Many of you may already know of the healing power of bananas (preferably slightly greenish) on your gut. Bananas are a good source of prebiotic fibre which can boost levels of good gut bacteria and improve digestive health. With midlife women between the ages of 45 – 60 years, typically experiencing multiple changes to their energy, temperature regulation, cardiovascular health and liver health, it’s important to have foods that nourish and heal.
This recipe includes both oats and bananas. Oats are high in betaglucans, which promote cholesterol clearance in the liver. Bananas are not only high in potassium which is important for blood pressure management, but bananas also contribute to Resistant Starch. This is the type of starch that helps to boost Resistant starch (RS) refers to types of carbohydrates that don’t get digested in the small intestine, but move on into the large intestine, to further aid fermentation of bacteria. This process provides numerous health benefits.
The type of CARBS you are eating may be contributing to your insomnia, hot flushes, anxiety, sore joints and low energy.
When women come onto the MyMT™ programmes, the focus is not only on sleep improvement, but also on gut health and liver improvement. This is where food is important, including the intake of healthy carbohydrates. There is so much negativity towards carbohydrates these days, but all carbs are not equal and fruits such as bananas and grains such as oats, play important roles in our midlife health. Carbohydrates that do not spike your insulin levels are known as Low Glycemic Carbohydrates.
Glycaemic Index or GI, is a measure of how slowly or quickly carbohydrates break down in your body to glucose. It is glucose that your body uses as fuel for energy but we don’t want too much or too little. A steady flow of glucose in your bloodstream is fundamental for maintaining emotional stability, preventing fatigue and managing weight and when we select carbohydrates that are not too high in a glucose rating, then these help to stabilise our energy levels, especially when we are busy.
Oats are the perfect low GI carbohydrates, and I get the women on my programme to have oats for breakfast a few times a week. These pancakes present a new way to get more oats into you, as well as healthy bananas for improved gut health too – a beautiful bonus of this great breakfast recipe (or make it for Sunday brunch).
The MyMT™ KITCHEN: Heal your gut and help your liver with these Banana and Oat Pancakes.
Ingredients (makes enough for 1 person)
- 1 banana (slightly firm)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 Tbsp of milk or water
- 1 tsp of cinnamon (if you like)
- Butter or olive oil for frying
- Toppings of your choice – nuts, seeds, low fat Greek yogurt, fruit
Place all ingredients into a food processor.
Blend mixture together.
Place a small amount of butter or olive oil in a non-stick frying pan
on medium heat. Pour in pancake mixture. Leave for approximately
3 minutes (until the pancake is able to be flipped without breaking)
and then flip it. Repeat.