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Hungry Girl Today: 11.7.12

Hey Hungry Girl,

Pancakes are my absolute favorite breakfast food in the world. How can I enjoy them guilt-free?

#1 Flapjack Fan

Hi Flapjack Fan,

I, too, am a huge fan of fluffy p-cakes. In fact, every year on my birthday, I enjoy a stack of super-decadent pancakes! But on a regular basis, you really have to be careful -- they're typically loaded with carby calories, and that's BEFORE you add all the fat-packed butter and sugary toppings. Here are some tips, tricks, and picks for enjoying pancakes without packing on the pounds...

Dining out? Pancakes can really set you back in the stats department. Even the most basic ones are made with eggs and oil. And there's often a hidden pat of butter in between your flapjacks. If you've gotta have 'em, your best bet is to get a side order or short stack, and fill out your meal with things like fresh fruit, scrambled egg whites, and turkey bacon. Then request no butter, and see if they have sugar-free or light syrup. (Use the light stuff sparingly.) Also look for whole-grain options -- you'll get a little extra fiber. IHOP has some reasonable picks on its Simple & Fit menu. But honestly, you're much better off enjoying pancakes at home! So keep reading...

Grab some heat 'n eat finds. Aunt Jemima makes Low Fat Buttermilk Pancakes that are tasty and have pretty great stats -- you get three pancakes for 210 calories and 2g fat (PointsPlus