As Shrove Tuesday is this week thoughts turn to pancakes which can be a bit of a challenge if you are trying to lose weight. I have found that cooking the fluffy American style pancakes can be great and are lovely to eat as a family so why not try my recipe.
As you will see from the photo when I cook them they are sometimes different sizes but you don’t have to worry as they just taste as delicious and are filling so a serving like this at 190 calories is great as a treat on the day.
You can make them as a savoury alternative omitting the sugar and add peppers or mushrooms and of course either way they can make a great breakfast.
You can also perhaps think about giving up something for Lent maybe alcohol or chocolate, a short amount of time giving these things up can help to keep you on track in the future if you are trying to lose weight. I will be cutting out chocolate this year!
Fluffy American Pancakes only 190 calories
Serves 2 (3 or 4 pancakes each) 190 cals per serving
Preparation 10 minutes cooking 10minutes
1 large egg (separated)
25g self raising flour
25g porridge oats
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
75mls skimmed milk
In a clean bowl whisk the egg white until it is soft and holds peaks. In another bowl beat the egg yolk, flour, oats, sugar and milk together.
Gently fold the egg white into the mixture with a metal spoon gently keeping the volume
Heat a non-stick small pan and spray with low fat oil. Place a tablespoon of the mixture into the pan to make a small pancake, depending on the size of the pan you can do a few at a time turning when they have puffed up.
Set aside and wrap in a clean tea towel to keep warm while you gently warm the blueberries to serve with pancakes and a sprinkling of cinnamon if you want.
Will make 3-4 pancakes each
You can use other fruit or if you omit the sugar you could make these into savoury pancakes and perhaps add mushrooms or peppers.
Happy Easter and I hope like me you enjoy this holiday with your family.
Of course at Easter we all tend to be spoilt with the traditional chocolate Easter eggs and so much more. The one thing that is so difficult with chocolate is that it so easy to eat and so difficult to resist.
I have been given lovely box of Lily O’Brien dessert chocolates instead of an egg and these are quite hard to resist but I will try to just have one or two today and then keep the others so I can have one with a cup of coffee each day.
Thinking back to Easter Eggs though it can be a good idea after Easter Sunday to break these up if you have a lot and put the pieces in the freezer to have as a treat from time to time.
I know this Easter it will be hard to resist chocolate particularly as the weather forecast is so bad.
But I do think having a little bit of chocolate to look forward to is better then the feeling you have when you have eaten too much chocolate perhaps feel a little sick but certainly guilty.
My Easter Treat
Hopefully if you are losing weight Easter will not have taken you off track. It is difficult when there is so much chocolate about and also as the weather has been quite good you may well have had days out. This adds the challenge of burgers, ice creams and much much more.
Remember though if you want to look good for your summer holiday and be wearing nice clothes and be happy with the photographs there is still time to lose weight.
I have decided to set me self a target of losing 5kg before I go on my main holiday for 3 weeks June/July. I decided to do this in kgs rather than lbs to focus my mind so I have 10 weeks to do this. This equates to just over 11lbs so about a lb a week. This will allow me to go on holiday with a bit of room to manoeuvre when I am eating and drinking.
What will your target be -if you want help and want to lose up to 2lbs a week before your summer holidays contact me at ww.weight-away.org and I can help.
This time of the year makes me feel so much more energetic and seeing all the spring flowers makes me smile.
As we get closer to Easter though the temptation of chocolate can be a real problem so today I am posting my Weight Away Spring Special with a few ideas for how to celebrate over Easter.
Hope you enjoy
weight away spring special