Healing Foods for Digestive Health- Princess and the Pea Pancakes


Dear Readers,

Another Brilliant Day of Learning and Exploring by ION. Healing Foods Series is back: and on Saturday 11th October, the workshop focused on Healing Foods for Digestive Health

This course was run by Belinda Blake and gave participants a chance to learn and taste the foods traditionally used for supporting digestive health.

Refeeding and Eating should all be about ease, comfort and supporting your well-being,

Refeeding and Eating should all be about ease, comfort and supporting your well-being,

Eating disorders affect digestion health. A deficiency in digestive enzymes will lead to the bodies inability to properly digest food and absorb nutrients. This can lead to malabsorption problems, malnutrition and electrolyte imbalances. Diseases that may be triggered by a history of an eating disorder include: Celiac Disease (gluten sensitivity), and Crohn’s Disease Healing the body after suffering from an eating disorder is a process that takes care and time. There are very few Eating Disorder Centres (and especially at NHS) that deal with Digestive health issues or use specific foods that can aid in easing digestive-health related problems. I don’t ever remember my dietitian telling me about the role of acids, enzymes and choleretic foods for a good digestive health or about the role of probiotic, fermented foods & the gut ecology. I had to conduct my own reserach and had to incorporate some Prebiotics and some fibre in my diet at home. This workshop covered all aspects of good digestive health and it should form an integral part of Eating Disorder Recovery programm at the centres.

Please find below a fabulous recipe from the workshop to suport your health and gut integrity.

Princess and the Pea Pancakes

Makes 10-12

good source of protein & fibre


225g frozen peas (defrosted)

1 egg

1 egg yolk

3tbp plain flour (gluten-free flour also works well)

3tbs yoghurt (use soya yoghurt if avoiding dairy)

A little black pepper and sea salt



Place the peas, egg, egg yolk, flour and yoghurt into a food processor or liquidizer and whizz until smooth.

Gently heat a frying pan (you can add oil or coconut butter, but these ‘dry-fry’ very well).

Drop dessertspoons of the mixture into the frying pan, leaving space between them to spread out slightly. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, until golden brown, then turn over and cook on the other side for the same time.


These are good served warm with a fresh tomato sauce and grated cheese. Serve three pancakes one on top of another with a whole pea hidden under the bottom one, just like the mattresses in the fairy story.

 © Belinda Blake, Caterpillar’s Kitchen 2014


Belinda Blake DipION, NTC, CNHC registered, mBANT- Belinda is an experienced nutritional therapist and lecturer with a passion for food and a creative approach to teaching. She has long been fascinated by the traditions behind the use of foods for healing and so her workshops not only embrace the science that helps us to understand their properties, but also their rich anecdotal histories.

Belinda has a special interest in women and children’s health and is a trustee of Endometriosis SHE Trust. Along with her colleague, Nicola Moore, Belinda has developed the Eat Yourself Fabulous teen programme which has been designed to help teenage girls make the connection between what they eat and how they feel. For younger children, Belinda runs the Caterpillar’s Kitchen Cooking Clubs which teach nutrition in a relaxed and friendly environment, gently motivating children to try new foods and develop their cooking skills whilst having fun.

 To Contact Belinda Blake:   020 8941 9259





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