It’s blueberry season! Not only is it a great time to indulge in these sweet, tart little morsels, but it’s actually the only time that you should.
Why, you ask? Though we can get our hands on all kinds of fruit all year round, we really shouldn’t be eating them all year-round. It turns out that when fruits aren’t in-season, they’re full of lectins.
What Are Lectins?
Lectins are plant proteins that act as nature’s little bodyguards. They occur in only some vegetables and act as a toxin to prevent predators from returning again and again to eat the plant. However, we humans return again and again–even if we’re suffering. Lectin-sensitivity may show up as nausea, diarrhea, ongoing digestive or weight issues but we tend to disregard these symptoms and even grow accustomed to them.
Lectins tend to hang out in beans and legumes, grains, squash, nightshades, free-range meat, most milks and out-of-season fruit. You can learn more about foods rich in lectins via Dr. Gundry’s new food pyramid.
Award winning cardiologist, Dr. Steven Gundry of Gundry MD, is an expert in lectins and has dedicated his career to treating chronically ill and overweight patients and returning them back to optimal health. He’s seen the results first-hand and incorporated them into a successful diet, food pyramid, and book, known as The Plant Paradox, a book all about living a lectin-free lifestyle. He has also created a line of supplements–Lectin Shield specifically works to protect you from the damaging effects of lectins. (Purchase Lectin Shield here.)
Now, back to blueberries
Blueberries are lectin-free in the summer, so it’s important to take advantage of them while you can. Just because you’ve changed your eating habits doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the finer things in life – like pancakes! If you’re anything like me you love nothing more than waking up to Sunday pancake brunches.
Dr. Gundry’s blueberry pancake recipe is completely lectin-free, packed full of vitamins and minerals, and low in sugar. You can’t get more guilt-free than that! Plus, it utilizes blueberries which are one of nature’s lil’ superfoods.
- are in season from June – late July
- are jam-packed with fiber, vitamin c, vitamin k and manganese
- contain gallic acid, a powerful antifungal which may be effective in inhibiting breast cancer cells
- contain more polyphenol antioxidants than any other common fruit. Antioxidants fight free radical damage – ie. aging!
- have positive effects on the memory
- are great for your heart. In a recent clinical study, blueberries were able to help lower blood pressure
So … where’s that delicious pancake recipe?
Let’s get baking! Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 large omega-3 eggs
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 5 drops liquid stevia
- 4.5 oz coconut yogurt or goat’s milk yogurt
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup tapioca flour
- ¼ cup blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup fresh or frozen wild blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray an 8-inch pie pan with olive oil.
- Place all ingredients (except the blueberries) in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour batter into pan and sprinkle it evenly with blueberries.
- Bake until golden brown around the edges and firm in the center – about 25 minutes.
- When the pancake is cooked, remove from the oven and let it cool to room temperature before serving
*Pancake recipe should feed 2-4 people.
Related: Live a lectin free life with Lectin Shield.
One step at a time
Ever enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast only to spend the rest of the day feeling less than fantastic – bloated, gassy and fatigued?
The key to not feeling that way is by embracing these lectin-free ingredients. It may seem like a hassle to shop for new ingredients, but will ultimately make a huge difference in how you feel after those pancakes. Change can be hard at first as we must press the reset button on our ingrained habits. But isn’t it worth it when you can claim back higher energy levels and a healthier body?
Tell the family you’re taking control of breakfast this Sunday and feed them something that’s truly good for them.
Just don’t go overboard on that maple syrup – natural sugars are still sugar!