If there's one thing I've learned from
dieting always trying to lose/maintain a certain body shape or weight... it's that starting my day off with a big, protein-filled breakfast ALWAYS helps me to stay fueled and on the right track for the rest of the day.
I once had a personal trainer explain it like this:
"Imagine your body as an empty fire pit, and you want to ignite a big fire in there that will burn ALL day long. If you fill your pit with just one piece of not-so-great wood to start with, there's no way you'll keep your fire going. But if you build up a big ol' stack of logs with lots of small, spark-catching starters... you'll burn the kind of fire that will last a LOT longer!"
Translation (or my take on it):
If you start with a healthy, filling breakfast, your metabolism skyrockets, your calorie burn will be greater and your energy will last longer!
Um... sounds good to me - let's eat!
These protein pancakes are packed full of awesomeness and have NO sugar. (well, unless you add some on top at the end...heehee). You can whip a batch up in less than 10 minutes, and have them in your fridge for the whole week. YUM!
1 lb Container of Fat Free Cottage Cheese
12 Egg Whites
2 Cups of Uncooked Oatmeal
1 or 2 tsp. Cinnamon (I usually do 2, but it's up to you)
Mix all ingredients really well in a blender.
The consistency of your batter should be thick enough to coat a spoon, but not so thick that it doesn't drip off easily.
NOTE: The batter will thicken up a bit naturally as it sits.
Pour about a 1/4 cup of the mixture at a time onto an ungreased, non-stick griddle that's about 350 degrees.
Since this batter is made with oats and cottage cheese, it's a bit heavier and takes longer to cook than a regular pancake. For this reason you'll want to make sure that you see all those little bubbles on the surface of your pancake before you flip them over, or you might end up with a gooey center.
When finished, the cakes will look yummy and golden brown, like so!
Again, because there is no sugar in the batter, the cakes themselves won't have any sweetness, but they are still really flavorful on their own. That being said, I'm a fresh fruit and sprinkle of powdered sugar kinda girl...
And when I'm REALLY needing something sweet, I go for a small mound of whipped cream :-P
Oh! and I almost forgot, this batter works great for waffles too! Cason actually prefers it in waffle form. Me? I'm not picky :)