Flax seed pancakes your kids will love!
I love brunch – especially pancakes at brunch! These pancakes will fill you up and they are delicious and healthy too! They have key ingredients that are really good for your eyes which is what makes them an eye Food! The secret ingredient that transforms them into an eye food is the ground flax seed. Flax seed has 4 key eye nutrients.
The first is Omega – 3 fatty acids (ALA form). The omega -3 – fatty acids are especially beneficial for people with dry eye. Dry eye is an inflammatory chronic condition and omega -3 fatty acids are amazing at reducing inflammation and have been shown to reduce dry eye symptoms.
Flax seed also has Vitamin E, an antioxidant and Zinc, an important mineral. Antioxidants and Zinc have both been shown to prevent macular degeneration. Vitamin E has been shown to protect against cancer and heart disease, while zinc is important in keeping your immune system healthy.
The 4th healthy component is the fiber! Fiber helps make you feel full and keeps you going. It decreases the glycemic index of food and diets with lower glycemic loads have been shown to decrease your risk of macular degeneration. Grinding flax seeds into flour breaks down the outer layer of the seed and makes it easier for our bodies to absorb the good stuff on the inside.
Adding blueberries to the pancake batter makes them tastier and also adds an extra antioxidant boost!
1 cup whole wheat flour
0.5 cup ground flax seed
1 table spoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups milk
1 cup fresh or thawed frozen blueberries
Mix together in a large bowl the flour, ground flax seed, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the milk and eggs. Once well combined gently stir in the blueberries.
Heat a well-oiled pan or griddle. Scoop about ¼ cup of batter onto pan for each pancake. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on both sides. Serve hot with maple syrup and for Dr. Freiburger’s favorite way – spread with peanut butter and maple syrup! Yumm!