As we celebrate Shrove Tuesday, we wanted to bring you a few ideas to enjoy healthier options, but still packed with loads of flavour and variety.
If you’re on the lookout for some wholesome alternatives this Pancake Day, why not try one of these twists on the classic pancake, for a bit of a change and a healthier option for you and all your family!
Here are some healthy alternatives for pancakes:
- Oatmeal pancakes: made with ground oats, almond milk, egg whites, and cinnamon.
- Banana pancakes: made with mashed bananas, eggs, almond flour, and baking powder.
- Buckwheat pancakes: made with buckwheat flour and almond milk. (Vegan!)
- Sweet potato pancakes: made with mashed sweet potatoes, almond flour, and eggs.
- Cottage cheese pancakes: made with cottage cheese, oat flour, and egg whites.
- Whole grain pancakes: made with whole wheat flour, almond milk, and eggs.
When making pancakes, consider using healthier substitutes for ingredients like white flour and sugar, such as whole grain flours, nut milks, and natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.
Or if you’re not a pancake lover, why not experiment with a healthy smoothie instead? Here’s a few recipes that contain loads of healthy ingredients and taste AMAZING!
- Green smoothie:
- 1 cup spinach1 banana1 cup unsweetened almond milk1/2 avocado
1 tbsp honey
- Berry smoothie:
- 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)1 banana1 cup unsweetened almond milk1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp honey
- Chocolate smoothie:
- 1 banana1 cup unsweetened almond milk2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Tropical smoothie:
- 1 cup pineapple chunks1 banana1 cup coconut milk1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- Peanut Butter smoothie:
- 1 banana1 cup unsweetened almond milk2 tbsp peanut butter1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
All of these smoothies are quick, easy to make and provide a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. You can also customise each recipe based on your personal preferences and dietary needs.
In general foods that are good for your skin include those that are rich in antioxidants such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, as well as those that are high in essential fatty acids such as oily fish, avocado, and nuts. Other beneficial foods for the skin include whole grains, lean proteins, and foods that are high in vitamin C and E, such as citrus fruits and leafy greens.
Drinking plenty of water is also important for keeping your skin hydrated and healthy.
By Holly Lupi