FIBER HAPPY

My digestive system is skipping with glee. I can’t wait to indulge in a few of these wholesome and nutritious treats. Once again, Mother Nature has bestowed some of her finest foods for my palate.

I know that I’ll gain loads of fibers, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients. I’m ecstatic!

BREAKFAST WAS A FIBER/HEART GOODNESS #APPLE/FLAX-SEED PANCAKES

I was in a super-charge mood from my morning’s workout. The endorphins gained kept me in an upbeat mood for sometime. Thus, I went with the flow and hopped in my kitchen to make yours truly a powerhouse breakfast. I knew beforehand that the apple on my counter was heading somewhat ‘south’. I hate when that happens.

So, like the thrifty gal that I am; or perhaps I should state a restorer that I am, I decided to breathe back life. I did that by grabbing my box grater and shredded the fiber wonder. I added this to a batter made up of whole wheat and all-purpose flour and other ingredients. My mission was to make apple and flax-seed pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • whole-wheat flour (1/2 cup)
  • All purpose flour (1/2 cup)
  • Baking powder (1 tsp)
  • Flax seeds (1 tbsp)
  • Salt(pinch)
  • Cinnamon (1 tsp)
  • Milk (3/4 cup)
  • Egg (1 egg)
  • Shredded apple (1 apple)
  • Melted butter (1 tbsp)
  • Sour cream (1 tsp)
  • Vanilla (splash)
  • Pam spray
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Orange slices

Method:

  1. In a bowl, dried ingredients were added to wet. These were folded together without overworking batter.
  2. In a hot skillet under low to medium heat, Pam spray was added.
  3. Each pancake was dispensed using a 1/3 measuring cup and cooked on both sides until finished.
  4. In sauce pan, chopped strawberries were added with a teaspoon of honey and squeeze of lemon.
  5. Under low heat, strawberries were reduced to a semi sauce-like consistency with chunks.
  6. Pancakes were topped with strawberry sauce.

On the side, I served fresh straw and blueberries along with orange slices.

A BRAIN BOOSTER TO START THE DAY ##BLUEBERRY/BANANA SMOOTHIE

I’m glad to see that one of my faves (blueberries) is slowly hitting the shelves with a tad lower in prices compared to a few weeks ago.  I can’t wait for them to plummet further so that I stockpile in my freezer. But anyway, I couldn’t help myself; I fetched some and have put them to use in my diet.

Thus, on this cool morn when brain could do well with a little brain boost, I decided to make a great smoothie. In my standing blender, I added a freshly squeezed orange, half of a speckled ripe banana, two strawberries, and of course, a generous handful of blueberries.

A splash of cool water was also added. I blended my way to a superb serving of fiber, potassium, vitamins and antioxidants. My smoothie was just perfect with the right amount of natural sugar. Already, I feel my brain power has taken a sizable leap in clarity; (well, in my mind’s eye). Studies have revealed that the consumption of blueberries over a period can enhance memory.

Bottoms up guys!!