimidating, just follow our recipes below!
* Bulk up your pancakes by stuffing 'em full of fruit. Try berries, chopped apples, mashed banana, and more! Strawberry Banana Flapjacks, anyone?
* When it comes to condiments, keep it guilt-free -- or your pancakes will get weighed down and so will you! Use nonstick spray for cooking and spray butter for topping. Go for sugar-free pancake syrup -- "lite" ones still have around 100 calories per 1/4 cup, but sugar-free ones top out at 35. And, if you crave a mountain of whipped topping, make it Fat Free Reddi-wip!
* Watch out for restaurant pancakes. Even the most basic ones are made with eggs and oil. Factor in that pat of butter squished between each cake, the syrup you pour on top, plus the inevitable sides they're served with, and you're looking at serious fat and calorie counts. Case in point? The simple pancake breakfast at Mimi's Café -- four pancakes, two eggs, and bacon or sausage -- contains an alarming 1,252 calories and 57g fat. GULP.
CHEW ON THIS: It's National Pancake Day, people. Enjoy your p-cakes!
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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.