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Celebrate National Pancake Day 2011 by Supporting the IHOP Cause

Happy National Pancake Day 2011Happy National Pancake Day! Although in the past this day has been celebrated on Shrove Tuesday (aka, Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday), a day known as Pancake Day in many countries around the world, IHOP made the decision to celebrate the day a week early this year and hopefully spark excitement and awareness from their cause.  I love this decision.  Not only does it give me an excuse to draw out my own pancake celebrations, but it helps draw more focus to a wonderful cause, without being overshadowed by the religious origins of Shrove Tuesday.  You can go into any IHOP today until 10 pm tonight and receive a free short stack of pancakes! Why the free stacks?  IHOP is making today all about “Stacks for Good acts.”  In return for the free pancakes,  IHOP is asking their customers to consider leaving a small donation for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other designated local charities.  Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $5.35 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates.

IHOP Stacks for Good Acts

Photo Credit: IHOP

The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America.  Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, which has been used to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of their mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.  As a mom who has had to take a child to a children’s hospital, I am so grateful for The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the good they do.

Although I love the cause, I have to admit that I’m not in love with the caloric cost . . . the short stack (3 buttermilk pancakes), according to the nutritional information provided by the company, adds up to a depressing 490 calories, 18 grams of total fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, and a scary 1,610 milligrams of sodium.  So although my hat is off to IHOP and what they are doing, I’m going to support the cause at home with some healthy homemade pancakes and an online donation.

I hope you will celebrate today, whether it be at home or at IHOP!  See the IHOP website for free pancake day details.  To make a direct donation to The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, see their donation page.

If you’re looking for healthy pancake recipes, here are some of my favorites:

And if you need ideas on what to top those pancakes with, I love this list of 102 Pancake Topping ideas from from Foodies Unite!

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