The Holidays have arrived and the alluring aromas that make us feel warm and fuzzy inside are wafting through the air during this time of year. The fresh damp smell of the fall air, the crunching sound of freshly fallen leaves underneath your feet. The juicy scent of the Thanksgiving Day turkey roasting in the oven, the spicy fragrance of a freshly baked pumpkin pie, the delectable aroma of chewy holiday gingerbread cookies, the buttery smell of morning pancakes wafting throughout the house. With all these stimulating sensations that come around during the winter time, we understand that this time of year can prove to be difficult while on a Low Carb diet and living “lite.” It may seem like there are many daunting dietary obstacles ahead, but the holidays are really about the time spent with family and friends, not the plates full of holiday sugar cookies and honey-baked ham. With that said, you really don’t need to feel like you’re suffering and completely deprived while living low-carb, it just takes a bit of creativity and fresh perspective to look and feel “lite” and still enjoy the social aspects of food. Here at GreenLite we always say that we like to give our clients a helpful “tool box” of resources and tips that they can access to help them overcome any obstacle that may occur while on our program, and this week’s product is another “tool” for that box.
This week’s New Product Tuesday features a product that can provide a little of the best of both worlds: Big Train’s Buttermilk Pancake Mix. This mix could be a great option for a family brunch and help you enjoy having pancakes as a special treat for the Holiday, and still feel good about doing so. Not only can this mix be used to rally up the troops for a family brunch, you can also enjoy a special treat for the holidays without feeling guilty. Enjoying memories and family laughter while eating a wholesome treat, sounds like a win-win situation!
While not ideal for those of you in the acute weight loss phase, if you happen to be seriously craving for a short stack of pancakes, Big Train buttermilk pancakes could be stellar alternative for you. Remember that a treat is not a cheat so long as it’s infrequent AND you count it. In this case, 3 small pancakes= 1 carbohydrate exchange.
With a 7g net carb and 15g protein for three moderately sized pancakes, these are nutrition stats that make other pancakes weep in nutritional mercy. While we do wish this mix was a little lower in carbs, we think these pancakes could be a great occasional treat. Keep in mind that these that the above nutritional info is for half the prepared pancake mix. The recipe on the packaging requires 1/2 Cup of the Big Train Buttermilk mix, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of oil and a 1/2 cup of water.
Unlike most other low-carb baking mixes that are chocked full of artificial ingredients and preservatives, Big Train boasts completely natural ingredients:
Wheat gluten, corn starch (low glycemic), wheat flour, corn flour, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate), buttermilk solids, salt, natural flavors.
Considering the mix actually contains whole wheat flour and no fake fillers, we think these nutrition facts might be as good as it get considering this mix is the “real deal”.
This mix makes very light, fluffy, satisfying pancakes, without any strange artifical aftertaste that is common with many other low carb products. Although not quite as fluffy as the real deal, these pancakes have a great “pancake-y” texture and are deceptively delicious. They aren’t necessarily identical to short stack you’d order at your local diner but we’d say Big Train has the tastiest and most nutritionally sound pancake mix on the low carb market. We would recommend however, adding some cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar free sweetener to the mix to add a boost of flavor and top with a “condiment ” of your choice (Try Vermont sugar free maple syrup or cholesterol lowering Benecol lite, a fabulous butter alternative).
We haven’t been able to find Big Train Buttermilk Pancake mix in stores anywhere locally but it is available online. You will find the most reasonable price over at Netrition.com but it is also available through Amazon and Carbsmart.
Through Netrition, The Big Train Buttermilk Mix goes for $4.29! This is a steal compared to Carbsmart’s $6.99 and Amazon’s steep price of $10.25. The $4.29 deal for a 9 oz. bag sure gives bisquick a run for its money and we think it’s a stellar deal for such a healthy and all natural mix.
While these pancakes have pretty impressive stats to begin with, you can make them even leaner by substituting 2 egg whites for the whole egg and cutting out half a tablespoon of oil. If pancakes aren’t your thing, this mix can also be used to make waffles! Whatever your breakfast of choice is, with Big Train pancakes, low carb living may have become just a little bit easier.
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