Have a Flipping Healthy Pancake Day!
Although pancakes in themselves may not be the healthiest food on the planet, our choice of healthy pancake toppings can drastically change the number of calories as well as giving us a range of other healthy benefits.
We don’t want you to miss out on the flipping good fun this year, so here are DrinkWell’s top 5 healthy pancake toppings for what you can serve on top of your golden discs of joy this Shrove Tuesday, alongside a perfect reduced-calorie alcohol pairing to go with each!
Strawberry Flax Jam Topped Pancakes & La Giosa Prosecco
Before getting your pancake batter together, take 10mins to make your very own flaxseed jam! It’s surprisingly less effort than you might expect; simply boil some strawberries until soft, mash them up, then add the flax seeds until you get your desired consistency and sweeten with stevia to taste. This low-sugar alternative to your usual jam is a great source of soluble fibre, meaning it slows digestion in the stomach and keeps your hunger at bay.
DrinkWell recommends our La Gioiosa Prosecco to complement this pancake pairing; this dry Prosecco is a real lemony mouthful with hints of almonds to finish off, and with less than 1g of sugar and only 79cals per 125ml, it leaves you with enough room for an extra pancake!
Maple Syrup Topped Pancakes & West Cork Whiskey Black Cask
When it comes to most Whiskey cocktails, you’ll find the most common sweetener is Maple syrup. The trademark flavours of vanilla, oak and baking spice mix perfectly with the sweetness of maple syrup - meaning the West Cork Whiskey Black Cask also goes excellently with maple syrup pancakes!
Maple syrup is a great healthy alternative to Golden Syrup; it contains numerous antioxidants including benzoic acid & gallic acid and has a much lower GI score than normal refined sugar. This prevents our blood sugar levels from spiking, and is great for improved digestion, meaning you are less likely to experience problems such as Candida, IBS, leaky gut & other digestive system disorders.
Melted Dark Chocolate Topped Pancakes & Guillaume Aurele Merlot
Studies show that the antioxidants in red wine and dark chocolate can actually be beneficial for your heart, providing better blood circulation, lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol - but in moderation of course!
Red wine & dark chocolate have also been proven to lower the incidence of cell damage and infections in the body. They can even invigorate the process of cell regeneration, and play a part in the formation of collagen, which can keep our skin looking youthful and healthy - we’ll drink to that!
The rich flavour of an 80% Cocoa dark chocolate compliments the red berry & cherry aromas of the Guillaume Aurele Merlot beautifully, giving you a luxurious pancake eating experience!
Fresh Berry Topped Pancakes & Kopparberg Summer Fruits Light
The delicious Kopparberg Summer Fruits, which now comes in the form of a reduced-calorie alternative, does a perfect job of mixing raspberry with a subtle sweetness of fresh blueberry - making it the ideal match to your fresh berry topped pancakes!
Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries have the highest antioxidant activity of commonly consumed fruits, meaning they do a great job at protecting you against unstable molecules in our bodies called free-radicals, that can lead to the formation of cancer, heart disease and strokes. Berries have strong anti-inflammatory properties, and can also be enjoyed in moderation on a Keto diet just make sure you have the perfect Keto pancake recipe to match!
Lemon Juice & Stevia Topped Pancakes & LUXLO Ginny & Skinny Tonic
This topping is a no-sugar alternative to the classic lemon & sugar combo! Stevia is a natural, zero-calorie sweetener that has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce oxidized LDL cholesterol & reduce plaque build-up in the arteries, making it the perfect alternative to refined sugar to top your delicious crêpes with! Lemon is also a great source of Vitamin C, which is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues.
The LUXLO Ginny is a floral tasting spirit with subtle citrus notes, and paired with your choice of Skinny Tonic it is the perfect, light refreshing beverage to compliment your lemon & stevia topped pancakes.