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Low Calorie Substitutions for High Calorie Cravings: Strawberry Pancakes

Are strawberry pancakes one of your greatest weaknesses, and are you looking for a low calorie substitute so that this high-carb breakfast won't wreak havoc on your waistline? The good news is that you can still indulge in fruity pancakes without consuming an abundance of calories by making some simple changes and slightly altering the original pancake recipe. The trick is to always make your own pancakes, as when you order them at a breakfast restaurant (especially the greasy spoon types), you never know what's going into your hotcakes or how they are prepared.

Whole Wheat Pancake Mix

The pancake mix (or flour) that you use to create your pancakes should always be whole wheat. This will not only help you cut back on calories, but since your body processes whole grains slower than white flour, whole wheat pancakes will keep you satiated for longer. Ensure that the first word on the ingredients list of your pancake mix is "whole," as in whole wheat, because enriched whole wheat flour won't deliver the same nutrients and health benefits.   

Ingredients

In addition to the whole wheat pancake mix, you will be required to add other ingredients to the batter, and these usually include eggs, milk and oil. You can make some simple substitutions to keep the nutritional content of your pancakes higher and the calorie count lower. For the eggs, you can use egg whites instead of whole eggs. An egg equals about 80 calories, while an egg white only delivers 20. Therefore, if you use 2 egg whites instead of 1 egg, you will eliminate 40 calories from your batter, along with cholesterol.

When you go to add the milk, make sure you choose the non-fat variety to continue the low calorie trend. Now comes the tricky part, the oil. It is hard to find a low calorie substitute for such a fatty ingredient, but you can opt for an oil loaded with healthy fats, such as Smart Balance Omega. Here's a little known secret: your batter doesn't really need any oil at all. You can choose to eliminate this ingredient altogether to really cut back on calories. The pancakes may come out a little soft and take longer to cook on the grill, but they will still come out delicious.

Strawberries

To top off your batter and make the final outcome that much more delicious, you will add fresh strawberries to the mix. Simply chop up your strawberries into small pieces, add them to the batter, and make sure to completely mix them into the concoction.

Now you're ready to cook these pancakes up! Coat the grill or pan with calorie-free cooking spray, and cook each pancake until the batter is dry. Even though these are considered healthy pancakes, you still need to exercise portion control and keep your consumption to a minimum.

Once they're finished, you can add more chopped strawberries (or any other berries of choice) to the top of your pile. Top them off with some sugar-free syrup and enjoy.

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