Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Healthy pancakes for breakfast.............

Healthy breakfast pancakes (serves 4)


50g (2oz) wholemeal flour

50g (2oz) buckwheat flour


1 serving Herbalife Protein Powder

A few generous pinches of cinnamon powder

300mls (1/2 pint) coconut milk

2 teaspoons olive oil

Sift both flours into a bowl; add the bits left over in the sieve. Add the protein powder and cinnamon. Beat the egg, milk and oil together, and then slowly add to the flour. Stir until a smooth batter forms. If the mixture is a little thick add more milk till you’re happy with the consistency. Cover and leave to stand for 20 minutes, then stir through again.

Put a teaspoon of oil in a non-stick frying pan. When it’s hot add three tablespoons of the mixture, shake the pan to move it around and coat the pan. Cook for 2 / 3 minutes until the bottom is lightly browned, then turn over and cook the other side for a minute or so.

Serve warm with a handful of berries and a dollop of low fat yogurt or cr̬me fraicheРyum!

What makes these pancakes so good for you?

Buckwheat flour is high in protein and provides all of your 8 essential amino acids. It is high in fibre and minerals including, manganese, copper, zinc, iron and phosphorous. It is also known to lower blood sugar levels so therefore beneficial to diabetes sufferers.

Cinnamon is said to be a fantastic spice for aiding weight loss. It also regulates swings in blood sugar and cuts hunger spikes.

Coconut milk is quite high in fat but most of this is from MCFA's (medium chained fatty acids). These are not readily stored in the body but are absorbed directly from the intestines and sent to the liver to be metabolized where they are mostly burned as fuel.

Berries, all kinds of course are very nutritious and low in calories. They provide us with fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate, and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese and potassium. And are abundant with phytochemicals and antioxidants all know to fight off free radicals, and may help stave off some cancers.

So having these pancakes for breakfast then being active for the rest of the day could actually help you lose weight!

Till next time, enjoy those pancakes :)


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