Friday, February 22, 2013

What's For Breakfast? - Healthy Blue Vanilla Protein Pancakes

As any parent knows, choices are a big deal with toddlers and preschoolers. It gives them a sense of control and independence. Give your child a wide variety of choices when it comes to the foods she eats, especially if your child has become the "picky eater" as mine has. It may be your only saving grace. **DISCLAIMER:  When giving choices, be very aware that you may end up making dishes that make no sense to you. Nevermind. Fix it anyway.**  When you let them help and they can "make it themselves," it adds another bonus. You can use it as mealtime ammunition. "But Mooooommyyyyy, I don't want to eat breakfast any-MORE!"  "You made it yourself! Of course you want to eat your own awesome breakfast that YOU made!"  Like that.

Here is basically the same recipe as my Healthy Vanilla Caramel Cinnamon Pancakes I blogged a little while back. Only no cinnamon or caramel. And Pip wanted them bright blue. Obviously, make any color you want.


2 scoops vanilla creme whey protein powder
2 cups quick oats (food-processed into a fine powder)
3 tsp. Stevia
1/2 cup water
6 egg whites
neon blue food coloring


1.  Combine all ingredients and mix with a food processor, blender, or submersible wand until smooth. Let the mini-person participate.
 2.  Start with 5 drops of food coloring and add more drops until you reach desired color. I think I used 15.
 3.  Let the small person help stir! They'll enjoy seeing the color appear.

 4.  Make pancakes as usual.  Your child should look something like this, and so should you knowing that you fixed a healthy and substantial breakfast!

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