Bake Your Own Bread With These Gluten Free Flours

 


 

Heart in bread.Over the summer I had been thinking about getting a bread maker and baking my own bread.  It wasn’t because I have to eat gluten free, but because I wanted to stay away from the soy and other chemicals found in store bought loaves.  Wheat grown in the U.S. is also largely genetically modified (GMO).  As a matter of fact in the last few weeks of its growth, conventionally grown GMO wheat is sprayed with the herbicide Roundup to make the many acres of the grain evenly ripe for harvesting.  Making my own bread from organic wheat, sans soy and other chemicals just sounded and tasted more appealing to me.

 

So, I began researching bread makers but didn’t really want to spend a lot of money on something that I wasn’t sure I would use very often.  Bread makers can run from less than a hundred dollars to over three hundred!

 

One day I stumbled into a yard sale and, would you believe it?  They had a bread maker!!  They were gracious enough to let me plug it in and run it for a while to make sure it would work (which it did) and I excitedly took my new toy home, complete with the instruction manual, for less than $25!  Score!

 

It takes me a while to incorporate new habits into my life and it took me some time to make my first loaf, but boy was I pleased.  Now I am in experimentation mode and am incorporating different types of flours and other ingredients into my recipes.  ( I found that adding potato flakes creates a smooth, dense texture and wonderful, full flavor.)

 

So, I thought I would pass along some information on different flours that are gluten free for those of you who would want to give making bread a try.

Christine Hunt

 


 

7 Great Gluten-Free Flours

 by Dr. Josh Axe

 

 Home baked bread

 

  1. Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is a great replacement to white and wheat flour. Coconut flour nutrition is high in fiber and healthy fats, so if you’re looking to go on a lower-carb diet, want to try a Paleo or vegan diet, or hope to lose weight fast, one of the best things you can do is start using coconut flour.

 

The health benefits are superb. For instance, coconut flour’s high levels of healthy saturated fats are used by the body easily for energy and help support a healthy metabolism, balanced blood sugar levels and more. Coconut flour also assists in creating a healthy blood sugar level, since it carries a low glycemic load and doesn’t spike blood sugar levels. In fact, studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition show that consuming products that contain coconut flour can help lower the overall glycemic impact of the food and support stable blood sugar levels.

Coconut flour

Coconut flour also helps with healthy digestion, has a high nutrient density and can aid in heart health, too. Studies show that coconut flour has the ability to help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and serum triglycerides in people who have raised cholesterol levels. Coconut flour has this positive effect because of its high supply of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber plus its healthy MUFA fat content.

 

Just like we know coconut oil has tremendous benefits, coconut flour is another great alternative you can use in baking. You can even use it to make waffles.

 

  1. Basic Gluten-Free Flour

You can also just buy general gluten-free flours. Basically, they use garbanzo bean flour, aka chickpea flour, along with sorghum flour and potato starch. Gluten-free flours actually have a great texture and work as an all-purpose baking flour. Typically, one cup of white flour or one cup of wheat flour is equivalent to one cup of most gluten-free flours. You can find gluten-free flours in almost any local grocery store.

 

  1. Sprouted Flour

Now, let’s talk a little bit about sprouted flour. This is a gluten-free, sprouted, yellow-corn flour. If you want to make homemade cornbread, this is the flour to use.

 

Sprouting is when you take a grain and soak it anywhere between, typically, 12 to 48 hours. That kills off the phytic acid in the flour. Phytic acid is what binds to minerals. If you buy whole-wheat bread today, you’ll notice that the package says, “contains riboflavin,” which is vitamin B2, and contains a few other vitamins. The truth is that when you consume this, you’re not absorbing those vitamins because they’re bound to phytic acid. Imagine you have all these vitamins and minerals that are all stuck together. You may consume this seemingly healthful mixture, but it just passes right through you.

Sprouted flour

However, when you sprout a grain, the process kills off that phytic acid. Now, all the minerals and vitamins are free so you can absorb and digest them. That’s why Ezekiel bread and other sprouted grain breads are better than regular breads.

 

If that’s not enough of reason to consider sprouted bread, please know that wheat also gives you a belly because it’s really hard to digest and can cause leaky gut symptoms and other inflammatory issues in your body.

 

  1. Spelt Flour

Spelt flour is another fantastic flour; it’s organic and vegan. Now, there’s some debate on whether or not spelt flours are gluten-free flours or not gluten-free. Either way, we know the sprouting process actually helps you digest. In fact, due in part to its fiber content, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, spelt flour bread is rapidly digestible, again touting its digestive benefits.

 

Not only does the dietary fiber present in spelt flour help with digestion, but it also helps the body lower cholesterol levels naturally. Fiber targets LDL (bad) cholesterol and eliminates it from the body in order to regulate the balance of fatty acids.

 

A 1999 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine evaluated the blood cholesterol-lowering effects of dietary fiber. After a 51-week treatment period, where participants were given a fiber supplement daily, there were clear, positive results.

 

  1. Oat Flour

Next is gluten-free, sprouted oat flour. Many people wonder, “Are oats gluten-free?” If you purchase natural oats, they can definitely be gluten-free. The other night, I actually made homemade chocolate chip raisin oatmeal.  This flour is even better than regular oats in terms of digestibility — the nutrients, including all the vitamins and minerals, you find in oats are easier to digest in gluten-free oat flour.

 Oat flour

  1. Rice Flour

The next flour here is brown rice flour, another gluten-free flour. Rice flour, we know, tends to be non-allergenic for a lot of people, and most people digest it well. Even though I do like the sprouted flours more, brown rice flour is fine as well. And if you’re loathe to give up pasta, brown rice pasta are probably represent the best simulation of pasta.

 

  1. Almond Flour

Last, but not least, is finely ground almond meal flour. Nutritious almonds are packed with L-arginine, magnesium, copper, manganese, calcium and potassium. Studies published in Nutrition Reviews show almonds have a consistent “bad” LDL cholesterol-lowering effect, especially in individuals with high cholesterol and diabetes.

bread_Almond-flour

Almonds are also a high-fiber food and contain certain types of healthy fats, and they’re also good for baking. Almond flour is great for making cookies, cakes and other baked goods. It’s also useful in different meals or even coating for things like chicken tenders.

 

I think you’re going to see that going gluten-free is actually easier than you think. Plus, you’re going to reap major health benefits from doing, so try these gluten-free flours to start.

 

 

 

Source:  Gluten free flours

 

To your health!

 


 

Have you considered baking your own bread?

If you do bake your own, what bread maker do you have?

Please share your questions and comments below.

 


 

 Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

The Silver Bullet to Losing Weight


 

by Christine Hunt

 

Silver Bullet

 

When you try to lose weight…

 

Do diets work?  Well, sometimes.

How about willpower?  Not usually.

Vigorous exercise is the answer right?  Not always.

 

So what is left?  If diet, exercise and willpower aren’t the magic bullets to successfully lose and keep off weight what else can you do?

 

You need to think outside of the box.  That will lead you into your head and your heart where your thoughts, emotions and beliefs reside, which control your every day actions and decisions around food choices.  And if the thoughts, emotions and beliefs you have determine your food choices, then the tool to use to shift those choices is EFT.

 

Many thousands of people worldwide have benefited from Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to obtain long lasting relief from many health, weight, relationship, addiction and financial concerns – even food cravings!

 

EFT tappingAlso known as ‘psychological acupuncture or tapping’, the technique stimulates pressure points on the body with your fingertips (no needles) while the person concentrates on particular thoughts. “Psychological acupuncture can help override our emotional and physiological responses to different stimuli, including food,” Psychologist Dr Stapleton has said.

 

Pioneering the world´s first clinical trial of EFT for food cravings, Dr Stapleton and Ms Sheldon found that 6 months after an 8 hour treatment program ended, participants´ cravings for the food they targeted remained significantly low and furthermore the power of food over them  had decreased and their restraint increased. These benefits were maintained at 12 months with an added improvement in BMI (Body Mass Index). It was concluded that his technique may be beneficial for people whose food cravings contribute to their weight problems.

 

EFT pointsThere’s also something very gentle and generous about the practice.  Tapping works a little like acupressure, but you talk about life experiences while tapping a sequence of eight points on your face and torso that correspond to the endpoints of your body’s energy meridians.

 

It’s said to work by consciously disconnecting the uncomfortable feeling attached to an issue that’s become trapped in a meridian. So, if you’re scared of exams. You hold that fear in your stomach, which disrupts the meridian. By tapping the gut meridian you sort of neutralize the fear. If it sounds too easy or good to be true, most EFT literature states you don’t have to believe in it for it to work. It will still work.

 


It works particularly well with food addictions
. Earlier this year Griffith University researchers found EFT reduced cravings in chronic bingers by 89 per cent, and that the effects of the treatment lasted 12 months.

Food addictions

Why does EFT work?  Because you are tuning into how you are feeling which makes you aware of your habits and what they are about.  It also gets you to accept those feelings.  And when that happens the feelings just go away.  They don’t exist for you anymore as they relate to that thought, feeling or belief.

 

Users of EFT say it is miraculous, transformational, like magic and once you try it you’ll come up with your own description of how it has worked for you.

 

So, if you haven’t been able to control your weight effectively;

If you can’t curb your cravings;

If you are tired of the diet/exercise routine;

If you are searching for the one thing that will be the answer to your weight and body image dreams;

Contact me, Christine Hunt, Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner, and give EFT a try.

 

What do you have to lose?  A few (or a whole lot of) pounds.

 

Yes

 

 

Source: EFT and Study

 

To your health!

 


 

What do you think about EFT and how it might help you resolve your weight problems for good? 

Please share your questions and comments below.

 


 

 Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

 

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