This pancake stack of heaven right here, was inspired by my intense craving for pancakes! And yes, I gave in. I'm all about feeding your cravings, but with a healthy alternative. This my friends is gluten-free, and vegan friendly. You may have never heard gluten-free and fluffy in the same sentence before, but these pancakes will have you understanding what I mean. Your mind will be MIND BLOWN, thats how amazing they are.
You may be thinking, wait I should feed my food cravings? But aren't food cravings always bad? It may seem that way, especially when you are craving fast food and sugary foods, but your cravings are also telling you something you don't know and you can't see, that you're body is deficient in some way. These deficiencies display themselves through your body as cravings. For example, when you crave chocolate, your body isn't lacking chocolate, its lacking magnesium, which dark chocolate is rich in.
When you crave sweets, its a sign that your blood sugar is fluctuating. "Whether your sugar cravings are sporadic or chronic, it is important to choose the right type of food to bring your body back into balance. Giving in to cookies, cakes, candies, or other refined sweets will only make the problem worse and cause a blood sugar roller coaster that leads to more cravings. Instead, choose a piece of fruit when you’re craving sweets." In the long-run, add more fiber rich foods like beans and legumes, and complex carbohydrates like whole grains to give you the fuel you need without the blood sugar spikes.
When you crave salty foods like french fries and chips, this is an indication of stress hormone fluctuations in the body. "The adrenal glands help your body cope with stress and, in our fast-paced, hectic lives, tend to become worn out, especially from stress-hormone production." Stress management practices I follow and reccomend are mediation, breathing exercises, and yoga. Prevent yourself from becoming stressed and you will prevent yourself from giving in to unhealthy cravings. Eating leafy green vegetables helps to supply the minerals that support the adrenal glands, especially potassium.
Do you feel like you crave cheese all the time? This craving is associated with fatty acid deficiency. Eat more nuts, avocado, and wild fish if you include that in your diet. Flaxseed oil supplements as well as high quality fish oil supplements will help with this deficiency as well. These supplements provide beneficial Omega 3s, and fats, and make sure they contain both EPA and DHA for best results.
Red meat cravings indicate iron deficiency. You may be reaching for a greasy burger or steak during these moments. Eat more iron-rich beans and legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs, and other dried fruits. If you eat meat you can also choose lean, organic red meat like beef or bison as a source of iron. "Just remember to keep meat consumption to within 15 percent of your total daily diet." Taking a vitamin C supplement or eating foods rich in vitamin C will also help with the absorption of iron. Eating citrus fruits, red peppers, tomatoes and berries along with iron rich foods will aid you retaining the iron nutrients.
If you feel like you could eat all day long, and that snacking has now become your sport, this is a great indicator that you aren't eating a healthy balanced diet. Your body is probably lacking a variety of nutrients and it shows up in sporadic salty and sweet cravings. This will only satisfy you temporally, but what will get rid of these cravings for good is implementing a new healthy and balanced diet. This will ensure that your body is provided with all the nutrients it needs to run properly and it will eliminate unhealthy food cravings.
I work with clients to eliminate cravings and teach them about what foods they should include in their diet. It can be overwhelming with all the information out there on whats good and bad, what to eat or to avoid. Getting on track is the first step. Reach out to me today if you need any help getting back to living and eating a more balanced diet. Eliminate your cravings to feel less controlled by food and have more energy from what you eat!
These pancakes definitely filled my craving, but they were made to also be healthy and be filled with fruit as well as deliciousness. You don't have to sacrifice flavor or our favorite foods when eating differently, you just learn how to be creative. Reach for an apple and nut butter when you crave a snickers bar, and drink a glass of water before deciding if you need another snack. A lot of the times you mistake being thirsty as behind hungry. Listen to your body, but don't forget to nourish it properly.
Makes 6 medium sized pancakes
- 2 ripe mashed bananas
- 1/3 cup fresh blueberries
- 6 fresh strawberries (sliced)
- 1 cup Bobs Red Mill gluten-free pancake mix
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
- Sliced almonds
- Shredded coconut
- Mango and strawberry slices
- Honey or maple syrup
1. Combine all the ingredients together well. Add a little bit more almond milk if needed. The consistency of the batter needs to be a little runny.
2. Coat pan with coconut oil. Add about 1/3 cup of the batter to a heated skillet on low-medium heat, and cook for about 2-3 minutes on low heat until golden brown on each side.
3. Cook all of the batter, and plate pancakes with more fruit, shredded coconut and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup over your pancake stack. Enjoy!