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Let me start off by saying once again that I have not gone Gluten-Free or Paleo and I sure as hell ain’t going Vegan but I do like to visit sometimes. So what should you be focused on when trying to improve overall health? Reducing inflammation, healing your gut, getting in your vitamins and nutrients and of course keeping your weight in check. If you do that, you’ll be off to the races! Processed foods containing additives, refined flours, sugars and the now taboo red meat, all contribute to putting your system off balance and that may be putting it lightly. I certainly won’t give up meat or my morning toast all together but I think its important to open our minds to reducing the intake of these harmful foods and incorporating some vegan, gluten-free and paleo practices here and there to keep you on track.
Cooking healthy takes longer, I know. I just got back from a vacation that was full of indulgence and laziness and now my husband and I are ready to eat healthy again. So, Its a lot of cleaning, peeling, cutting and soaking…Although, its so worth it because you will feel less bloated, thirsty, sluggish and believe it or not, less moody too. Also, healthy recipes have come a long way. Its not all cottage cheese on a Weight Watchers slice of bread anymore. It’s 2016! People are so creative with food now and many have found “hacks” to make healthy meals taste deceptively unhealthy or full-fat.
So here is my “hack” on pancakes. They are off-the-hook!! (super delicious 😉 Fluffy & flavourful without refined sugars or flour! Your body will thank you! You’ll feel full and energetic rather than full and nappy. yawn
Delicious Paleo Banana Pancakes
Yield: Makes about 4 medium sized pancakes
1 small/medium banana, mashed roughly with a fork
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 to 1/2 tsp of baking powder (if using)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp of coconut flour.
Extra-virgin coconut oil or cooking spray for the pan
Heat your griddle or non-stick frying pan on medium.
Mix all of your ingredients with a fork until batter comes together.
Spray your pan with cooking spray or brush on a little extra virgin coconut oil.
Drop your batter into the pan and try to form them into disks. I used the back of a spoon to thin them out evenly and shape them into disks. The batter won’t bubble on top like traditional pancakes. This normally means that its time to flip. With these you will notice when the top is starting to set, then flip! If your pancakes are a little too dark, lower your heat to low. (especially if you have a gas cooktop)
If you love butter like me, add a pat of it when serving, it won’t kill you. Drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy hot!
Adapted from: http://www.stayfitmom.com/no-fail-paleo-pancakes-gluten-free/
WHY Coconut flour? It is high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats and is free from wheat and other grains. It is also low in sugar, digestible carbohydrates and calories, and has a low score on the glycemic index.
Why reduce your refined sugar intake? Well, it’ll reduce the risk of diabetes for 1, it’ll keep your brain sharp reducing the risk of dementia. It reduces the risk of depression and certain cancers. Reducing refined sugars could have great social benefits as well such as improving the look of your skin, keeping it young and reducing the chances of bad breath! You’ll breath better too, have less cravings and so much more.. Seriously, the list is miles long so just DO IT. Not into Stevia or similar? Neither am I. Maple syrup, honey, dates and fruit will serve your body better. Trust me.
People, they are a changin’: People’s tastes are changing. Health-conscious is in! (also bacon cupcakes but lets just ignore those for now) The best proof I can provide you with is that they opened a Vegan “fast food” restaurant near my house called Copper Branch and their food is legitimately delicious. Its not a farce. I crave many items on their menu especially their Shiitake Burger as much as I would crave my favourite burger at Mc Donald’s. It looks and tastes like a pulled pork , topped with their signature red slaw on a Kamut sesame seed bun. Firstly, I could not believe how delicious it was and that I was not eating meat! I kept staring at it then I’d take another bite, perplexed. I urged by husband to try it the first time.I kept saying ,”Wanna try?””No thanks”.”Come on, try it!!”.”No!” “YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!”Ignores me”YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT!” (I can be annoying)”Just stop”Then he got mad… and as I “shkoffed” it down, I shrugged and said, with my mouth bursting “I don’t know why you couldn’t just try it”. lol Needless to say, I was so impressed and it really opened my mind to new possibilities. I encourage you to try it.PS: There aren’t any hippies banging a drum in there or anything. 😉 Its cool.PPS: My husband loves it now too.