Enjoy your pancakes with these healthy toppings
No need to give up pancakes if you're trying to eat healthy. Just try these better-for-you toppings.
Can't bear to pass up a warm plate of pancakes for breakfast even though you're trying to eat healthy? That's okay. You don't have to!
Pancakes can be part of a healthy meal, as long as you pay attention to how they're made and what they're topped with. Start by using whole-grain ingredients in the batter. Then don't give into your urge to smother your short stack with syrup or butter, which can add lots of excess calories, sugar and fat.
Here are some healthier-but-still-tasty ways to top your pancakes:
- Fresh berries – Top your pancakes with fresh blueberries, raspberries or sliced strawberries for a sweet and nutritious addition to your breakfast. Berry-topped pancakes not only taste great but they're a colorful feast for the eyes and can add extra fiber and vitamins. Finish off with a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
- Banana nut spread – Start with plain yogurt and add some vanilla extract. Mix in mashed bananas for natural sweetness and good-for-you potassium. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and you'll get in some omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
- Pumpkin spice spread – Mix ½ cup plain Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin and ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Pumpkin adds fiber and is a great source of vitamin A. Craving more sweetness? Add a bit of stevia or honey.
- Cinnamon apples – Slice an apple, which contains lots of soluble fiber, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave covered for 1 - 2 minutes. Cover pancakes with softened apples and sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired.
- Nut butters – Warm natural almond, cashew or peanut butter in the microwave for 30 - 60 seconds until the consistency thins slightly. Then drizzle over pancakes for a savory topping that adds protein and healthy fat. Pair with chopped nuts or sliced bananas.