Marty and I have been working on "Lifestyle Changes" regarding calorie intake and as part of that we have been trying to follow a better eating plan. We suggest that you look for a common sense approach to eating that exhibits the most nutrition balance and success. Move away from prepared foods, use "tracking" recording your daily intake of food as a way to raise awareness of how much you are actually consumming. You can use calories counting, or in Weight Watchers they use points assigned to different foods. I am using Weight Watchers Points Plus plan right now, and Marty is using a tool on his smart phone for Android called "My Fitness Pal". We find that recording what you put in your mouth makes your more aware, and gives motivation to make better eating and exercise choices.
What I have been noticing is that Americans have been cooking less and less, and eating out more. If they are not doing that they are buying convieneice products to simplify meals and reduce cooking. That seems to be a really bad trend. I like restaurant food as much as the next guy, but the portions are more that any one person should normaly eat at one setting, and the methods of preparations are often high in fats and carbs that are not required to make it taste good.
As part of that plan we have been sticking very close to the meal plans and recipes. Here is a pancake recipe that is amazing and filling and good for you.
The South Beach book offers a recipe for Oatmeal Pancakes that I found eatable, but frankly a little yucky. Here is a twist that I think will still satisfy his intention for the meal. Find your self Bob's Red Mill Oat flour in the health food section of most grocery stores. I found this recipe on the label there, and modified it with the healty eating rules of in mind. Add a couple strips of the South Beach approved turkey bacon, or Canadian Bacon and you will find this meal pretty satisfying for a special weekend breakfast.
This is a Phase Two recipe
- 1 C non fat or 1% milk
- 3/4 C Old Fashioned Cooking Oats
- 3/4 C Bob's Oat Flour
- 1 Tbs Splenda
- 2 tsp Baking Pwd
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 beaten egg yolks
- 1 Tbs Light Cooking oil (olive or canola)
- 2 Egg Whites
Heat milk until hot, stir in Oats and let stand for 5 minutes.
Combine remaining dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and then add oat milk mixture.
Add egg yolks and oil into the mix.
Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold into batter. Makes eight, 4 inch pancakes. Use cooking spray on your non stick skillet.
Use a small amt of legal margarine, and sugar free syrup or sugar fee jam, and I am no expert, but I think you will still be in the legal eating rules for the diet plan at least for a special and occasional weekend breakfast.