I'm a small-town Minnesota dietitian and triathlete.
I help endurance athletes reach their performance and body composition goals through a flexible eating style.
I had shared a post to Instagram and in the caption asked people to share a food that they can’t live without.
And, I shared that for myself, it’s pancakes. I freaking love pancakes!
Well then some troll came into the comments and left a message that made me snap.
Now I have specific boundaries set for my Instagram account, and food shaming and diet-culture-promoting messaging is a big no-no and the consequences are getting blocked. Which this person was swiftly kicked from ever gracing us with their toxic presence on my account again. Bye Felicia. No pancake haters welcome here.
Food has no moral value. None. Food has nutritional value and that can vary from food to food.
Every food has a purpose. Some food may offer pure enjoyment. Some food may offer protein and calcium for strong bones and muscles. Some food may offer sugar to help fuel your long workout.
There are no “good” or “bad” foods. Eating any food does not make you “good” or “bad”.
There is a local ma & pop restaurant nearby that has the best pancakes ever. They are thin and delicate almost like a crepe and a great buttery flavor to them.
Quite a few years ago I decided I wanted to try and recreate their pancakes. For almost two years I was tweaking recipes every weekend. My husband and I ate a lot of pancakes. Some good and some not-so-good.
Eventually my husband said to me on a Saturday morning while eating pancakes…. “Stop fucking with the pancakes, I like these ones.” And that was it. I was done.
For me, pancakes are tradition, enjoyment and also one of my favorite ways to fuel before a race. One of my favorite meals as a kid was when my mom was working evenings and my dad made us breakfast for dinner, pancakes.
For my little family and I, we often have Pancake Saturdays most weekends.
So here it is. My recipe. It’s very easy to make. Just 4 dry ingredients and 4 wet ingredients, and I’m a huge fan of the electric griddle for this to get the temperature just right. Feel free to make them and tag me on Instagram! Let’s be #teampancakes together!
Serving size: 2 pancakes
341 calories, 19 g fat, 114 mg cholesterol, 828 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 25 g sugar, 12 g protein, 31% vitamin A, 59% calcium, 4% iron.