If 2 ingredients are good, then 3 are better! Delicious, easy-to-make pancakes!

One thing I love to do when I have some time on my hands is search the internet for healthy updates of favourite foods. I have tried everything; chocolate avocado pudding (amazing), cauliflower mac and nutritional yeast “cheese” (decent), banana nice-cream (the best!). If you can name it, I have tried it, which is why 2 ingredient pancakes really piqued my interest! You may have seen this recipe floating around; pancakes made with just one banana and an egg. I tried this recipe multiple times and kept ending up with scrambled banana mush, it was gross. Now I love finding recipes, and then tweaking them to fit my tastes but nothing was working with these darn pancakes! I tried baking powder, adding berries to give more flavour but I kept ending up with an ugly, unappetizing mess. Until now! The key: oats!

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

Oats are great because they provide tons of heart healthy fiber, protein and little fat. They will keep you full for longer, protect from heart disease and keep your blood sugar nice and steady. They cause the pancakes to lightly fluff up, keeping a regular pancake-like consistency and prevent scrambled banana mush from happening.

The recipe itself isn’t much of a recipe!

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

For 4 servings (3 pancakes a serving) you will need:

– 4 eggs

– 4 bananas

– 1 cup oats

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

1) Heat your skillet to medium-high and lightly coat with coconut oil (or non-stick spray).

2) Throw your ingredients into a blender or mash them by hand until there are no lumps.

3) Add in any extras (blueberries, goji berries, cacao nibs, etc).

4) Spoon pancake mixture onto skillet. After a few minutes (3-5mins) the pancakes will be ready to flip. Make sure they’re cooked enough to be flipped in one piece (I have ruined many pancakes by being too eager!)

5) Cook on other side for 2 mins and you’re ready to eat!

3 Ingredient Pancakes - Om Shanti Life

3 Ingredient Pancakes – Om Shanti Life

I love topping my pancakes with a little cinnamon and maple syrup but have been known to put a dollop of organic 100% peanut butter in between the pancakes and let it melt! A delicious combination of salty and sweet!

What are your favourite pancake toppings? Do you like to add blueberries like I do? Let me know how much you enjoy these light, fluffy and healthy 3 Ingredient Pancakes!

Namaste.

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

We are still in the beginning of the New Year, therefore people are still working on their resolutions. Today, I have the perfect simple addition that you can make to your daily morning routine that will bring you loads of health benefits!

When life gives you lemons make… lemon water!

You may drink lemon water already just to jazz up the taste of plain old tap water, but here is why you should heat that water up a bit, drink it in the am (before you eat or drink anything else) and revel in it’s numerous health benefits (psst! there are more than just good hydration!)

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I start my day with a warm cup of lemon water, and you should too! First thing in the morning, I put on my kettle and wait for it to boil while doing my morning yoga routine (just 10-15 minutes) and morning meditation. By the time I’ve completed my other tasks, the water has boiled and I can pour it into a mug with the juice of half (or full – depending on the size) of a fresh lemon! You want your water to be warm – not hot – so I often pop in a few ice cubes to cool it down before taking my first juicy sips!

You may be thinking to yourself, “Great Kait, lemon water but there no chance that I will give up my morning coffee!” Before you dismiss it, take a look at all the ways warm lemon water first thing in the morning will help out your body and your mind!

Warm lemon water first thing in the morning will help cleanse your system. You’ve been in bed for 7-9 hours, and have not been eating or drinking, lemon water will keep your urinary tract healthy by increasing your rate of urination, preventing UTIs and allowing you to eliminate whatever has been building up overnight, keeping you regular. Not only will the lemon water hydrate you, but it will also hydrate your lymph system by replacing lymph fluid lost by the body throughout the day. Lemon water will also stimulate liver function, encouraging it to produce bile which will aid in your digestion once you start eating breakfast. The citric acid found in lemons maximizes enzyme function which aids in cleansing your post-sleeping system. Lemon water effectively flushes toxins from the body, improving any indigestion.

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Your daily morning mug of lemon water will boost your immune system! Lemons (an anti-inflammatory) are high in vitamin C, a vitamin well known to fight pesky colds (especially important in winter!) Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) also promotes healing, drinking your lemon water can even help heal any cuts or wounds you may have! Cool, isn’t it? Also high in potassium, your daily lemon water will also stimulate your brain and nerve function and help you regulate your blood sugar levels. Lemon water will work to strengthen not only your bones, cartilage and connective tissue, but also keep the eyes and brain healthy! Lemon water will remove any build up of uric acid in the joints, relieving any pain or inflammation from the sensitive areas. Had a tough workout the day before? Your warm water will help replenish all the salts lost during your workout and will ease the muscular aches and pains that follow from all your hard work!

Troubled skin? Lemon water can help with that too! No matter what your skincare issue, lemon water is a skin saver! Because lemon water is an antioxidant, it will work hard to combat any free radical damage that might show on your face or other areas. This means, any fine lines or wrinkles will be decreased, along with blemishes or dry spots! Lemon water is also antibacterial and will kill bacteria known to cause acne, leaving your skin fresh and glowing!

Though one may think they are acidic, once they are metabolized, lemons are super alkalizing! What does that mean? Diseases are known to thrive under an acidic environment. Your body’s pH becomes out of whack (and very acidic) after eating lots of unhealthy foods, drinking alcohol, etc. Because lemon water is so alkalizing, it brings your body back into a healthy pH. You can receive these benefits after a night of drinking (I definitely go back for more lemon water after a long night) or you can regularly drink your lemon water and it will constantly work remove that acidity from your body!

Finally, why do you want to start your day with warm lemon water? While lemon water is great to sip throughout the day (especially if you find the taste of plain water bland), drinking it warm first thing in the morning can replace coffee and caffeine from your morning routine! Think about it, if you are exercising regularly and sleeping enough hours that your body is well rested, you really do not need caffeine in the morning, it may just be an addiction! Drinking a warm mug of lemon water will give the body the same cozy feeling as wrapping your hands around a large mug of coffee! Lemon’s scent is known to energize the body, wake up the mind and lift one’s mood! Once digested, lemon water can actually provide energy to the body! It’s true! Not only that, but lemon can reduce feelings of anxiety, depression and dread which will help start your day on the right path! If you are so looking forward to your day that you forget to brush your teeth before running out the door, don’t worry! That lemon water will not only freshen your breath, but also lessen any tooth pain and prevent gingivitis! However, do not brush your teeth immediately after drinking lemon water, the acidity can hurt tooth enamel. Instead, wait until after eating breakfast, or drink and swish a large glass of water around your mouth before brushing!

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It’s obvious now that you should be starting your day with a big warm glass of lemon water! Make it a habit! Starting your day on a healthy note will help you make smart choices throughout the day! Cut out the coffee and enjoy your fresh skin, quick mind and uplifted mood!

Do you start your day with a warm glass of lemon water? Have I inspired you to kick the caffeine?

Namaste.

(Note: I’m not sponsored by lemons… they’re just awesome 😉 )

The Best Oatmeal: Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

I’ve always loved oatmeal. I remember as a kid my Mom making me the Quaker Peaches and Cream oatmeal in the winter as a delicious warming breakfast. As I grew up, I started learning how beneficial oatmeal is to include in your diet but never found the perfect non-sugary recipe. Until now.

Today I’m showing you an amazing winter breakfast recipe. The perfect Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal. (This recipe is written for 1 serving of oatmeal).

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Oatmeal is fantastic to add to your diet as it is extremely high in soluble fibre. Fibre is essential to a proper diet by stabilizing blood sugar, preventing the development of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and for keeping you full for longer. Oatmeal is high in the antioxidant avenanthramide, which protects LDL (bad cholesterol) from causing heart disease, prevents free radicals from harming HDL (high cholesterol) and staves off hardening of the arteries.

To make this delicious oatmeal you will need:

– 1/2 cup quick oats

– 1/2 cup water

– 1/2 cup nut milk of your choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)

– 1 banana (the riper, the better)

– 1 tbsp chia seeds

– 10-12 almonds

– 1 tbsp maple syrup

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) OR other favourite topping

1) Combine oats, water and nut milk into small saucepan and heat according to instructions on oatmeal package. (I warm mine on medium heat, stirring to avoid burning the oatmeal).

2) Once the liquid has been absorbed, cut the banana into pieces and mash into oatmeal.

3) Serve half of the banana/oatmeal mixture into a bowl.

4) Drizzle half (1/2 tbsp) maple syrup onto oats.

5) Serve second half of oatmeal mixture.

6) Top with the rest of the maple syrup, almonds and cinnamon.

7) Add any other additional toppings (if you choose). Though this oatmeal is perfect as is, blueberries are a favourite additional topping of mine!

8) ENJOY!

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Let me know how you like to take your oatmeal! Did you enjoy this recipe! Make it on mornings that you need a little bit of heat and comfort to start your day!

Namaste.