Recently, I started taking on a new approach to my fitness routine. I began lifting heavy weights (everything that women are discouraged from doing because they’ll “bulk up”…simply not true). It’s sad that there are so many misconceptions about weight training for women. I will be posting an entry this week that is specifically dedicated to the benefits of heavy lifting (so please stay tuned for that).

Anyway, when you are trying to build muscles, it is crucial for you to include protein into your diet. Protein also helps your body build and repair tissue, maintain healthy cartilage, skin, bones, and blood. Another benefit to eating a well-balanced diet consisting of protein is that it helps you feel full longer. This leads me to today’s recipe…Protein-Packed Pancakes! These delicious pancakes have almost 47 grams of protein! photo (46)

Protein-Packed Pancakes

Servings: 1
Serving Size: 2 very large pancakes (without syrup)
Calories: 391
Fat: 5.4 g
Carbs: 37.7 g
Protein: 46.8 g

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for 1 serving:
Recipe adapted from Body For Life Recipes

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray.

Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

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Pour batter into heated skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Flip when you see bubbles forming.

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Load your pancakes up with your favorite toppings (I used 1/8 cup of pure maple syrup). Enjoy!

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