Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes

Following a low carb diet doesn’t have to be hard or depriving. There are many alternatives to the standard diet that are delicious. 

We found this one, made a couple minor changes and really enjoyed it. 

Cinnamon has many health benefits for you as well as adding a delicious flare to various foods. It is an antioxidant. It is known to lower blood sugars. It increases the circulation of the blood. It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It is good for the teeth. The list goes on and on. So add it to your foods and drinks when you can and start reaping the wonderful benefits. You can start with the delicious pancake recipe below. 

If you try these, be sure to let me know how you like them.


Pancakes-
6 oz cream cheese, softened 

6 eggs

2 tbsp vanilla extract

9 tbsp almond milk

2 tbsp sugar substitute (we used Swerve)

1 tsp cinnamon

9 tbsp coconut flour

3 tsp baking powder
Cinnamon swirl-

12 tbsp butter, melted

6 tbsp sugar substitute

2-1/2 tbsp cinnamon

For pancakes-Place wet pancake ingredients into blender and blend. Add dry ingredients and blend again. Set aside. 

For cinnamon swirl-Place items in sauce pan over medium heat until ingredients are well combined. 

Preheat griddle to 325F. Lightly grease. Pour batter into circles 4″ in diameter. When top begins to bubble, drizzle cinnamon mixture over pancakes. Flip pancakes when bottoms are golden brown and cook remaining side of pancake. 

Drizzle with toppings of your choice. 

Servings-18 pancakes

Per pancake-calories 131, fat 12, carbs 4, fiber 2, protein 3

*recipe adapted from tryketowith.me

Maple Almond Flour Waffles

When eating low carb, eggs can get tiring for breakfast.  Skipping breakfast is actually a great option, as 16 hour fasts are great for our bodies… but for those who prefer not to skip breakfast….these waffles are tried and true delicious!  My husband and teens love them. We make a batch up once or twice a week. We freeze them and pull them out and toast them up as desired. It takes some time to prepare but makes for a quick, easy meal when prepped ahead of time. They are good without adding anything to them, but some butter and jam, honey, peanut butter, syrup, SF syrup are all great options to top them off as well. Your kids and your health will thank you and you won’t feel full and bloated after you eat them! Enjoy!

Maple Almond Flour  Waffles

4 cups of almond flour

2 cups protein powder

1 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp baking powder

2 tbsp cinnamon

3 cups unsweetened almond milk

4 eggs

4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons coconut oil (can replace this with additional butter if you choose)

2 tsp maple extract (vanilla or flavor of your choice also works)

Blend ingredients and cook in waffle iron. 

Makes 8 full size waffles. 

Per serving- calories 419, fat 30, carbs 8, fiber 4, protein 33
*recipe adapted from mariamindbodyhealth.com

Meal prep 

Do you meal prep?  


Before I started caring about my health, I didn’t. We used to plan a dinner menu for the week at best. Then every night we would come home from work, kids sports, school activities or whatever other busy activity we were doing and cook a meal for our family. The nights  that we didn’t feel like it or it was too late, we would hit a local restaurant or fast food. 

A few years ago, I started making menu planning and meal prepping a priority. It really helps when trying to eat healthy. It helps when short on time. It helps cut out trips to the store and save on money too. 

Each weekend, I figure out which meals I want, shop for them, cook them, then separate them into individual servings and refrigerate or freeze them. This is a lifesaver in so many ways. 

I hate cooking. This allows me to cook once for the entire work week. It allows me to portion out my meals and calories. On the weekends, we still stick to our low carb meal plan but change it up a little and cook something else or go out for something, but we still try to keep in on the healthier side. 

I try to stay clear of corn, soy and wheat always. I try to keep my processed foods to a minimum as well as dairy. I do cut corners and buy healthier versions of things like salsa verde as opposed to making it, but again, that’s because I hate cooking! 😩. 

This week, I even meal prepped my breakfasts which I don’t typically do. I am striving to get more vegetables in my diet as well as fermented foods and overall healthy things like collagen. 

Last week, I posted my intake for the day on Monday. I will do the same this week on my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/wellnessRNinCA. Starting my Monday out right as well as food planning and prepping sets me up for success each week and helps keep my health in check. 

Let me know if you would like help on your journey to a healthier you!