Oat bran is one of my favorite breakfast foods. Yes I know it may sound like something your grandma eats, but did you know that one serving contains 6g of fiber and 7g of protein? That’s more than regular rolled oats, and more protein than an egg! These 3-ingredient hearty pancakes just use oat bran, a banana, and milk. If you don’t have a perfectly ripe banana (a few spots are optimal) a great trick is to zap the banana you do have in the microwave for 15 seconds. I like to add vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter for extra flavor, and I recommend topping with a touch of maple syrup and your favorite fruit. Enjoy!
If you spend much time looking at food posts on Facebook or Instagram, chances are that you’ve seen the hashtag #highcarbvegan. Some people seem to be following this as a specific diet (or anti-diet), which contradicts the low carb diets that most up-to-date nutrition experts recommend for health and weight loss these days. So we had to dig into this to see what it was all about.
First let’s get clear about what we are talking about. The term plant-based diet is one that emphasizes vegetables, beans, peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. There are different types of plant-based diets: vegan with no animal products such as meat, eggs or dairy; lacto-ovo vegetarian with no meat but including dairy products and eggs; and lacto-vegetarian with no meats or eggs but including dairy products. You can also eat a plant-based diet without going completely vegetarian. Some people call themselves “pescatarian” if their plant-based diet includes fish or “flexitarian” if they occasionally eat animal products. While vegetarian diets are usually defined by what they exclude, think of what they include—lots of vegetables, grains and fruit. The whole foods plant-based idea does not require complicated instructions – just start to eat more whole, unprocessed foods that come directly from plants.
Last week, the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee proposed new updated Dietary Guidelines to encourage Americans to eat healthier. Some of the new recommendations seem more obvious and in line with the most current thinking in the world of nutrition and health (e.g. eat less sugar), but some were more novel. An age-old villain in the world of nutrition, cholesterol, is being let off the hook, and the Committee introduced the idea of eating not only for our health but also for the health of the planet.