The problem with pancakes

I love pancakes.  My wife loves pancakes.  My kids love pancakes.

Pancakes are a problem.

The problem with pancakes is that they just don’t fill me up very quickly.  They become a vehicle for whatever variety of syrup we’ve got around that day.  I know it doesn’t sound like much of a problem but because I love them, I’m weak-willed, I drown them in syrup, and they don’t fill me up very quickly, I end up eating way more than I need to.

The solution?

Dee’s Cereal Whole Grain Pancakes!

Super yummy, full of all the goodness found in Dee’s Cereal, and they will actually fill you up and keep you going.  They’re not much more time consuming to make than regular pancakes either.  Alright, they’re harder than pouring water on a mix of Krusteaz but I’m talking about making pancakes the awesome way; from scratch.

Try out the recipe and let us know what you think.  You can also find this recipe along with other ways to eat better and enjoy Dee’s Cereal at deescereal.com in the recipes link.

DEE’S CEREAL WHOLE GRAIN PANCAKES

  • ½ Cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ Cup Dee’s Cereal
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar (or Sucanat)
  • ¼ tsp. salt (or sea salt)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • dash cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 Cup skim milk
  • 1 Tbsp. butter (or coconut butter)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Combine flour, cereal, salt, baking powder and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.  Set aside.
  2. Combine egg and brown sugar.  Beat with fork until sugar is mostly dissolved.  Add milk and vanilla. Stir.
  3. Add melted margarine as you stir the liquid mixture.  Hint: Melt the margarine in the skillet you intend to use to cook the pancakes.
  4. Add dry ingredients and stir gently until blended.  Let stand 3-5 minutes.
  5. Ladle onto a preheated non-stick skillet or griddle.  Cook until lightly browned on each side, turning only once.
  6. Top with syrup, fruit spread or fresh fruit of your choice.  Applesauce is especially good.

Servings: 3 to 6 pancakes.

Remember, the choices you make determine the life you live

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Corn. Yeah, it really is that good.

Poor corn.  So faithful.  So forgotten.

For generations, corn has been a staple for whole civilizations of people.  Today, however, not many people toot its horn.  Let me change that for just a minute.

One of the most well-known benefits of corn is its huge fiber content.  It has so much fiber that it is really difficult to digest.  A single ear of corn (medium size, about 7″ long) has 3g of dietary fiber.  One cup of corn has 14.3% of the daily needs of fiber.  The insoluble fiber found in corn is great for working on (and preventing) digestive issues like constipation and hemorrhoids.

Anyone who has eaten corn knows how hard it is to digest and has experienced its benefits but did you know that corn also has the following benefits?

  • Corn is a good source of Vitamin C and manganese.  These are both well-know antioxidants that help protect many of the body’s systems and its cells.
  • More recently, corn’s phytonutrients have been documented to be good antioxidants and also to help reduce the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.
  • Some of the phytonutrients found in corn include beta-carotene and lutein, both of which help keep our eyes healthy.
  • Corn is a low-calorie food that still has enough fiber to actually makes you feel full.  One ear of corn has only 77 calories.
  • Corn is also a good source of folic acid.  The importance of folic acid (especially for pregnant women) was discussed in more detail in a previous post.
  • Surprisingly, there is a decent amount of protein found in corn, with a single ear having 3g.  The best part of the protein found in corn is that it is high quality with a great amino acid score of 83.
    • Let’s see if I can explain the amino acid score without putting anyone to sleep.
    • Protein is made up of amino acids.  The body breaks protein down into its amino acids in order to use them.  There are 9 essential amino acids, or amino acids that the body can’t produce on its own so we have to get them from our diet.
    • Amino acids can only be used by our bodies in specific proportions.  If you have 100% of 8 amino acids but only have 50% of the 9th, the body will only use 50% of each of the amino acids.  This is a simplification, I’m sure, but you get the point.
    • The amino acid score is a number (from 0 – 100) that tells you how proportionately balanced the amino acid in that food is.  By comparison, a sirloin, which is considered a great protein source, has an amino acid score of 94.
    • In other words, corn is a good source of good protein.
  • The high fiber and good protein quality in corn help regulate how quickly it passes through the digestive system.  This benefits blood sugar by regulating the uptake of sugar from the digestive tract into the blood stream.  This makes corn great for diabetics and anyone trying to control blood sugar.
  • Corn just tastes good.

There are many reasons corn is a great staple for our dinner tables.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of eating some delicious corn lately, look up your favorite recipe and have some tonight.

And, of course, with so many amazing health benefits, you know you can find corn in Dee’s Cereal.  You can read a little more about corn and the rest of the ingredients found in Dee’s Cereal on our nutrition page at http://deescereal.com/nutrition/.

Remember, the choices you make determine the life you live

Sources that weren’t knowledge gained from classes, past reading, and life experience: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=90http://home.howstuffworks.com/corn3.htmhttp://nutritiondata.self.com/

 

Follow your effort (by Mark Cuban)

I don’t have a set work schedule and a lot of what I do I have the great fortune of doing from home.  Any of you who are in the same boat know that those things can be a blessing and a curse.  Like right now, for example.  How fantastic is it that I have an adorable 2-year-old standing next to me asking, “Can I push that button?”.  Well, when you’re trying to be productive, its not so fantastic. Point made.  Thanks, Abram.

As I was sitting here thinking about some of the things I needed to get done today, I did the ultimate slacking-at-work thing and logged onto Facebook.  True, I’m supposed to keep up the Facebook account to stay in touch with customers but I didn’t really have a reason to go on there.  I just got tired of thinking about what I was supposed to do to actually be productive and logged on to see what everyone else was doing to be unproductive…just like me.

Ironically, I came across this blog post by Mark Cuban that one of my friends commented on: Don’t Follow Your Passion, Follow Your Effort.  Now, I’m not here to debate whether Mr Cuban is right about someone following their passion or not.  He’s the billionaire so I’ll let him have his say when it comes to business and work ethic even though, if you read the comments, not everyone agrees.

What struck me about the post was this:

“1. When you work hard at something you become good at it.

2. When you become good at doing something, you will enjoy it more.

3. When you enjoy doing something, there is a very good chance you will become passionate or more passionate about it

4. When you are good at something, passionate and work even harder to excel and be the best at it, good things happen.

Don’t follow your passions, follow your effort. It will lead you to your passions and to success, however you define it.”

Interesting how we seem to come across the things we need to hear even when we’re not being the most productive people we can be.  As Mr Cuban states elsewhere, our effort is really the only thing we can control.  Its so true in so many facets.  I have a lot of things I need to focus my efforts on more than I have been.

Where do you think you could improve your efforts?  How would that change impact your life?

Remember, the choices you make determine the life you live

Dee’s Banana Nut Muffins ARE GREAT!

It turns out Gaylene doesn’t just do a great job answering phones and taking care of customers around here.  She also has the incredible talent of being able to whip up delicious Dee’s Cereal recipes.
A while back we were looking for something we could use during the in-store demos we do at many of the locations that carry Dee’s Cereal and Gaylene came up with a couple of delectable muffin recipes.  Below is the recipe for my favorite, the banana nut muffin.  You can find this and other recipes on our website under the recipes tab.
You’ll notice Gaylene even put in different sweetener options (honey, sugar, agave, juice concentrate).  You can use any of these depending on your sweetener of choice.  The juice concentrate combination is especially good if you’re watching your sugar intake (such as if you’re baking for someone with diabetes).
This recipe will make 12 regular-size muffins or 48 mini muffins
  • 1 1/2 cups flour, whole wheat (White wheat works best for baking but may be harder to find.  Red wheat will make the muffins too dry.)
  • 3/4 cups Dee’s Cereal
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 egg whites, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey, OR 2/3 cup sugar, OR 1/2 cup agave, OR 1/4 cup frozen concentrate pineapple juice and 1/4 cup frozen concentrate apple juice
  • 1/2 cup applesauce unsweetened or, if unsweetened isn’t available, lightly sweetened is OK
  • 1/2 cup puréed white beans (purée the canned beans with their juice – consistency should be like thick paste)
  • 3/4 cup ripe bananas, mashed

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl combine flour, Dee’s Cereal, baking soda, baking powder, and if you are using sugar as the sweetener, add it to the flour mixture now.
  2. In a separate bowl combine egg whites, milk, olive oil, applesauce, puréed white beans, and, if you are using one of the other sweeteners add it to the wet mixture now.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients all at once.
  4. Stir just until moist, batter will be lumpy.
  5. Fold in nuts.
  6. Line muffin tin with paper baking cups or spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Fill 2/3 full.
  8. Bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes for regular-size muffins or 350 for 10 minutes for mini muffins.

Makes 12 regular muffins or 48 mini muffins.  Serve warm from the oven or make a double batch and freeze some for future use.  Enjoy!

I told you she was good!  These are some of my very favorite muffins.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.  And hopefully they help lead to healthier snacking and baking options for you and yours.

Remember, the choices you make determine the life you live

Discount for Facebook fans!

Dee’s Cereal Facebook fans get a 15% discount on all purchases from March 1 – 17.  Find us here or search for Dee’s Cereal on Facebook.  Like our page and then look for our status update dated Thursday, March 1 to find the promo code.

We also just finished up a drawing for free Dee’s Cereal that was only available to Facebook fans.  Just one more reason to like us on Facebook!

Remember, the choices you make determine the life you live