The Cracker Barrel restaurant chain is famous for its hearty breakfast offerings, including the Wild Maine Blueberry Pancakes. Although pancakes themselves aren't necessarily unhealthy, a restaurant meal of them can quickly become a calorie bomb when you order a large stack and add toppings. Watch what you put on top of your pancakes, as well as your portion sizes, to make them healthier.
One plain Cracker Barrel pancake has 110 calories, 6 grams of fat, 34 g of carbohydrates and 6 g of protein. Multiply those amounts by the number of pancakes in your stack to determine the approximate calorie and nutrient amounts in your breakfast.
The addition of blueberries to your pancakes will increase the calorie and sugar counts a bit. One cup of blueberries has about 80 calories and 19 g of carbs, 13 g of which are sugar. However, this "superfruit" is also rich in essential vitamins and nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin C, folate, beta-carotene/vitamin A, vitamin K and lutein.
Butter and Syrup
Of course, many people load up their pancakes with butter and maple or fruit syrup; they might even come served that way. The blueberry syrup served with Cracker Barrel's Wild Maine Blueberry Pancakes, for example, could contain more than 225 calories and 50 g of sugar per cup. Add another 36 calories and 4 g of fat for every pat of butter you add to your meal.
You can still enjoy your pancakes once in awhile and keep them healthy to boot. Ask for your syrup and butter on the side; you could also request that the pancakes be topped with fresh fruit instead of fruit syrup. Cracker Barrel also offers a buttery spread instead of butter for cholesterol-conscious patrons, as well as sugar-free syrup and low-sugar fruit spreads if you're watching your sugar intake.