Often, people assume that eating gluten-free equals eating healthy. It’s true that you usually cut down on processed and packaged foods, but it’s also true that you can still eat just as much sugar and fat and just as many empty calories as when you could eat whatever you wanted. Often, especially at the beginning of the gluten-free journey, it’s easy to eat anything that is safe, without regard to nutrition. Feelings of deprivation are common, so it’s easy to fill those gaps with special treats or sweets.
It’s especially important to pay attention to nutrition though, especially as you begin the journey toward healing. Healthy fats from olive oil, flaxseed oils and nuts, whole grains like brown rice and quinoa, and lots of fruits and veggies provide lots of nutrition to heal, while a lot of the white flours have been stripped of these important nutrients.
Gluten-Free baked treats are especially likely to come from processed flours which have little nutrition and no fiber. Sometimes this is OK, but for everyday meals, I’ve been searching for healthier whole food goodies.
Recently, I’ve begun to experiment with recipes that use almond flour, coconut flour, grapeseed oil, and agave nectar, using recipes from elanaspantry.com. She has recipes on her site, and a cookbook, which explains why she uses these ingredients to produce healthier, more nutritious, lower glycemic foods.
I made her Cranberry Walnut Muffins for Christmas morning, and they were wonderful. They were super simple to make, and they tasted healthy and whole while also being very yummy.
I made them as 12 muffins, instead of bread, and calculated the nutritional value per muffin, mostly for my neighbor friend who needs to know these specifics to serve them to her diabetic daughter. I think these recipes look very promising for her. 🙂 Each one has 16g. of carbs, 4 g. protein, 15 g. of fat, and 209 calories, plus lots of nutrition from cranberries, walnuts, grapeseed oil, and almond flour.
I’m loving these ingredients and looking forward to trying many more of Elana’s recipes.
And, it seems I will get to try these muffins again very soon, because my dog just got up on the counter and ate 8 of the 12 muffins.