If you are looking for a high protein pancake recipe, this one is for you. Each serving provides a total of 32g of protein. Especially if you are pregnant, this recipe is packed full of nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy. These have a slightly different taste and texture than traditional pancakes, but they are equally as delicious!
Cottage Cheese Pancakes:
½ cup oatmeal
½ cup cottage cheese
½ tsp. vanilla
½ cup sliced strawberries
1 tbsp. maple syrup
Directions: Blend together oatmeal, cottage cheese, eggs, and vanilla to form a batter. Cook on a griddle over medium heat. Top with strawberries and maple syrup.
Oatmeal is a whole grain that is high in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is important in lowering LDL or bad cholesterol, making it heart healthy. The soluble fiber also helps with digestion and increases satiety. Oatmeal is also naturally gluten-free. If you are gluten-free, this is a great recipe for you. Oats can be cross contaminated with gluten so just make sure they specify gluten-free on the packaging.
Cottage cheese is packed with high-quality protein that contains all of the essential amino acids that aid in muscle recovery and growth after exercise. It is also high in calcium. Calcium is not only necessary for strong bones and teeth, but it also important for heart health. Additionally, calcium is absolutely essential during pregnancy. A calcium deficiency can cause multiple complications, specifically preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a condition characterized by extremely high blood pressure. As high blood pressure is dangerous anyway, during pregnancy is can cause preterm birth.
Cottage cheese also is a great source of vitamin B-12 and phosphorus. During pregnancy and in general, vitamin B-12 is essential for normal blood cell formation and brain and nerve development.
Eggs are also full of high-quality protein and fats. If you can afford it, I recommend buying DHA-enriched eggs. DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid that is often deficient in our diets, with the most common sources being seafood. DHA is especially important during pregnancy, lactation, and throughout childhood, as it is essential for brain growth and development. It is important for adults too and research shows a positive correlation with many diseases, including depression, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, eye diseases, and cancer.
Eggs are also a great source of choline. Choline is a water-soluble vitamin that is also deficient is most of our diets. Like DHA, choline is critical during pregnancy as low choline intake is linked to neural tube defects and poor memory development in the baby. Choline is also important for heart health, is anti-inflammatory, and may help prevent breast cancer.
If you are pregnant, your nutrition is absolutely essential to your health and the health of your baby. Recipes like this provide a lot of needed nutrition, and you should upkeep a healthy diet during pregnancy. If you need some help doing so or need recipe ideas, I can help! I have put together a comprehensive recipe guide specifically catered to your nutritional needs during pregnancy. Click below to get access to these recipes.