Summer Shape-up

Summer Shape Up: To speed weight loss, try this yummy protein breakfast

May 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM ET

Have your healthiest summer yet! Ease into the dreaded "swimsuit season" with healthy tips from TODAY experts. All throughout May, we'll offer smart do-it-yourself ways to look, eat and feel better. So stop stressing about that swimsuit, and read on.

Research shows that starting your day with a high-protein breakfast curbs appetite and boosts weight loss. Unlike standard, carby flapjacks, this Protein Pancake is full of high-quality protein from egg whites — a smart choice if you're looking to slim down or rev your system with an energizing meal. You also get a nice dose of filling fiber from whole-grain oats.

This is just one of the 75+ delicious, low-cal recipes featured in my new weight loss book, The Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan & Inspiration.

Protein Pancake with Strawberries

Oil spray

1/2 cup quick-cooking oats

4 egg whites

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup sliced strawberries (or half of a banana, sliced)

  • Generously coat a skillet with oil spray and heat over medium heat.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the oats, egg whites, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  • Pour mixture into skillet and cook until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. (For a moister pancake, cover the skillet while the pancake is cooking.) Top with strawberries or banana slices.

Makes 1 serving. 

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