Since winter is sooo long, and the days sooo short, more often than not we find ourselves trapped in the house with nothing to do, and end up feeling blue for no reason. And even if you are not down in the dumps, some mood lifting is always welcomed.
Well, there’s nothing food and a few scrumptious recipes can’t fix. And what better way to entertain yourselves than fixing up a batch of tasty, fluffy pancakes?
Pancake Ingredients to Boost Your Mood
There are many ingredients that are scientifically proven to improve your mood, lentils, chicken and turkey to name just a few. But, since we are focusing on ingredients that can work well in pancake batters the following list I confined to mostly fruits and sweet things.
These yellow fruits will not only make your pancakes extra fluffy, and are not only a great replacement for flour, but they contain tryptophan, the amino acid capable of raising the serotonin levels in our bodies, which means after eating a banana you will be all sunshine and coconuts.
Due to their low glycemic index, oats are among the best mood-boosting foods out there. Also, they contain selenium, a mineral known for its mood-boosting features, so they are definitely a must when it comes to energy uplifting pancakes. (You can use oats as they are, or go for an oat flour).
The star of the show must be CHOCOLATE. Especially the dark variety stimulates the serotonin levels and releases endorphins. This means that eating dark chocolate will significantly lower the anxiety levels and will reduce the amount of stress hormones released in the body, which will result of course, in a happier you J.
Mood Boosting Pancake Decorations
Colorful things have always been associated with happiness. So, why not prepare a batch of Rainbow Pancakes. You can find the recipe online, or just use a regular pancake batter and add a drop of food coloring.
Another idea would be preparing the Funfetti pancakes. With some white frosting and sprinkles on top, you will surely glow as soon as you lay eyes on them. They are the definition of FUN and YUM.
And, last, but not least, give the Red Velvet Pancakes a try. The vibrant red color is sure going to improve your mood, plus with all the flavors of a red velvet cake this pancake stack will definitely become one of your all-time favorites!
And remember, pancakes are also fun because you can have a friend or a loved one come over and prepare them together. And if you know them not to be quite the cooking enthusiasts, at least you can enjoy eating them together. Either way, a batch of pancakes is all you need to boost your mood from zero to 100.