Did you celebrate Pancake Tuesday?!
Give me a day where breakfast becomes dinner (or any meal for that matter) and I’m on board! Though it may not be raining outside, it is devilishly cold and with a cue from Jack Johnson it is the perfect day to snuggle in and make warm, fluffy, golden banana pancakes like it’s the weekend.
- With being in the office all morning and out for dinner and a movie last night, this delicious stack found its way to my table for lunch. In no way does being a health food junkie mean that you have to forgo this tradition, quite the opposite! With the right batter, pancakes can be a healthy treat too. But first, see how the conventional pancakes stack up compared to these Banana pancakes with all the reasons to flip the skillet over for this golden stack! And please, my fellow readers, while you “close the curtains and forget the world outside”, always remember my…
6 Rules To Practise Safe Stacks:
1) If it’s in a box.. It should stay in a box
- Don’t be fooled by fancy “organic” or “gluten-free” stamps on these products. If there is a “just add water” it’s generally not something you want to be adding to your diet and with five blended ingredients, these pancakes are nearly as fast.
2) Skim the dairy and use dairy free substitutes
- Coconut oil for butter (though these pancakes are oil free)
- Dairy free milk (except for soy or almond milk in this case)
- Why not almond milk? Heating will cause the unstable fats to go rancid.
3) Skip the sugar!
- Most pancake recipes call for sugar which is simply put: a recipe for disaster. The rush of glucose will spike your insulin and cause cravings and energy slumps post stack.
- This recipe uses both bananas and berries as a base and therefore is sweet enough on its own
~ Above toppings: banana ice-cream, gogi berries, dusted in cinnamon ~
4) The perfect pair
- I’ve heard so much hype about the two ingredient pancakes lately involving just : eggs & banana. However, fruit and meat products flip-up major distress in your digestive system. Opposites do not attract in this situation and should not be paired together.
5) Oil wisely
- Pancakes are cooked and should be done so with the right oils as the wrong ones will go rancid from the heat. The oils to use:
- coconut, avocado, or grapeseed
6) Top it off
- Skip the heavy helping of syrup which will spike your insulin. I love maple syrup and usually enjoy a drizzle on one of my pancakes.
- The rest I top with: nutbutters, coconut oil or coconut butter, applesauce, banana ice-cream (which melts over hot pancakes!), warmed berries, gogi berries, cinnamon
- Banana ice cream recipe here: https://lifeofeden.com/2014/10/16/pumpkin-pie-oats-with-cinnamon-ice-cream/
- Properly food combined
- Oil free
Flippin’ Good Jack Johnson Inspired Pancakes:
There are many variations of these simple pancakes utilizing different flours, milks and berries but this is my favourite one so far.
- 1 Banana
- 1 Cup oat flour (ground oat flakes)
- 1 Cup quinoa milk (you can use other non-dairy options) (I did half water half milk and they still turned out great)
- 1/3 cup berries (fresh or frozen) (my personal favourite was blueberries)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Blend all ingredients together except for the berries
- once blended, gently fold in the berries and spoon onto a hot pan
- Cook using a little oil to grease the pan (either coconut, grapeseed or avocado oil) until the top loses its shine and a few bubbles will appear
- They should be golden brown in colour and flip easily to cook for a few minutes more.
The outside will be golden and crispy with a soft banana centre and loaded with berries!
So, had you forgotten about Pancake Tuesday, and only found out via the pancake pictures frying your Instagram page, then you can forgo the main course tonight and dish out a healthy serving of pancakes for dinner!
Flipping up a holistic stack of Pancake Wednesdays,
“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”
~ Leonard Cowen
Ask Eden: “Could you post poses that help to open up a broken heart and help it heal?”
And just in time for Valentine’s Day ❤
- When thinking of repairing a broken heart, take the analogy of a muscle in yoga: every time we stretch, we make micro tears in the muscles. When they heal, they become stronger and more flexible. In order to grow, we need to stretch and tear a little bit. The same is true for your heart which, after all, is a muscle. Exercising the heart, leaving it open, makes it vulnerable, but every metaphorical rip and tear, with the proper healing, is an opportunity to expand, to enlarge and grow stronger.
An open heart is vulnerable but the heart is a muscle; it’s durable, self-healing, resilient.
The Anatomy Of A Broken Heart
- Our emotions manifest in our physical body. When we experience heart-break, our shoulders often round and we stoop slightly forward with a hunched back as though we are physically shielding the heart. Just as our heart compresses, our bodies compress. This posture, in turn, sends feedback via our nervous system to our brains affirming a lack of confidence and we are less likely to be happy.
- Alternatively, by opening up our chest cavity, we can begin to send the signal to our brains that we are open and this creates a cascade of positive feelings. This may first, however, create a flood of emotion if you have been hoarding feelings within.
The Heart Opener Yoga Series:
- Yoga has that powerful knack for bringing emotions to the surface, for ringing out our emotional toxins. By physically opening our chest cavities, these postures will help to open the inner heart and break down our barriers so that we can feel and once we feel it all, we can begin to heal it all.
- To delve deep into yourself and your emotions; it is best to do a longer practise. It gives your body time to warm up, to soften and release barriers and your mind will slow and become quiet. This is where the magic happens.
- Note: If you do not have experience with these postures, seek assistance from your yoga instructor for proper form. Each pose should feel good! If there is any pain, gently ease out of the asana and always listen to your body.
Also Note: By scrolling your cursor over the images, they will take full colour to showcase the photography by Lauren Leprich.
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
means “the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart.”
Upward Bow (Wheel) Pose
As it turns out, the Princess Bride happens to be a brilliant heart opener too!
Wishing you all a LOVEly Valentines,
Suzanne Eden ❤
Oh kale yeah!
I love flowers but what’s more desirable than a bouquet of something big, beautiful and edible?! Dark, leafy greens not sweet enough? It is, in fact, through the winter and early spring that kale is in season and at its sweetest. Besides, kale will help your beloved to live longer so you can be together and what’s more romantically sappy than that? The ultimate vase? A holistic foodies one true love (sorry boys), a Vitamix blender! If there’s one thing to love this Valentines Day, it’s a kale bouquet and here are the top reasons why every girl needs one (if only just for fun)!
1. The most bang for your buck
- More nutrient value for fewer calories than nearly any other food! And more affordable and useable than a bouquet of roses.
2. Reduces cancer risk
- This reduction has been linked to 5 different types of cancer: bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. So sure your girl friend doesn’t have a prostate, but you do! And I’m sure that after receiving a gift like this, she’d be more than happy to share 😉
3. Detoxifies your genes
- New research has correlated the Isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from kale’s glucosinolates to detoxification at a genetic level. And speaking of genes...
4. Helps you fit those skinny jeans
- This leafy green will provide you with copious amounts of vitamins and minerals to reduce inflammation, alkalinize and support your weight loss goals.
5. Over 45 different flavonoids
- Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits which reduce chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.
6. Vitamin K
- Contains nearly twice the amount of vitamin K as most of its cruciferous counterparts with a 1-cup serving supplying you with over 1,000 micrograms, approximately 10Xs the recommended minimum daily amount!
- Note: This refers mainly to vitamin K1. It’s important to ingest sources of K2 as well.
7. Beefing up the iron
- More iron per calorie than beef! And speaking of cows…
- More calcium, per calorie, than cow’s milk!
9. LOVE-ly skin
- Rich in vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids for youthful, glowing skin, without the gift of a pricey cosmetics bottle!
10. Get cozy!
- You don’t want to be sleeping in separate beds this Valentines Day do you? Keep the winter sicknesses at bay. The vitamin C content will help to boost the immune system.
With a superfood like this, what’s not to love? And why not pair the bouquet with some strawberry flowers? You can find the instructions on the board Holistic Valentines on my pinterest page here: https://www.pinterest.com/Lifeofeden/holistic-valentines/
An edible bouquet in hand this Valentine’s Day is your guaranteed ticket to melt any wellness junkies edible heart!
Taking a bite of a delicious & nutritious Valentines,
Ever needed a reason to watch more Jimmy Fallon? Don’t make me laugh! But seriously (or not so seriously)…
As it turns out, laughter is fantastic medicine!
Prescription for wellness: one heaping dose as often as possible every single day!
Naturally occurring sources: Laughter occurs abundantly in each episode of the Jimmy Fallon show, also amongst your household pet, richly in youtube videos and generously in gatherings of family and friends. Indulge liberally.
Here is every excuse you need with 10 reasons to take Jimmy Fallon in big, heaping doses:
1. Better than a stress ball
- Laughing relaxes muscles in the body and eases stress in the mind
2. Builds heat
- It improves circulation and stimulates the flow of lymph to detoxify
3. Beat the blues
- Laughing releases the “feel good” endorphins in our brains to reduce depression and anxiety and keep you in a positive mindset
4. Better than morphine
- These same endorphins are natural painkillers while boosting your mood!
5. Workout on the couch!
- Not in replacement to your regular ACTIVE-ist routine, but one study found that laughing brought on by a comedy film was shown to have the improvements of blood flow that a typical 15-20 minute workout may offer. And what does this do for us? It strengthens our blood vessels to reduce heart attacks and strokes!
- It also raises energy expenditure, increases heart rate, burns calories and, as we all know, is a very effective ab routine!
6. Better than cough syrup
- Laughter boosts the immunity by increasing the body’s antibodies to destroy viruses and tumour cells – without the bitter aftertaste
7. Sweet dreaming
- Boosts ability to fall asleep, improves the quality of sleep, and can help to relieve insomnia
8. Deep breaths
- and detoxify the lungs
- P.S.; more oxygen to the brain = improved memory and creativity!
- This you can feel: laughter energizes the body through increased blood flow and by raising your natural vibration
10. Boosts Creativity
- In a funk? This may be exactly what you need. Laughter puts us in a relaxed and joyful state where creativity flourishes!
ACTIVEist: laughter now meets yoga in.. well.. laughter yoga! And although I have yet to attempt this style, I’m sure it’s effective. Laughter, after all, is infectious. How? Anothers’ laughter activates the premotor cortical region of your brain, involved in moving your facial muscles to correspond with the sound and reciprocate.
Haven’t had your daily dose yet? Jimmy Fallon absent from your t.v.? Check out one of my all time favourites! :
Whether it be Jimmy Fallon or your own best friend;
Your new prescription for wellness: get laughing every damn day!