I could eat pancakes every day of my life. These banana oat blender pancakes are so easy to whip up and they provide nutrition for your body... and for your soul.
So why are they a good breakfast choice?
- Anti-inflammatory. In terms of inflammation, whole foods are always better than boxed ingredients. Processed foods tend to have emulsifiers and preservatives that contribute to the inflammatory response. (A tale for another time).
- Complex Carb. These oat pancakes are a great kick starter for your day! You want to start your morning energized and keep your focus for a few hours, right? Well carbs are your body's favorite source of energy (carbs break down into sugar that your brain loves to use). So, we want to incorporate carbohydrate into our breakfast. That doesn't mean starting every day with a doughy bagel or bowl of frosted flakes--Simple Carb OVERLOAD. We're better off choosing a more complex carb source, like Oats!
- Fiber. Fiber is the non-digestable part of carbs that helps to fill you up... and also slows the digestion of the carbohydrate, keeping you satisfied and fueled a bit longer (Protein does this too, which is why the egg is a lovely addition to these pancakes). Fiber also helps keep you regular. AKA helps you poop. Oats have a perfect combo of soluble and insoluble fiber. Think of soluble as a sponge, softening stool. It forms more of a gel for the stool. Insoluble adds bulk, I think of it almost like a broom, pushing things along the digestive tract. Many people who deal with constipation will find the combo of various fibers help you to go. You need the softening, the bulkin' and the broomin' to get things moving (that's the basic idea. If your GI tract is a bit trickier check out Digestive Peace of Mind).
- Oats are Heart Healthy. For anyone who has a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol, upping your fiber intake can help out your heart. Soluble fiber binds with the cholesterol particles and prevents them from entering the blood stream, which can essentially lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. That's why some brands of food, oatmeals or Cheerios, have the "Heart Healthy" or "Lowers Cholesterol" claim: because they contain the fiber.
- Bacteria. There is abundant research to suggest that oats are just good for us. They are thought to feed beneficial bacteria in the gut, which we are finding is important for our overall health (You may see "prebiotics" popping up in the health world. Prebiotics are fibers that the probiotics, or beneficial bacteria feed off of).
In summary, my real reason for talking about pancakes is to share how oats are a great breakfast choice. You will notice a bunch of my breakfasts use oats, so I hope you like them as much as I do :)
Want to keep reading the science? A few links that further explain what I am talking about: