I soon discovered my favorite cookbook author, Bette Hagman, with her replacement flour blend of rice, potato starch and tapioca starch. And off I went, discovering recipe after recipe and yummy replacements for cookies, cakes, bread, and more.
My focus was on "replacements for taste and texture." While I always considered myself a "healthy" eater, I was never an "educated" eater. Heck - isn't it food that got me in the predicament I was in?-- which was a lifetime of less than great health, an inability to gain weight, and a loss of nearly 50% bone density. I thought Raisin Bran and whole wheat bread was good for me.
Well, once gluten free, the health improved and the weight gain started. The first 30 pounds were needed and celebrated. The last 20 pounds, while not horrible, are not so necessary. I started to realize that I needed to reduce the amount of baked goods I ate and increase the fruits and veggies (although I was already a good fruit and veggie eater.) It wasn't as though I engaged in a daily feast of never ending toast and cupcakes; I just never (ever, ever) had to watch how much I consumed, and I realized I needed to start digging a bit deeper into what my body needed.
So, I started seeking alternative flours. I wanted more nutrition and more fiber in my baking, but I didn't (and don't) want to give up taste and texture. I know - I ask for a lot! I was fortunate to have been diagnosed at a time when I had to learn how to bake from scratch (which really isn't so bad, by the way).
I started incorporating millet, sorghum, and almond flour into my baked goods --- but I had never heard of flour made from sunflower seeds (that balances protein, fiber and carbs)! Have you?
rich in vitamins and minerals.
But how does it taste?
I also noticed a slightly nutty aroma and worried that maybe the taste would be far different than what I was used to with my pancakes. After all, I also cook for my husband and I try to make things that "taste the same."
Not everything that tastes "the same" is created equal though (nutrition wise). I like knowing that when I eat these pancakes, I am actually eating something that is good for me. A good way to start the day is with something that balances fiber, protein and healthy carbs. This seems to fit the bill. (More about ingredients here). As someone who wants to continually work towards better health - I can definitely see myself incorporating Sunflour® into recipes I routinely use.
Think.Eat.Live sells flour as well as mixes. You can order directly from their website - or - if you are in the St. Louis area, you can find their products in any of the Schnucks stores.
Enjoy - and be healthy.
and Think.Eat.Live in this article from
Feast Magazine - Midwest.