We all know how lemons are full of vitamin C. But did you know that lemons are also packed with potassium magnesium and copper? If this is enough for you to include them in your pancakes, then prepare your pans! If you need more reasons, keep reading.
You might wonder why I chose pancakes. Well, there are several reasons:
- Pancakes are easy and quick to make
- They are flexible and allow experimenting with different ingredients, which makes hem perfect for sneaking healthy stuff into my kids’ diet. Read below how to make healthy pancakes or visit https://www.mygreatrecipes.com/collection/pancakes/
- Everyone in my family loves them.
As for lemons, here is why you should use them in your pancake recipes.
Benefits of Lemons in Pancakes
- Vitamin C in lemon stimulates white blood cell production, helping your immune system to function properly and protect you from flu and colds.
- It acts as a powerful antioxidant, protecting the cells from oxidative damage. It also helps the body produce collagen, which keeps your skin fresh and smooth.
- The pectin in lemon gives you a feeling of satiety. This means you will eat less and lose some weight.
- Lemons boost your energy. Eating lemon-infused pancakes in the morning is more efficient than drinking a cup of coffee because there is no caffeine crash involved.
These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. Lemons are also known for their ability to form an alkaline environment in your body, which is very important for your overall well-being. Plus, the most important one: “Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including naturally occurring limonene; oil which slows or halts the growth of cancer tumors in animals and flavonol glycosides which stop cell division in cancer cells.”
I rest my case. Now can we make some pancakes?
How to Make Healthy Pancakes
Before we include lemons, let’s see how we can change the pancake base to make it healthier for you and your kids.
- Flour: whole wheat, oatmeal, coconut flour, almond flour or soy flour. Use only one or mix two of them in the batter;
- Sugar: honey, molasses, agave syrup, maple syrup, stevia;
- Milk: non-dairy milk, like coconut, almond, rice or soy milk;
- Oil: like nut butter, olive oil or coconut oil.
Lemon Pancake Recipes and Ideas
The zest and juice of one lemon in the pancake batter should suffice. However, you can vary the amount to your taste. It is a fact that the tanginess from lemons pairs very well with the sweetness in pancakes. I highly recommend honey, both as a sweetener and for topping, because it also contains components that fight colds and flu.
One thing I have learned for sure from cooking so many different types of pancakes is that lemons love berries. Any kind of berries, in any form. For example, you can add a cup of blackberries to the batter or prepare a blackberry syrup for topping, by mixing ¼ cup blackberry jam with honey, and water. This recipe also calls for powdered sugar in the syrup for thickening, but I recommend stevia as a healthier option with a similar texture. Try also strawberries. Yum!
Lemon also works great with yogurt or cheese. I prefer cheese because, besides softness and moisture, it also contributes creaminess. Choose a soft and creamy variation, like cottage cheese (1 cup low-fat). For extra healthiness and crunchiness, add 3 tablespoons of poppy seeds to this recipe. Enjoy!