Sunday, August 11, 2013

Fluffy Gluten Free Healthy Pancakes & Importance of Psyllium Husks

Happy Sunday!
Who else loves making pancakes on the weekend?! I know I DO! Well I like to make them everyday.. but weekends mostly because that's when everyone relaxes from their hard week, sleeps in a little, then you wake up to the fresh smell of delicious pancakes, no normal pancakes, but FLUFFY pancakes!
It's A Fact
People always ask me how I get my pancakes so FLUFFY! Well the secret is:
You can read more about it here, but below I'll give you 2 fantastic fluffy gluten free healthy pancake recipes and why you should include more of this fiber in your diet!
- 1 large banana
- 1 tbs psyllium husk
- 1 egg
- 1 tbs coconut flour
- 2 tbs oats
- 2 tbs almond milk
- blend all the above together
- topped with Quest Bar  "cookie dough syrup" (basically soaked a cookie dough quest bar in 1/4 cup almond milk, microwaving for :10 seconds and stirring continuously until melted) and bananas and coconut shreds!!

- 2 eggs
- 1 tbs flax meal
- 1 tbs psyllium husk
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
-2/3 scoop protein powder
- blend all together well
- let sit for 1 minute
- cook on low heat on nonstick or sprayed pan

I used the rest of 1/3 scoop protein mixed with water to make the syrup
- topped with kashi go lean cereal

Now for Some Benefits of Psyllium Husk: 

Psyllium is a common ingredient in many over-the-counter constipation products, since it is a high source of fiber and it acts as a bulk-forming laxative. In other words, it helps increase the volume of fecal matter, which stimulates a reflex contraction of the bowel walls that helps the stool pass smoothly. For mild constipation, a recommendation is to take 1 teaspoon of psyllium in a glass of juice, warm water, or milk three times a day. For moderate to severe constipation, use 2 teaspoons (instead of one). It is recommended to drink the mixture immediately before it thickens up and becomes harder to swallow. It is also very important to drink an additional 8 ounce glass of water immediately afterwards, as well as another 6 to 8 glasses of water throughout the remainder of the day.

Studies suggest that the various constituents of psyllium (such as soluble fibers, linoleic acid, and alkaloids) can help lower blood sugar levels. Therefore, a simple remedy to treat Diabetes is to take 1 tablespoon of Psyllium mixed into a glass of water or apple juice twice per day. It is also important to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Psyllium's properties help to soak up a significant amount of excess water in the digestive tract and make stool firmer. Therefore, it is an effective natural remedy for diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease. Simply take 1-2 tbsp (5-10 grams) of Psyllium husk 2-3 times daily until bowel movements are normal. Hemorrhoids Since Psyllium is known to help soften stool, it is an effective way to reduce the pain and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids. Take 1 teaspoon of psyllium husk mixed in a warm glass of water or milk twice daily. It is recommended to drink 6-8 glasses of fluids throughout the day when using this Psyllium husk remedy.

High Cholesterol
Psyllium is well studied as a lipid-lowering agent. The high levels of soluble fiber and linoleic acid in Psyllium stimulate the production of cholesterol-lowering bile acids and reduce the amount of cholesterol absorption by the body. Therefore, a simple remedy for high cholesterol is to take 1 teaspoon of Psyllium husk 3 times a day. It is recommended to drink lots of fluids when using this remedy.

Weight Loss
Many dietitians believe that incorporating psyllium and other sources of fiber into the diet can help people lose weight faster. This is possible since psyllium can cause a feeling of fullness, which can reduce our sensation of hunger. Therefore, adding 1 teaspoon of psyllium to a glass of water or apple juice before each meal may be an effective way to increase weight loss. Be sure to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water throughout the day when using this remedy, and combine it with a regular daily exercise 

So if you're not taking psyllium... why not???
I get mine from Trader Joes, but any health food store will carry it!


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