Turn Pancakes Into A Brainy Breakfast
Looks yummy, doesn’t it?! Well, it can be good for you too depending on how you work it. I am the queen of swapping ingredients in recipes. My family wants to eat flavorful food just as much as anyone else so I try to take what would be considered a “bad food” and jazz it up in the health department. Now, I don’t think pancakes should replace vegetables. But I do think a healthy lifestyle focused on whole body health (and that does include the often neglected brain) can include delicious food thought to be too naughty to consume. Try this at home:
- 2 cups of flour (One Degree Sprouted Whole Wheat Flour)
- 1 1/2 tsps. baking soda
- 2 tsps. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup kefir
- 1 1/2 cups filtered water
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 2 TBS. melted coconut oil
Gently combine all the ingredients and get to cookin’ on your griddle. Now you can sub out the eggs entirely for flax seed if you like but I add eggs to increase the protein and density of the pancakes. In addition, eggs are good for your child’s brain health. Ground flax seeds contain potent omega-3 fatty acids essential to powering up the brain while simultaneously reducing body-wide inflammation. Kefir keeps your gut health in check, which means your brain health will be in check too. Coconut oil soothes the digestive tract and helps fight inflammation and bacteria neither of which anyone wants. So I say…start chowing.
But before you start engulfing your pancakes, know the flour can always be substituted as well. I chose this flour because in one 30-gram serving it contains the following: thiamin, niacin, vitamin B12, manganese, zinc, pantothenic acid, iron, riboflavin, vitamin B6, magnesium and phosphorus. Practically like your kid is taking a vitamin. Amazing how the right food can be so nourishing to the body.
I serve my pancakes with soft-boiled eggs and fresh raspberries or blueberries, which are known to stabilize blood sugar and improve cognition. Last but not least, we top it off at our house with organic maple syrup, which contains trace amounts of calcium and iron. No high fructose syrup here. We go for the real stuff. Remember, you don’t want to get a day’s worth of calcium from your child’s maple syrup intake. It’s still a form of sugar. So go nice and easy. Enjoy your pancakes and know with every tasty bite you are feeding your kiddos a brainy breakfast. Who knew it could feel so good to act so smart.