Whole Wheat Cranberry OJ Pancakes

16 Dec

The question I hear so often at work, whether directed toward me or someone else: “going anywhere for the holidays?” My answer has so far always been “no.” The extent of my holiday travels is to dinner at my parents’ or grandparents’ house, both of which are a 30 minute drive from my own home. But for many people, the holidays = travel season. Families are dispersed across the country, vacation time needs to be used up before the year ends, and some just escape to the tropics for a week!

We all know that traveling, near or far, plus cold-weather season can spell sickness. It’s much too easy to come down with a cold, suffer with the sniffles, or overeat till you’re sick to your stomach. Which is why it’s so important to emphasize healthy during these chilly & busy months.

Here are some great #HolidayTravelTips, which you can use today, tomorrow, and all throughout the year!

  1. Exercise! Working out is great for your body, mental health, and immune system. Keep those muscles strong by hitting the weight room, work up a sweat in your favorite cardio class, or put on some miles with a cold-weather run (as long as you’re dressed in the right layers!)
  2. Enjoy the sweets…in moderation. Sure, that’s easier said than done, especially when grandma brings out a plate of your favorite cookies. Keep in mind that treats are a fun part of the holiday season, and they should be enjoyed! Just don’t down the entire platter.
  3. Pack a lot of fresh produce. Winter is citrus’s prime time – if you’re traveling far, bring a bag of oranges with you to snack on. Cut up some bell peppers, carrots and cucumbers. Eat plenty of fresh fruits & veggies before you head to your aunt’s house so you don’t go crazy on the mashed potatoes & gravy come dinner time.
  4. Always know how to reach a doctor. This may be the last thing on your list, but if you’re traveling far from home, it’s good to know where you can find help last minute.
  5. Eat a hearty breakfast! Don’t starve yourself in preparation for an indulgent dinner. Instead, eat a hearty, healthy breakfast packed with protein, complex carbs and fiber, and you’ll have better control around the cookie platter and cheese tray.

Whole Wheat Cranberry OJ Pancakes | xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com

Speaking of breakfast, here’s a perfect recipe to tide you over till you arrive for your holiday plans. These whole wheat pancakes are packed with fresh cranberries, which are super high in Vitamin C, fiber, and manganese. The orange juice packs an extra Vitamin C punch, and enhances the tart sweetness of the berries. Ditch the unneeded fats by using mashed banana in place of oil, and sweeten these flapjacks ever so delicately with some local honey. Serve these up and your family will be surely pleased!

Whole Wheat Cranberry OJ Pancakes
Makes 8 pancakes

  • 1 C non dairy milk
  • 1/2 C orange juice, not from concentrate
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp mashed overripe banana
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C fresh/frozen cranberries (thaw first if frozen)

Preheat your griddle or get out a large skillet to use.

Mix together the milk and orange juice, which will curdle the milk, giving it a buttermilk-like consistency.

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk with the wet ingredients. Pour over the flour mixture and whisk well. Then fold in the cranberries.

Spray your griddle or skillet with PAM or use a bit of oil to grease. Use a 1/3—cup measuring cup to scoop out batter onto the hot surface.

Cook pancakes about 2 minutes on one side, flip, and cook another 2 minutes. You’ll want both sides to be a deep golden color.

Repeat until all batter has been cooked – you’ll get about 8 pancakes.

Serve warm with syrup, cranberry sauce, or peanut butter.

Whole Wheat Cranberry OJ Pancakes | xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com

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One Response to “Whole Wheat Cranberry OJ Pancakes”

  1. Steph Langdon December 16, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    Great tips and recipe. I have already planned to make cranberry orange muffins , so we’re on the same page for flavours! http://www.pulsecanada.com/food-health/recipes/recipes?mode=details&recipe=106

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