I don’t believe in labeling food as “healthy” or “not healthy.” I believe in good habits and bad habits. I think it’s a bad habit to eat lots of refined sugar and processed junk that lives in a box on a shelf on a daily basis. I think it’s a good habit to enjoy a totally sugar-laden cupcake once or twice a month and really enjoy the cuss out of it. I think it’s a bad habit to eat fast food multiple times a week. I think it’s a good habit to enjoy an amazing cheeseburger and fries on a weekend and have no regrets! I think it’s a bad habit to let kids snack between meals on junk like salty fish shaped crackers and candy posing as “fruit.” I think it’s a good habit to let your kids know what snack food is and that it is to be eaten once in a while and not every day and certainly not in place of a meal. Good habits and bad habits – to heck with worrying about good foods and bad foods or worrying that I’m bad for having refined flour and sugar in the house. If you really believe in the adage of “everything in moderation” you won’t run from these ingredients. You’ll just put them in their time and place.
Because of the awesome blog by Dina Rose that I read on a regular basis, I am coming more and more into the understanding of focusing on conquering habits instead of worrying about the nutrition of each individual meal I cook. I’ve developed a few habits I’m proud of and I’m working on changing the habits I’m not so proud to admit. A bad habit I’m working on is eliminating my “adult right” to snacking throughout the day. I have been bad about this in the past. A piece of chocolate here, a cracker and cheese or seven there…I don’t want Olive to grow up snacking between meals and having her around has really shed light on my bad habits for randomly and mindlessly eating. I’ve been tackling that problem this week and it’s getting easier and easier to wait till the next meal – just like I expect her to learn.
A good habit I really love is cooking a bit more indulgently on the weekends. This Saturday it was just us girls as Matt was somewhere in the Colorado wilderness hiking and eating freeze dried gravy. I love not camping. So for breakfast, before Olive woke up, I looked up a recipe for yogurt pancakes and modified the one I found to have cinnamon, oatmeal and a splash of sweetened milk I had in the fridge from the tres leches cakes I made a couple weeks ago. It was the best stack of pancakes I’ve ever made. They were wonderful. These pancakes are by no means “healthy” in that you should eat them all the time, but they are filled with good ingredients and that just adds a bonus to getting to dig into a stack of pancakes on a weekend. I topped them with banana slices and a bit of my favorite syrup – dark amber agave nectar (tastes like caramel) – and they were awesome. And filling. I threw the leftovers in the toaster this morning before church and they were magical all over again. Three cheers for refined flour weekends and learning good habits!
Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes
made about 8, 3 inch pancakes
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tbs melted butter
2 tbs milk or heavy cream or evaporated milk (I had leftover tres leches concoction in my fridge)
Heat a griddle or a non-stick frying pan over medium high heat. Combine all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Then, in a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients and whip up the eggs in the mixture until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and blend with a fork until fully incorporated. Spray the skillet with spray oil with each batch of pancakes and cook till browned on both edges, 2-3 minutes per side.
Serve with sliced bananas or peanut butter and syrup – whatever makes you happy!