Happy Thursday, folks.

First things first!  If you haven’t checked out Whitney’s guest post from yesterday on how to make running more fun for the New Year, you definitely should.  I’m also giving away a free Nike + iPod sensor, so just click over to this post to enter the contest!  I’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow morning.

Now onto healthier breakfasts!

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or choose more nutritious options for meals and snacks?

If so, you should turn your long-term resolution (it’s just the desired outcome folks!) into a SMART goal and outline specific ways that you’ll do this each day and week.  For example:

  • Replace crunchy snacks like chips with sliced peppers or baby carrots
  • Drink seltzer water in lieu of soda
  • Eat smaller meals throughout each day

Here’s another idea!

Make your pancakes more nutritious:  Turn them into protein pancakes!

Do you love pancakes?  I definitely do.  While I never really crave a whole stack of regular pancakes, even having just one (what I would normally opt for) is a high carbohydrate option that isn’t so good for you.  I had never really heard much about protein pancakes, or considered making them myself, until I started blogging and following other health and fitness blogs.  Now, I don’t think more than a few days go by without reading about some kind of protein pancake that other bloggers are coming up with.

Protein pancakes are beneficial because having more protein generally leaves you feeling more full.  This prevents hunger for a solid amount of time, prevents over-eating and unnecessary snacking, and is great for weight control.  Also consider how distracted you can get when focused on hunger pains instead of your daily work.  Eating a high protein breakfast will help sustain you throughout the day and give you more brain power for the important stuff!  And if you are getting bored with other high protein breakfast options (eggs, meats, yogurts, whole grains with nut butters) protein pancakes are a new option to add to your breakfast repertoire.

On Christmas morning, Tim and I decided to give protein pancakes a whirl for our own little Christmas breakfast together.  We followed a recipe for Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes, as seen on Carrots ‘N’ Cake.  We also tried to make them green with a drop of food coloring to keep with the Christmas spirit, but they didn’t really look that festive.  More like goop.

We made up for our festive fail by dancing around to Christmas carols in the kitchen instead.

Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

Note:  This recipe makes 2 pancakes, make sure to increase the ingredient amounts if cooking for a larger group. 

Pancake Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Apple Topping Ingredients

  • 1-2 medium apples (depends on how much topping you want!)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Dice apple into small pieces and then mix with lemon juice, water, and 1 tsp of the cinnamon.  Cook in a pot on medium heat for 5-7 minutes until most of liquid has evaporated and apples are soft.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together pancake ingredients.  (Here is where we added the green food coloring)
  3. Preheat a skillet (medium-low heat), spray with non-stick spray, and pour in the batter while shaping it into a pancake with a spoon.
  4. Heat until partially cooked and flip pancake.
  5. Once cooked the pancake is cooked through, remove from heat and top with cinnamon apples.

Note:  This looks more like a big glob of something gross, not a green pancake.  I promise it’s tasty!

The protein pancakes definitely had a different taste to them, but I liked them!  So did Tim.  He actually couldn’t finish his one pancake, and usually he is the one going back for multiple servings.  They definitely filled us up for the day before the big Christmas dinner at my parent’s house.  And we both loved the way the apples tasted after sautéing them!

For a side we made sweet potato home fries:

Saute the sweet potatoes and add spices of your choosing!  Ours came out a bit burnt, but at least the leftover potatoes from when I made maple-roasted sweet potatoes didn’t go to waste.

Are you a big pancake fan?  Ever tried protein pancakes?  Do you have a go to protein pancake recipe?  Does anyone have any healthier recommendations for toppings besides syrup?

Here are some other protein pancake recipes that I’ve bookmarked in the past.

I can’t wait to try them all!