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The annual Stuff Your Face With Pancakes Day is on the horizon, so we’ve compiled a list of four alternatives to the classic (but admittedly delicious) butter/lemon/sugar combos.

These treats are definitely worth skipping dinner for…

1. Peanut Butter Pancakes

A recipe that incorporates every #fitfam fanatic’s favourite condiment, these pancakes are just the right amount of sweet and salty. Pair them with some raspberries or a drizzle of honey to bring out the flavours. Make sure to use crunchy peanut butter to get the desired consistency. Recipe available here.

 

2. Paleo Pancakes

If you’re a Paleo follower but still want to have some indulgence to celebrate the advent of spring, try The Civilized Caveman’s super easy paleo banana pancakes. With only four ingredients, you can’t go wrong.

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas – mashed (the riper the better)
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup nut butter
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

1. Combine all of your ingredients using a blender (or some elbow grease if you don’t have one) and mix well until you have a batter

2. Grease your frying pan with coconut oil and pour your batter making 3-4 inch pancakes

3. Cook 2-3 minutes per side and then flip for 2-3 minutes

4. Serve topped with some butter or topping of your choice

 

3. Chocolate Protein Pancakes

These amazing chocolate protein pancakes are an amazing way to get involved in the Pancake Tuesday fun while sticking to your high protein workout diet.

You can switch up the chocolate protein for vanilla or banana for a different twist, or try cooking some banana slices into the batter on the pan from an extra fruity twist. This recipe from Jennifer Meyering is one of our favourites.

 

4. Oatmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce  

Tired of your morning oats but want to stay full until lunch? These oatmeal pancakes are a little bit more ingredient heavy than some of the others but they’re worth the effort!

The buttermilk gives them a nice tang and the cinnamon adds some great extra flavour. If you want to keep your sugar intake low, instead of blueberry sauce, use fresh blueberries and some Greek yoghurt as a hearty and healthy topping. Recipe details here.

 

BONUS – The Classic

You need to have a staple pancake recipe in your life and THIS IS IT. It's foolproof, tasty and you probably already have all the ingredients in your cupboard. There is no excuse – to the kitchen with you. Happy Pancaking…

Ingredients

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil (plus extra for frying)
  • Pinch of salt

Method

1. Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the middle, then pour in about 50ml milk and 1 tbsp oil. Start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff to beat.

2. Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen the thick batter. While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk. Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream. Traditionally, people would say to now leave the batter for 30 mins, to allow the starch in the flour to swell, but there’s no need.

3. Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. Quickly pour any excess batter into a jug, return the pan to the heat, then leave to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. Pour the excess batter from the jug back into the mixing bowl. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 secs and will be ready to turn.

4. Hold the pan handle, ease a fish slice under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against base of the pan with no folds, then cook for another 30 secs before turning out onto a warm plate. Continue with the rest of the batter, serving them as you cook or stack onto a plate. You can freeze the pancakes for 1 month, wrapped in cling film or make them up to a day ahead.

Trudi McDonald is a food bloggersporadic tweeter and lover of travel, gin, cheese and tracksuit bottoms (in no particular order).

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If you want to lose those that stubborn bulge, we have come across a super easy and seriously tasty way to do it.

Taking tips from celebrity trainer Joel Harper, we reckon that eating soup could be the dietary answer you've been waiting for. 

As Joel reveals: "Liquids are already broken down," which apparently in turn makes it quicker for the food to be processed through your body as your digestion system has less work to do.

Not only can this help get rid of the horrible bloating we all get from time to time but it will also aid in shifting them extra few pounds. 

But be warned, not any old soup will be up to scratch. You need to concentrate on the quality of the calories you put into it rather than just the number and also make sure that you have some protein in the bowl too. 

But no matter what type of food takes your fancy, here is a list of soups that will not disappoint taste wise. 

 

Tortilla-less soup

Tortilla-Less soup is high in protein and vitamin C. The Mexican style soup is paleo approved and will keep you warm on a chilly night in.

 

Ginger carrot soup

This little beauty of ginger and carrot soup is high in vitamin A, C and maganese. It is the perfect soup for a detox as it aids in digestion and makes everything happen super fast.

 

White bean pesto soup

This one takes an hour to cook so it will take a little longer than others in your pot. White bean pesto soup has a whopping 9g of fiber and with only 230 calories per serving it's perfect for losing weight.

 

Cheddar cauliflower soup 

Most cheesy soups are known for being too rich in saturated fat, but not this one. This cheddar cauliflower soup is mainly only light green veg and cauliflower in it so as well as having a lightweight soup, you also get all the great taste from it too.

 

Santa Fe-style veg soup

This soup only needs a few minutes prep in your crockpot and  is perfect either pre or post-workout. The paleo-approved soup is also high in protein and vitamin A.also.

 

Curried butternut squash soup

This is a great soup for when the days get colder as it adds a bit of spice and warmth into the mix. Curried butternut squash soup has a great metabolism boosting power which is a proven way to help keep the weight off!

 

Spicy chicken chilli soup

This one is high in protein and really packs in the heat! To make an even bigger impact to your chicken chilli soup, garnish yours with greek yogurt to add an extra dose of digestion-supporting probiotics and extra protein too. 

If these don't tickle your taste buds I don't know what will!

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It started off with Atkins, evolved to Dukan, and now has landed at Paleo. Yes, protein-heavy diets are going nowhere.

At this time of year, when the weather is (occasionally) looking a little brighter and we maybe want to feel a little lighter, lots of folk are trying their best to integrate more protein into their diets.

Sounds easy, right? Until you hit day-three and start to feel seriously bored. After all, there really are only so many eggs you can poach, steaks you can chew through, and nuts you can nibble on.

And boredom, in our experience, leads straight to the biscuit-tin.

Which is why we were oh-so excited to stumble across That Protein, an Irish-produced premium protein powder which is dairy-free, has no added sugar, no GMOs, and is full of organic plant goodness… all of which should result in muscles that recover faster after a work-out; a healthier metabolism, and boosted immune system. Hurrah!

Here are two simple but yummy recipes that caught our eye and are great for the summer season:

 

Orange and Raw Cacao Protein Pudding

Ingredients

  • 80ml coconut milk or milk of choice 
  • Juice of ½ orange
  • 2 tablespoons That Protein’s Blissful Brown Rice Protein Powder with Raw Cacao
  • 1 teaspoon natural sweetener (like brown rice syrup)
  • 60g rolled oats (or quick oats)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional – coconut oils adds a beautiful flavour to this oatmeal, but you can leave it out completely)

Topping suggestions

  • Crushed hazelnuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Orange slices

Method

  1. Combine milk, orange juice, That Protein Blissful Brown Rice Protein Powder, sweetener and oats in a medium sized saucepan on medium-to-high heat until the mix begins to warm and steam. Stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a gentle simmer and continue to stir occasionally. Once oats have fully absorbed the liquid, take off heat. Add a little extra milk if oatmeal is too thick, until reaching your desired consistency.
  3. Serve with your desired toppings.

 

Dairy-Free Strawberry Milkshake

Ingredients

  • 200-250g strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 200ml almond milk or milk of choice
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder or vanilla extract or half of a vanilla bean scraped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp brown rice syrup
  • 1 drop of lavender essential oil or edible lavender flowers
  • 2 scoops That Protein’s I Heart Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder with Chia Seeds
  • Ice cubes (optional)

Additional Topping

  • Edible flowers (optional, but definitely a hit)

Method

  1. Pour all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend till smooth, then pour in tall glasses.
  3. You can also garnish the milkshake with some chopped strawberries or dry fruits.
  4. Serve immediately for best results.
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