A journey to the Australian Institute of Sport for the Men's Health magazine's Man of the Year competition had me running the Pure Warrior protein pancake challenge with the six finalists, Tim, Tony, Jed, Darcy, Radek and Ben to see who could make the best recovery pancake.
The criteria was to make in half an hour ready to present a pancake that was going to provide the nutrients needed for a post recovery snack after an exercise session. Of course this would depend on what intensity and duration of exercise you were doing, whether you want to gain or lose body weight, build muscle and so many other things, however some basic nutrition principles could be applied. We wanted a pancake that had some:
For protein ingredients such as:
We had a pancake stack built, perfect for the rugby player Ben is and the single pancake that might be more suitable for those of us who only moderately exercise. Keeping your quantities to meet your individual needs is the key.
The traditional pancake may not provide the best nutritional profile but making a few alterations and using some imagination and you can come up with some versions that will be perfect post exercise and still taste like a treat.
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