I want your dad to have the healthiest and most delicious Father’s Day breakfast ever and I have created a special pancake recipe to make sure you can provide him with just that.
The healthiest Father’s Day pancakes ever are made using specific ingredients that are especially important for men’s health and will help keep your dad healthy and happy for years to come.
Here’s what you need
1 Banana (Sliced): Not only do bananas make aesthetic and delicious pancake toppers, they are high in fibre and also a rich source of potassium which will help regulate dad’s blood pressure.
1 Cup Soy Milk: Soy milk contains soy protein which is a dietary component known to reduce with “bad” cholesterol levels in your dads blood and help keep his heart as healthy as possible. If your dad is not a huge soy fan, don’t worry because the taste will not be noticeable as part of the pancakes.
1 Tbsp. of Olive Oil: Olive oil is a great choice as it contains heart healthy monounsaturated fats.
1.5 Cups Whole Grain Oat Flour: Oat flour contains more soluble fibre than wheat flour and soluble fibre is a very important functional component that will help lower your dad’s cholesterol and will help with blood sugar control as well. You can also use ¾ cup instant oatmeal and ¾ cup whole grain whole wheat flour here instead for a similar effect, depending on what you can find at your local grocer.
2 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed: Ground flax seed is not only an excellent source of heart healthy omega- 3 fatty acids but also another very rich source of soluble fibre.
1 Omega-3 Egg: Eggs are one the only rich dietary sources of vitamin D, which most men do not consume enough of. Omega-3 eggs also have the added benefit of containing heart healthy fatty acids.
100% Maple Syrup & Cinnamon: To keep things delicious of course.
½ Grapefruit or 1 Watermelon Wedge: These are two of the very few fruits which are very rich in lycopene, the compound that has been strongly associated with prostate cancer prevention and is found mostly notably in tomatoes. Plus most dads don’t eat enough fruits anyway.
You will also need: 1 tbsp. baking powder.
- Mix oat flour and baking soda in a large bowl and stir in soymilk, egg and ground flax seed.
- Heat a lightly olive-oiled griddle over medium heat (oil should not smoke) , pour batter onto the pan and cook until golden brown on both sides.
- Top pancakes with banana slices, maple syrup and cinnamon to taste and serve alongside grapefruit or watermelon.
There you have it, the healthiest Father’s Day pancakes ever and no less than your dad deserves!
Andy De Santis RD MPH is a Toronto-based private practice dietitian and nutrition blogger. You can learn more about him at his website: AndyTheRD.com