National Pancake Day, which was celebrated on Tuesday, is arguably one of the greatest food holidays. And former first daughter Chelsea Clinton agrees — although she may feel differently after the chaos that erupted on Twitter when she shared her healthified twist on pancakes on Monday.
What started as your standard look-at-the-healthy-meal-I-made-for-my-kid post quickly became the holiday's biggest controversy yet. The Twitterverse had some seriously strong feelings about letting a leafy green mingle with the classic breakfast staple. Clinton's post launched a heated debate over whether spinach pancakes were delicious or just plain gross.
Clinton's alternative recipe seems to have threatened the sanctity of flapjacks. And, to an extent, we get it. Syrup and spinach doesn't sound exactly, well, ideal.
But we've got a question: Have any of the haters tried the recipe? At this point, veggie alternatives to classic dishes are hardly a new and daring concept, especially when it comes to pancakes. In fact, a quick Pinterest search for "veggie pancakes" yields recipes for pancakes made with squash, carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, bananas and kale, and many other nontraditional veggie combinations — so a spinach pancake is far from blasphemous.
After explaining that she finds her recipe delicious because she likes both pancakes and spinach, Clinton clapped back at haters in prime don't-mess-with-mom fashion: Anything that helps her kiddos get more vitamins and minerals should not be questioned by Twitter trolls.
Meanwhile, her supporters think it's pure genius — especially the part where she got her youngdaughter, Charlotte, excited to eat more leafy greens. (Teach us your ways!)
Want to figure out which side of #PancakeGate you stand on? Clinton breaks down how you can try the now-controversial recipe at home.
It's actually crazy simple to whip up: First, she steams and purées spinach, then mixes it into regular pancake mix to create the delicious morning meal her daughter can't get enough of.
It wasn't long before the trolls dove into more political responses directed at the mother of two. But that's neither here nor there, because at the end of the day, everyone has a right to their own personal pancake preferences.
Poll time: What side of the green flapjack debate are you on?