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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Healthy Banana Pancakes

It takes more than exercise to make a successful athlete. You have to fuel up for races and workouts.
Make it something healthy. I've had more time for cooking since this is my off season and I recently tried out these banana pancakes. Eating healthy means less weight gain. That is important at this time of year since the average american gains 7 pounds during the holidays.  I don't know about you, but I don't need any extra weight when I am running or racing. Try these I think you will enjoy them.

Makes 8 pancakes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

1 1/2 cups soy milk ( I used the mango flavor, there is a strawberry which would be great as well)
1 cup rolled oats
2 bananas chopped
1/2 cup all purpose flour ( I used unbleached)
1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon baking powder
Additional fruit for topping

  1. In a blender, puree soy milk and oats until smooth. Add bananas, flour 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and baking powder. Puree for a few seconds. Let batter rest 10 minutes
  2. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium. Mist with nonstick cooking spray.  Scoop batter into pan in 1/4 cup increments. 
  3. Reduce heat to medium low and cook pancakes until air bubbles appear on the top and the underside is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook 5 more minutes or until browned.  Top with sliced bananas and a bit of maple syrup if desired.
These would be good with blueberries, cherries, or strawberries. I also added a little bit of ground flax seed.

235 Calories
8 grams protein
3 grams fat
5 grams fiber
750 mg sodium

Chris Wodke
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Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

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