Nutrient Dense Meals #2 Beetroot Pancakes

Beetroot is one of the most underrated “super foods” out there!  It has numerous health and performance benefits such as the lowering of blood pressure and improving muscle oxygenation during exercise (aerobic energy system) that come as a result of its high nitrate content.  So what better way to start the day than eating it for breakfast and you won’t find many tastier ways than as part of this pancake recipe!

Ingredients:

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  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 banana

  • 1 medium beetroot

  • small thumb of ginger
  • 1/2 avocado seed
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 scoop protein (optional)

Toppings: IMG_1190

  • almond butter
  • desiccated coconut
  • natural yoghurt
  • cinnamon
  • and more ideas at the bottom of the page!

Instructions:

Start by adding the coconut oil to the pan and put it on a high heat.  Then add all other ingredients to your “Nutribullet” (or equivalent blender) and mix.  You should be left with a great consistency of pancake mix but all measures are approximate, so feel free to experiment and add a few more oats/protein if you think it’s too runny.  Then fry them as big as you want, build a mouth-watering stack, add your toppings and enjoy!

A few benefits of this dish:

Beetroot: As mentioned above, beetroot is a fantastic source of dietary nitrate which has real positive effects on blood pressure, muscle oxygenation and consequently heart health.  Concentrated beetroot juice has even been found to be more effective than most caffeine based pre workout supplements for aerobic performance!  Plus it’s a great source of fibre (keeps you regular), folate (needed for red & white blood cell production as well as energy metabolism) and alpha-lipoic acid (lowers glucose levels & increases insulin sensitivity, great for diabetics) as well as many other nutrients too!

Avocado seed: Did you know that over 70% of the total antioxidant capacity of an avocado is actually found in the seed?  The bit that most people throw away!  These will all help to reduce inflammation, fight cancer cells and your skin will benefit too!  It also contains more soluble fibre than almost any other vegetable which will be great for you digestive health!  Plus it’s packed full of amino acids (the building blocks of protein), definitely not something to be wasted!

Ginger: Ginger is a great thermogenic food packed full of nutrients.  Just some of its benefits include reducing nausea, reducing inflammation, fighting cancer cells and boosting the immune system!  This is something I try to eat every day.

Cinnamon: First and foremost, cinnamon is a great tasting spice that makes a fantastic replacement for sugar.  Cinnamon is loaded with anti-oxidants that can reduce the damage of free radicals in the body.  It’s also another great spice for diabetics due to its ability to lower blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity.

Hope you enjoy this twist on the classic banana pancake and let me know what you think!

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