Happy National Pancake Day!

Stop the presses! Today is National Pancake Day! 

In honor of this special day, we decided to be one with the pancakes and breakfast foods today. Remember that breakfast in the most important meal of the day. It gives you the energy you need to focus and tackle the day head on! 

Where did National Pancake Day derive from?

Before IHOP decided to market this holiday as a reason to give out free pancakes, it was actually based off a Catholic holiday. National Pancake Day derived from a holiday known as Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday occurs the first Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. According to Share Faith, it is the last day for celebration and feasting before the period of fasting during the Lenten season. The word "Shrove" derived from the term shrive, meaning to absolve or to confess and be forgiven. 

Share Faith states that the holiday originally began on a Sunday, making the Shrove celebration a three-day event that would end in a large feast on Tuesday night. This feast would take place to allow families to rid themselves of perishable food items before the lent to avoid keeping spoiled foods.

Today, the celebration is restricted to Tuesday and became associated with Carnival, a celebration of the Spring Equinox by several different cultures. The most popular Carnival celebrations take place in Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil, and New Orleans as well as many other Europeans and Caribbean countries. Carnival incorporates folklore celebrations by allowing participants to dress in costumes, fitted with large headdresses or masks to dance, sing, drink, and celebrate with one another. 

How do pancakes play a role in this Christian holiday?

Well, it is one of the dishes served. As mentioned before, the holiday fell on the day before Lent. Many sought this as an opportunity to use up foods like eggs, milk, sugar before doing away with it for 40 days. Why not utilize those ingredients into a great tasting breakfast dish? According to the Historic UK, the ingredients to a symbolize four significant times of the year. Eggs represent creation, flour represents the staff of life, salt represents wholesomeness and milk represents purity.  

Ever heard of Pancake Races?

According to United Kingdom tradition, during the 15 century a woman from Olney, Buckinghamshire was so busy making pancakes for her family she forgot the time and became late for Shrove’s church service. Once she heard the church bell ring, she ran out her home with her frying pan in hand, still cooking a pancake and tossing it to prevent it from burning. Since then the United Kingdom, mainly England partake in pancake races in honor of that one busy housewife.

Pancake Recipes

Now that you know more about pancake day, and by now are starving we have some pancake ideas for you! If you are too busy to go and wait at a restaurant, try our alternative healthier breakfast choices.

Crepes

Ingredients: 

1 packet of Pancake Mix

1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp. Fat-Free Milk

Directions:

  1. Combine pancake mix and liquid and stir vigorously, removing lumps
  2. Let sit about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Spray shallow pan with non-fat cooking spray and preheat the pan on low to medium heat.
  3. Remove pan from heat and pour just enough batter to thinly coat the pan, swirling pan to spread evenly.
  4. Cook until batter looks almost dry in the middle. Use a rubber spatula to lift edges of crepes and turn crepe onto the other side. Cook 30-60 seconds.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Divine Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 packet of Caramel Pudding

1 cup of All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup of Baking Powder

1 tsp. of Nutmeg

1/2 cup of Egg whites

1/2 cup of water

Cooking Spray as needed

Directions:

  1. Combine pudding, flour, baking powder and nutmeg in a medium-size bowl
  2. Add egg and water to dry ingredients and stir until moistened
  3. Coat a pan with cooking spray and turn stove to medium heat
  4. Spoon ¼ of batter at a time onto the heated pan and cook until slightly brown and then flip to cook the other side.
  5. If a thinner batter is desired, add more water 1 tablespoon at a time.
  6. Serve and enjoy! 

 Creamy Blueberry Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 packet Vanilla Pudding

1/3 cup of All-purpose flour

1/8 tsp. of Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. of Baking Powder

1/4 cup of Egg Whites

1/3 cup of Blueberries

1 cup of water

Directions:

  1. Combine pudding, flour, cinnamon and baking powder
  2. Add egg, blueberries, and water to dry ingredients, stir until moist
  3. Coat a pan with cooking spray and turn stove to medium heat
  4. Spoon ¼ batter at a time onto the heated pan, cook until slightly brown and then flip to cook the other side.
  5. For thinner batter, add more water 1 tablespoon at a time
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Blueberry Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 packet pancake mix

1/4 cup of water

1/4 cup of Fresh Blueberries

Directions:

  1. Prepare mix according to packaging directions
  2. Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons of blueberries on each pancake while cooking
  3. Turn and cook until bottoms are golden brown
  4. Serve and enjoy! 

Here on Bariatric Lifestyle Diet, we offer a variety of diet-friendly breakfast choices that will have you ready to jumpstart your day. 

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