For some of us, plain-old pancakes are an excuse to eat cake for breakfast. But starting the day with added fiber and protein will help prevent the sugar jolt and crash, giving you more sustained energy throughout the day. Here are six ways to turn your pancakes into power food.
1. Add whole grains
Swap out some of the white flour for whole-wheat, rye or buckwheat. (You might need to increase the liquid because whole-grain flours are thirstier.) You could also add polenta, oats or cooked whole grains to give them extra fiber.
2. Add nut meal
For a boost of healthy fat and protein, substitute finely ground almonds, walnuts or other nuts for some of the flour. You can buy some nut flours premade or grind your own in a food processor. Just add a tablespoon of flour to prevent the nut flour from turning into nut butter.