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Hungry Girl Today: 09.26.08
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 (POINTS® value 3*). 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 (POINTS® value 2*). 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 (POINTS® value
3*), 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 (POINTS®
value 4*). 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 (POINTS® value 1 - 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 (POINTS® value 2*). Our pancakes came out a little thin and
flat, but this item is too much fun to pass up.
Pancake Puffs Pan Set - We dare you to watch the infomercial for this thing
and not want to own one. 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 (POINTS® value
From the kitchen of Hungry Girl...
Blueberry Apple Pancake Shake-Up - An HG book exclusive! Packed with
fruit, fiber, and FUN...
Oatrageous Chocolate Chip Pancakes - That's right. Chocolate for breakfast.
Do you REALLY need any convincing?
Very Blueberry Pancakes - So good they may not need syrup... but we use it
Creamy Banana Pumpkin Pie Pancakes - Yes, these are as good as they
sound. You could try memorizing this book recipe real fast at the bookstore...
but we recommend you play it safe and purchase the book instead!
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News You Can Use! Pancakes and eggs go together like SpongeBob and
square pants. Click here for some egg-cellent ways to get a guilt-free egg fix!
CHEW ON THIS:
HG on TV Alert!!! HG's Lisa will appear on In the Kitchen with Bob on QVC,
THIS SUNDAY, 9/28, at 12pm ET. Remember to call in to say hi! And THIS
MONDAY, 9/29, Lisa will be on Fox's The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet.
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*The Points® 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 Points® registered trademark.
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