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At Original Pancake House, have your health and pancakes too

Some might wonder if a pancakehouse and a gym would makeuneasy neighbors, but in Bluffton'sBridge Center, they share the samegoal-a healthier you.

The Original Pancake House haslaunched a new "Powerhouse Fitness"menu, and owner Juana Jim(affectionately known as "J.J.") sayspatrons on their way to and fromaerobics classes, tennis matches, thegolf course and even the beach enjoythe wide variety of heart-healthy,weight conscious selections.

A well-recognized name acrossthe nation with a reputation for highquality and affordable breakfastmeals, the Original Pancake Houseowes its success to the dedication ofindividual owners.

In the Lowcountry, patrons havecome to expect a variety of goodfood and courteous professional servicefrom J.J. and the rest of the TOPH staff."Customers are considered friends and we wantthem to feel at home," said JJ.

One way to feel at home is to try a bowl of therestaurants old fashioned, homemade slow cookedoatmeal. It's served with fresh milk, ripe bananasand rich brown sugar.

The coffee at the Original Pancake House isspecially ground, roasted and blended for thecompany. Fresh squeezed orange juice is anotherhealthy reminder of home.

All the Original Pancake House's recipes demandonly the finest ingredients, such as fresheggs, unbleached wheat flour, and the company'ssecret recipe for sourdough starter. All batters andsauces are made fresh in the restaurant's kitchen.

The heart-healthy, weight-friendly menu selectionswill be especially welcome as people preparefor the holidays, a season traditionally given overto overeating. Choices include a turkey baconomelet made with three fluffy fresh eggs, low fatturkey bacon, and Swiss cheese. It's served withfresh fruit. Also delicious is the Oriental chickensalad with Asian ginger dressing, with marinatedgrilled chicken over fresh Romaine lettuce, withmandarin oranges, toasted almonds and choppedtomatoes. Also, bowls of fresh seasonal fruit arealways available ($3.50 small; $5.95 large).Of course, the regular Original Pancake Housemenu items are still available.

The restaurant also serves gluten-free pancakes,a welcome addition for people who have gluten allergiesor are following a wheat-free diet and mayhave missed out on treats such as pancakes fora long time. The gluten free version can be madewith chocolate chips, bananas, blueberries, fabulousGeorgia pecans and other flavors.

With all these options, regular customers andfirst-timers alike are sure to enjoy happy, healthyholidays.