Step aside sugar and lemon, healthy toppings are in town!
With Pancake Day on the horizon, it’s time to think about donning your apron and mastering your flipping skills. Complete your snack with a health kick in mind by trying these nutritious topping ideas.
Packed full of the healthy fats that our bodies need, try topping your pancake with a spoonful of low-fat Greek yoghurt, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of unsalted nuts. Peanuts, almonds and Brazil in particular are a great source of monounsaturated fats which help promote healthier levels of cholesterol in the body, and walnuts are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids – great news for your heart. Try a crunchy combo of your choice to reap the health rewards.
The choice really is yours here! Top up your vitamin C with segments of fresh orange and slices of strawberries and kiwi, choose dried apricots for an iron boost or add a handful of blueberries for extra antioxidants. Your sugar cravings will be fixed the healthy way with these sweet-tasting toppings, and you can easily experiment with layers, too. Try fixing yourself a pancake tower with a fruity centre, combined with a spread of peanut butter which contains those healthy fats that are good for your heart.
Savoury works just as well as sweet when it comes to your pancakes, and fish is a wholesome alternative to more traditional toppings. Try salmon, which is a great source of the essential omega-3 fats our bodies need and is also a useful way to top up your vitamin D intake. Combine with goat’s cheese and finish with a sprinkle of chives for an easy nutrition boost. This delicious herb is high in vitamin C, contain folic acid to help combat stress and they also promote digestion – the perfect finale to your pancake masterpiece.
If you’re looking for a healthy twist to the traditional batter recipe, try couscous pancakes!