So as usual, my fiancé gave me his puppy dog eyes at 10 pm and asked what was for dinner. He wanted something “healthy” but that would also taste good. Last time he had this request, he had one serving of the meal i had made and didn’t touch it after that lol ive been learning not to take it personally. Ive become the crazy health nut of the family so everybody has become a bit wary when they see me playing around in the kitchen. I guess I would be too if my fiance went from eating the food he eats now to suddenly eating, well, the things I’ve been eating lol anyway, back to his dinner request. Thankfully he requested something easy, crepes. I decided to play sneaky chef and make a few “healthy” changes to his regular crepes. First change was to add fruit, strawberries, which are high in both vitamin c and manganese. Vitamin c is responsible for helping the body manufacture collagen in blood vessels, bones, cartilage, and muscle while manganese can do, well, a lot for you.
Foods high in manganese can:
– Help your body utilize several key nutrients such as biotin, thiamin, vitamin c (ascorbic acid), and choline
– Keep your bones strong and healthy
– Help your body synthesize fatty acids and cholestorol
– Maintain normal blood sugar levels
– Promote optimal function of your thyroid gland
– Maintain the health of your nerves
– Protect your cells from free-radical damage
How do you know if you need more manganese in your diet? The problems below could be due to a lack of manganese:
– Poor glucose tolerance (high blood sugar levels)
– Skin rash
– Loss of hair color
– Excessive bone loss
– Low cholesterol levels
– Hearing loss
– Reproductive system difficulties
In addition to all that, eating strawberries can offer
1) cardiovascular support and prevention of cardiovascular diseases
2) improved regulation of blood sugar, with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes
3) prevention of certain cancer types including breast, cervical, colon, and esophageal cancer
Second chance I made was to use whole wheat flour and also add a few sprinkles or flax seed.
Man after reading all that you’re probably starving 😉 well, lucky for you, here’s the recipe for the crepes
– 1 cup whole wheat flour
– 2 tbsp butter or margarine (interestingly, I have heard as of late that eating fruit with margarine/butter actually helps the nutrients in the fruit work better? Must research this more)
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1/2 cup water
– 2 eggs
– dash of almond extract
– 1/2 cup strawberries
– few sprinkles of flax seed
1) combine dry ingredients.
2) Then add wet ingredients to dry. Mix. Set aside strawberries for later.
3) get out a skillet, plop some margarine onto it and once melted, add enough batter so it covers the bottom of your skillet. You don’t want huge thick crepes. Crepes are meant to be thin so don’t go crazy when adding the batter to the skillet.
4) wait until the bottom of the crepe starts to get golden brown then flip. Once the other side starts to brown, flop it over to your plate. Add strawberries on top.
5) repeat steps 3-4 until you use up the batter. I typically get 4 giant crepes out of my batter but it’s up to you depending how thick and large you want them (I feel like there’s a dirty joke in there, must refrain).
6) enjoy 🙂
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