Month: <span>May 2017</span>

Wild Rice

Wild Rice

What is wild rice? A type of grass from which edible grains can be harvested. How is wild rice different than brown rice? Yes. The two main advantages it has over brown rice are: Protein – contains more to help build and repair muscle tissues […]

Coconut Sugar

Coconut Sugar

What is coconut sugar? The crystallized sap from the flower of the coconut palm. It’s most similar in color and flavor to brown sugar. Why is coconut sugar better than white table sugar? The manufacturing process. White table sugar is heavily refined with chemicals added […]

Dates

Dates

What are dates?

The edible fruit of the date palm tree. The two most recognizable name types are: Medjool and Deglet noor.

How do I use dates?

They are amazing substitutions for refined sugar in recipes. I use them in all sorts of baking: cakes, pastries, cookies, bars, ice cream, etc. They are also great to sweeten oatmeal or smoothies.

What are the health benefits of dates?

Although they contain high amounts of sugar (80% of the fruit is sugar), dates also contain fiber. Fiber helps to slow the absorption of sugar, which slows the rate of blood sugar rise and are lower on the glycemic index. This means they won’t take our blood sugar for a wild ride; a high and then crash and burn effect, like refined sugar does.

What kind of dates should I buy?

A brand with the only ingredient being ‘dates’ with no added sweetener as coating. I typically buy pitted dates, meaning the pits (or seeds) of the dates are removed, since I mostly grind them up or make date paste to use as sweetener in different recipes. These are the ones I buy most often Sincerely Nuts Whole Pitted Dates- One Lb. Bag – Packed with Fiber & Minerals – Irresistibly Scrumptious – Guaranteed Freshness – Kosher Certified

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

What is maple syrup? Pure maple syrup is simply the sap that leaks out of maple trees. Maple syrup vs. generic pancake syrup This is a joke, right? First of all, generic pancake syrup is not real food. The first ingredient in it is usually […]

Raw Honey

Raw Honey

What is raw honey? Unheated honey. You can even go more natural and get unfiltered raw honey, which means that it can have particles of honeycomb, pollen or bee body parts in it. It’s typically a bit opaque in color. Why is raw honey better […]

Almond Flour

Almond Flour

What is almond flour?

Ground up almonds. There are two kinds: almond meal and almond flour.

What’s the difference between almond flour and almond meal?

Both are made by grinding almonds to a fine powder.

Almond meal =  coarser grind from almonds that still have their skin (you’ll see brown flecks)

Almond flour = finely ground from almonds with skins removed (blanched almonds)

Why is almond flour good for me?

If you’re looking for more healthy, monounsaturated fats in your diet and a lower carbohydrate substitute, almond flour can do the trick, plus it adds extra protein to your favorite meals and treats. It’s also great for those with celiac disease, gluten sensitivities or those who avoid gluten in their diets.

How do I use almond flour?

It can be substituted for some of the all-purpose flour in baking or other recipes.

What kind of almond flour should I buy?

I typically buy almond flour as it’s more versatile and won’t cause as much density in recipes. Always buy a brand that has the only ingredient being “Blanched Almonds”.

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Coconut Flour

Coconut Flour

What is coconut flour? It’s the ground up, dried, inner white flesh of the coconut. It has a coconut scent and is sweet in taste. Why choose coconut flour over almond or white whole wheat flour? Two main reasons: Gluten-free – those with celiac disease […]

Oat Flour

Oat Flour

What is oat flour? The ground up oat kernels from the whole grain oat. This means it includes the bran, germ and endosperm. What health benefits does oat flour have? Oats are a real powerhouse food if you’re looking to: Build lean muscle (high in […]

White Whole Wheat Flour

White Whole Wheat Flour

What is white whole wheat flour?

Exactly what it sounds like: the whole grain kernel of white wheat ground up into a fine powder. The term ‘whole grain’ means it contains the brans, germ and endosperm.

Is white whole wheat flour different than regular whole wheat flour?

Yes.

Whole wheat flour = red wheat berries

White wheat flour = white wheat berries

So why white whole wheat flour over whole wheat flour?

It is lower in gluten and less heavy than whole wheat flour, therefore it’s easier to bake with and acts more like refined all-purpose flour.

What are the health benefits of white whole wheat flour? 

For one, it’s going to help keep you “regular” because the bran of the whole grain contains lots of fiber and the germ is full of nutrients. The bran and germ are removed from all-purpose flour.

How is white whole wheat flour made?

White wheat berries are taken to the mill and stone ground into powder.

What kind of white whole wheat flour should I buy?

I always, always buy King Arthur Flour, Og, White Whl Wheat, NET WT 5 LBS (2.27 kg) because it’s a brand that has the only ingredient being ‘White Whole Wheat Flour’.

*Disclaimer

White whole wheat flour is NOT bleached whole wheat flour.