Keeping Breakfast Interesting – Toddler Version. Banana Pancakes From Scratch.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this previously or not, but our typical breakfast consists of some variant of a smoothie with the most common including the following ingredients:

2 bananas
1 huge scoop of peanut butter
1 – 1.5 cups of quick oats
~200mL of yogurt. If using peanut butter, then vanilla, else fruit flavored
milk or more recently coconut almond milk

While this continues to be consumed with enthusiasm, there is also a new found appreciation for pancakes and waffles. For a short while we fell into the bad habit of having waffles once or twice a week, and using frozen store-bought waffles to meet the need. Not healthy.

So, we’ve started to make large batches of pancakes from scratch. We store them in the fridge and toast them in the morning as needed. This has been a huge hit and provides a nice alternative to smoothies especially as the weather is getting cooler. I’m including the typical ingredients below for a single batch. Usually I’ll make a double batch of pancakes since we’re storing them anyway.

1.5 cups of flour
0.5 tsp of baking powder
0.25 tsp of baking soda

In another bowl:
1.5 cups of milk
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of sugar

Melt about a tablespoon of butter and add to the milk mixture after about 5 minutes
Add an egg to the milk mixture.

Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir with a fork. Lumps are fine.

Mash a very ripe banana with a fork. Stir it into the batter.

That’s it. Now it’s time to cook the pancakes and enjoy.

Babies, Vitamins and Mixed Messages in the Media

I’m one of those people who, every morning consumes a small cup worth of vitamins. My current alottment is comprised of:

  • Multivitamin
  • Vitamin D (I live in the Pacific Northwest and have dark skin)
  • Fish oil (with DHA etc)
  • Flaxseed oil (someone told me once that it helps lubricate your eyes)
  • Glucosamine with Chondroitin (I had knee surgery a few years ago and have experienced several shoulder dislocations. As a result I’m happy to try anything that might help)
  • Branch chain amino acids (I like to pretend I go to the gym regularly)
  • Some green pill since I don’t eat enough greens

Crazy right?

Anyway, we recently heard that the DHA/fish oil supplementation is good practice for kids so I just picked up some capsules of the stuff which of course our son tried, but now refuses to eat. I can’t say that I blame him. They’re tiny fish oil capsules (about the size of a typical vitamin D capsule) and flavoured with the usual artificial strawberry flavoring. Once ‘popped’ the strawberry flavored fish oil syrup flows out and you’re left with the very sticky capsule skin… I tried one. I would refused to eat it as well if I was a toddler that didn’t understand that it was supposed to be beneficial. Next time I think we’ll go with the Gummy version. You can find a number of different Nordic Naturals Children’s DHAoptions here.

Additionally we give him a multivitamin gummy that we cut into 6 pieces each morning. This he takes to with gusto. Not surprising given that its an almost perfect mimic of a gummy bear so there’s absolutely no argument about taking them. The specific childen’s multi that we buy are Yummi Bears Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Gummy Bears

Now, the question. Consumer Reports recently did a spot on vitamins and supplements making the argument that many of them are unnecessary and in fact some of them can do some harm. They laid out the risk as well that both vitamins and supplements lack the quality control process and standards that true medications are bound by, so you take at your own risk. That makes me nervous.

It seems like every other week the common wisdom around vitamins, supplements and other promising foods shifts one way or the other. This week fish oil is dangerous so we all throw it out, the next week there’s a study that it can help with cancer treatment or something else we’re all concerned about. Frankly I don’t know if I should even bother trying to keep u.

For those of you out there, what are your experiences and thoughts?

Making Friends on a Saturday Morning. Quick and Easy Pancakes

When our little guy woke up on Saturday we asked the questions we always ask.

Me: “Did you have a good sleep?”
Him: “Yes”
Me: “What did you dream about?”
Him: “Pancakes”
Me: “What?”
Him: “Pancakes”

Challenge accepted. Here’s the recipe I used. It was quick, easy, didn’t make too many and clearly idiot proof as I pulled it off.

In one container, whisk:
    A couple tablespoons of sugar.
    1.5 cups of milk.
    A couple teaspoons of lemon juice (I used Reallemon…)
Then mix in:
    1 egg (I was told room temperature. No idea what difference that makes).
    About a tablespoon of melted butter.

In a second container, whisk together:
    1.5 cups of flour (I used white as I didn’t have any of the ‘healthy’ stuff.
    1 teaspoon baking soda.
    Around 2 teaspoons baking powder.
    A pinch of salt.

Pour the wet stuff into the dry stuff and mix with a fork. It’s ok for it to be a bit chunky.

Now spoon its out onto a pre-heated (i keep it on medium to medium-low to avoid burning) greased heavy frying pan and cook. Flip them when you see bubbles bursting on the pancake’s upper surface.

By the way, our son prefers his with either almond butter or guava jelly.