One of my last posts was dedicated to how to successfully – yet almost effortlessly – switch our usual carbohydrate-laden breakfasts to protein-packed power starts to keep full until lunch and to stay lean and fit without inflammation or blood sugar slumps: simply follow these simple “rules” and try out the recipes in my findingdori.net breakfast category.
Nevertheless I agree that our bodies sometimes require a quick energy burst in the form of easily digestible carbs, but as with almost everything in life, moderation should be key.
My personal fit tip and way to provide my body with above mentioned energy is to include natural sweetness as stevia or fructose into my diet – but as a treat.Why? Because even an overload on non-refined sugars can cause blood sugar spikes or lead to weight gain in the long run – even though the odd “overindulgence” in a bucket of freshly picked strawberries in June are a must.
You want every gram of carbohydrate you consume to be utilized as an immediate fuel source or to restore glycogen levels—you don’t want it to be stored as fat of course. So try to not eat more carbs than you need and be aware that you can eat the majority of your carbs around your workout – 30 min prior or after your visit to the gym are recommended.
These paleo banana pancakes are perfect for a pre-workout breakfast, the banana will prep you with energy and the protein will help you to feel satisfied even with a smaller stack of silver dollars.
Paleo Pre-Workout Pancakes
I found many protein powders target to women are based on spy protein and are marketed as “natural” and promote a “no-bulk, lean” image – but unfortunately many of us react sensitively to soy and experience hormonal misbalances. Aim for a gluten-free, soy-free, lactose free choice of protein for this recipe to keep it actually “natural”.
- 1 large banana
- 2 eggs whites
- 2 scoops of gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free protein powder, e.g. vega protein smoothies
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- vanilla powder
- coconut oil
- Blitz up all ingredients in your food processor and heat up some coconut oil in a pan or on a pancake griddle.
- Spoon little coin shaped dollops of dough onto the pan and bake until bubbles start to form on top.
- Flip and bake for a couple more minutes.
- Serve right away with berries, nut butters or greek yoghurt.