Every Saturday morning, I scroll through Instagram and see pictures of pancakes. Stacks and stacks of pancakes. They are a weekend favorite for many, but can get a little boring on their own. The next time you serve a batch of pancakes, make them a little more fun by adding some toppings! You could even invite a few friends over to have a pancake bar and include a gluten-free option like Van’s Gluten-Free Totally Natural Pancakes
. Kids love choosing their own toppings, and you can play around with different healthy combinations. Here are a few to get you started!
Strawberries & Almonds: Dice fresh strawberries and toss with sliced almonds.
Bananas & Coconut: Slice fresh bananas and toss with unsweetened coconut flakes.
Apple Cinnamon & Walnuts: Place a skillet over medium heat and add chopped walnuts. Toast for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove walnuts from pan and set aside. Add 1 Tbsp. coconut oil and apples to pan. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently until apples are warm and slightly softened. Remove from heat and toss with walnuts.
Complete your pancake bar with maple syrup, yogurt, and other healthier breakfast favorites such as chicken sausage or turkey bacon, if desired.
Liven up your pancakes and your morning!
Alysa Bajenaru is a dietitian and personal trainer with over 10 years of experience in the nutrition and fitness industry. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Alysa practiced clinical dietetics and general personal training before becoming a mom and discovering her passion for helping other moms achieve a healthy lifestyle. She owned a Baby Boot Camp franchise for two years, teaching hundreds of new moms how to get a great workout with their babies, and is now the author of Baby Boot Camp's Nutrition Solutions manual. She is also the official dietitian of Mamavation, a virtual boot camp for moms. You can find Alysa blogging about food, family and fitness at InspiredRD.com
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