I imagine the Met Gala is a lot like a high school reunion. When you first get the invitation, it’s exciting; you can’t wait to see what everyone looks like now. Then you start to stress about what to wear. You need to look totally fab to make up for those unfortunate braces years.
Despite careful planning, you then panic at the last minute and show up in something totally inappropriate. Within five minutes it’s blatantly obvious why you haven’t seen any of these people since graduation. Alcohol is the only way forward.
This is what I like to think happened to Kendall Jenner on Monday night. I mean if Anna Wintour was buying my drinks then I’d be pounding the champers too. The downside of this plan is the wicked hangover you wake up with the next morning. But Ms Kendall is no amateur; she has the perfect hangover cure down pat.
The model posted this photo of herself on Insta, looking fab while tucking into a stack of delicious pancakes. Gotta love that caption. Although a sticky, sweet stake of pancakes might not seem like the best idea after a night on the town, it seems that Kendell might be onto something.
Dietitian Melissa Meier says that although “the standard sugar-laden pancakes aren’t the best choice for breakfast with good nutrition in mind, but there are plenty of healthier alternatives and recipes these days.”
She recommends using “ingredients like oats, eggs, banana, almond meal and chia seeds in your pancake mix and you’re onto a more nourishing meal."
The reason pancakes are a great hangover cure is because they can be customised to suit specific concerns. Studies have shown that alcohol impairs our body’s absorption of nutrients. After drinking we especially experience a decline in vitamin A and B, zinc and potassium. Pancakes are a great way to add foods targeted at replenishing those nutrients.
So let’s work out the perfect hangover pancakes. Eggs and dairy, used in even the most basic pancakes, are already great sources of vitamin A and B. Try adding soy or rice milk and mixing in some fortified breakfast cereals as an extra boost. Cereal is also high in zinc but consider adding some protein to really take your zinc intake to the next level. As for potassium, look no further than the humble banana. Hangover be gone.
To get you started, here are three of our favourite healthy pancake recipes.
GF : DF : SF
- 150ml fresh plunger coffee
- 250ml almond milk
- 1 medjool date
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch cinnamon
- Pinch sea salt
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 2 eggs, whisked
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- To serve: Additional fruit or yoghurt (optional)
For the smoothie:
Place all ingredients in blender and blitz until creamy. Top with additional cinnamon if desired and serve chilled.
For the pancake:
Whisk eggs, banana and vanilla. Heat a medium fry pan over medium to high heat and add coconut oil to coat the pan. Add whisked ingredients and cook 3 minutes on side, flip and cook a further 1 minute on the other. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt, extra fruit and coconut or nuts as desired.
- 200g Buckwheat Flour
- 50g Teff flour*
- 2.5g Baking soda
- 5g Baking powder
- 2g Salt
- 80g Caster sugar
- 400ml Coconut milk
- 200ml Coconut kefir
- 90ml Coconut oil
- 3 Eggs, yolks and whites separated
- 2g Native wattleseed
- ¼ cup Organic cacao nibs
- ¼ cup Toasted coconut flakes
- ¼ cup Hazelnuts
- 3 cups Coconut yoghurt
*Teff is higher in protein than wheat, high in iron & calcium and contains all eight essential amino acids. It has more calcium, fibre, zinc and thiamine than quinoa.
1. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (buckwheat flour, teff flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and caster sugar).
2. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients (coconut milk, Kefir, coconut oil and egg yolks).
3. Make a well in the dry ingredients, and pour in wet ingredients, combining to make a batter.
4. Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form and gently fold into the pancake mix with care not to over mix.
5. Heat coconut oil in a pan over medium heat and spoon ½ cup of pancake mixture to create a circular shape. When air bubbles rise to the surface, sprinkle with wattleseed, flip once and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes or until cooked through. Repeat with remaining mixture. Tip: Using coconut oil, grease an egg ring to create perfectly round and consistent pancakes every time.
6. To plate, layer two pancakes accompanied by a side serving of ½ cup coconut yoghurt.
7. Garnish with organic cacao nibs, toasted coconut flakes and hazelnuts, and serve.
For alternate garnishes, experiment with fresh berry compote, ricotta and lemon.
If preparing ahead of time, the combined wet and dry mixture will safely keep for one hour, however, for best results, it should be cooked immediately once egg whites are added.
GF : DF: SF
- Vegan buckwheat pancake
- 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon bicarb soda
- 1 tablespoon dill, finely chopped
- Sea salt
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil, melted
- 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, blanched and drained
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- Dairy-free pesto
- Sautéed tomatoes with cavolo nero
- Fresh herbs
- Chilli flakes
1. In a small bowl combine chia seeds with 3 tablespoons water and allow to gel for 5 minutes.
2. Mix together buckwheat flour, chia seeds, almond milk, baking powder, bicarb soda, dill and sea salt in a large mixing bowl. Heat a frying pan on medium heat, add olive or coconut oil and pour half the mixture into the pan, spread around the pan and cook 3 minutes on one side before flipping and cooking the same for the alternate side.
3. Remove from pan and cook remaining pancake to serve or store in the fridge for the following day. Whilst pancake is cooking, blitz peas, evoo and lemon together in a blender or mash by hand.
4. To serve pancakes, layer the pea smash on the plate followed by the pancake, a dollop of dairy-free pesto, sautéed veggies and finish with the avocado and herbs on top. Season with sea salt and black pepper and serve.
For more health recipes, check out this ultimate salted caramel slice and these maca waffles that you can easily whip up on a Sunday morning.
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