Fueling your body with the proper nutrients should definitively be something we all enjoy. When I first started working out, a decade ago, I had the false belief that I needed to eat boring, non-satisfying, and lite versions of my favorite foods to get in shape. We all know that nutrition plays a major role in the results we see in the mirror, and on the scale, but we often get confused with all the misleading contradictory advertised diets plans, meal replacements, and food recommendations out there. After years of experience, dieting, binge eating, and frustration, I have finally found my balance and developed a positive attitude towards food along the way. My approach to nutrition is pretty simple; eat when you are hungry, eat real food, make your food delicious and pretty, and enjoy! Ever since, I have started experiencing with new recipes in the kitchen, it’s unbelievable how many ingredients out there can be replaced by healthier and far tastier ingredients in my opinion. For example, when you bake a cake, you can substitute the butter with cottage cheese, the oil with fruit compote or yogurt, you can replace the sugar with honey, the white processed flour with oats, just to name a few.
So let’s cut to the chase and make some pancakes for Pete’s sake!
- 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
- 1 cup plain yogurt or apple sauce
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- a pinch of salt
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (or 1/2cup + 1/2 cup of rolled oats)
- 1 tbsp. honey or agave
- a little butter (no, it won’t kill you in small quantities)
- your favorite toppings (blueberries, bananas, apples, walnuts, shredded coconut…)
- Preheat griddle or large skillet over medium low heat while you make the batter.
- Beat together the cottage cheese, yogurt and egg yolks. Combine the dry ingredients. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry.
- Stir the flour mixture into the cottage cheese mixture, blending well but not beating. Gently fold in the beaten egg whites; they should remain somewhat distinct in the batter.
- Spray the griddle or skillet with neutral non-fat cooking spray (or a small amount of butter) and, when it is hot, add the batter by heaping tablespoon, making sure to include some of the egg whites in each spoonful. Cook until lightly browned on the bottom (3-5 minutes) then turn and cook until the second side is brown. Top with your favorite add-ons & serve immediately.
- Makes 3-4 servings. Cooking time is 20 minutes.
- Invite your friends over!! Or keep them all to yourself!