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laudesan
03-10-2013, 04:00 AM
LIGHT WHITE BREAD

Ingredients;
2 ½ cups almond flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
3 eggs separated
1 cup of unflavoured yoghurt. (I use my own homemade)
1 tablespoon honey

Method;
Preheat oven to 150c/300f
Line a 4’x8’ loaf tin

In a large bowl, mix almond flour, baking soda, and salt.
In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks and yoghurt, and honey until light and fluffy.
In another bowl, beat eggwhites until stiff.
Combine the eggs yolk mixture with the almond flour mixture until smooth.
Add the stiff egg whites and gently blend.
Pour the mixture into prepared loaf tin, and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the top feels spongy.
Let cool before slicing.
Refrigerate in an airtight container.
NB; this bread is too soft for the toaster, but toasts up well under a grill, or in a toaster oven.

CINNAMON AND RAISIN LOAF (my favourite)

Preheat oven to 150C - 300F
Line a 10x24cm (4x8 inch) loaf tin with parchment paper

Ingredients;
350g (3-1/2 cups) almond flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
250g (1 cup) yoghurt
225g (3/4 cup) raw honey
100g (1/2 cup) raisins
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon raw honey

Method;
1. Combine almond flour, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
2. In another bowl whisk the eggs, with the yoghurt and honey.
3. Pour into the almond flour mixture and add raisins. 4. Mix well until all combined.
5. In a small bowl mix the cinnamon and tablespoon of honey. Stir until well combined. Mixture is rather stiff.
6. Pour the dough mixture into the prepared loaf tin.
7. With a flat butter knife, fold the cinnamon mixture into the dough in big swirls.

Bake for 1 - 1/2 hours, or until loaf feels spongy in the centre.

Remove from oven and stand in dish for 10 minutes before removing.

Place on cake rack, after removing parchment paper.

When cool, store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

PUMPKIN and ALMOND BREAD

Ingredients;
4 cups almond flour/meal
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 eggs
¼ cup butter softened
1 cup fresh pumpkin, cooked and mashed
½ cup walnuts – chopped
1 tablespoon orange rind grated
½ teaspoon ground ginger

Method;
Preheat oven 150c/300f
Line a 4’x8’ loaf tin with baking paper

Combine almond flour with baking soda and salt.
In another bowl whisk the eggs with the butter, and add the pumpkin, walnuts, orange rind, and ginger.
Combine almond flour and the egg mixture until smooth.
Pour dough into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 1 hour, until the top of the loaf feels firm.
Remove from oven and cool completely.
Store in refrigerator.

These are my favourites, along with this muffin recipe.

BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
Ingredients: (makes 6 large muffins)

Preheat the oven to 190C (375F)

2 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
1/4 cup natural yogurt
1/2 cup honey (to taste, I use less because I don't like it too sweet)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon of salt
3 eggs

Method

1. Grease muffin tins with stick of butter.

2. Place the almond meal in a bowl.

3. Mix in the eggs and honey stirring thoroughly.

4. Add the yogurt, baking soda and salt to bring to a muffin batter consistency. (Can mix by hand or with a blender)

5. Stir in the frozen blueberries until they are coated with the batter.

6. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins filling it to the top.

7. Bake at 190 C (375 F) for about 15-20 minutes or until muffins spring back when pressed.

8. Let cool before taking out of muffin tin. Store in an airtight container to enjoy for breakfast or a snack for 2-3 days.

There are some more bread recipes here (http://www.scdiet.org/2recipes/bread01.html)

Enjoy

MaMuffin
03-10-2013, 01:08 PM
Those sound delicious!

However i have never heard of almond flour or meal.

M.L. Schaefer
03-10-2013, 01:33 PM
JJ, THANK YOU!

The only organic flours my store carries is Spelt, Whole Wheat, and the like. I had decided to use Almond Flour in place of "regular" flour, but haven't been able to find any, yet! (Time for an internet net search). AND, sugar free!

Your own yoghurt! Right now, I'm trying to find store-bought organic yoghurt without the SUGAR...I need the calcium, the protein, and they are so good...and the organic is better than national brands. BUT, even the brand I've been buying, has at least 17 gms organic sugar. (I think its the Blueberry/Pomegrante topping, it is delicious but very sweet.)

Sugar: (4 gms = 1 TEASPOON!!!) 17 gms is a lot of sugar for someone who might eat 1 teaspoon a day, period. Since I don't buy processed food (except for the yoghurt) that one teaspoon really is it. So, if I eat a cup of yoghurt, with 4 teaspoons sugar in it, I end up feeling totally awful awful awful!

JJ, you are not only a mind reader but a blessing!

:heart: Margarete

GramPat
03-10-2013, 03:33 PM
As a diabetic on insulin, I know about counting grams of carbohydrates. I have been making my own yogurt for a couple of years. That way I know exactly what is in it. You have to remember that milk has natural sugars (carbohydrates) in it. My diabetic educator says it is the total carbs that count and don't break it down any further. I love Greek yogurt, but don't want to pay the price. To make Greek yogurt all you have to do is put a paper towel in a strainer and let the yogurt in the strainer for a couple of hours to drain. Then I put it in a container and use a whisk to make it smooth. I can then save some for my next batch and can flavor the rest of my yogurt with sweetner or fruit or put it recipes. Don't want to step on toes,, but a common mistake that is made is to count carbs and the sugars as well. It is just the total carbs you count. Just remember that milk has its own natural sugars. ( then the manufacturers add other sugars to the yogurt)

Organic sugar is still sugar.

Making you own yogurt isn't hard or time consuming and my friends have said my yogurt is better than the store bought,

JJ, thanks for the recipes. Margarete, you might be able to ask your store to special order almond flour for you. Usually, if they can order it with the rest of their order you may not have to pay for shipping.

Pat

M.L. Schaefer
03-10-2013, 07:55 PM
That is a wealth of knowledge! Thank you so much!

Yep, organic sugar is still sugar! I do get my natural sugars from fresh fruit and dried fruit (raisins, yummm) and vegetables and honey (I love it in tea, first the honey, than the fresh orange juice, and then the hot tea...gives me an all-over warm and fuzzy feeling!) Luckily, I'm not diabetic, but I do have other health issues. I looked it up once, and "my" diet that I worked out is the same as a diabetic diet or heart healthy diet :clap: ! Except, I don't have to count the carbs, etc. Sugar is really awful for everyone, and many of us eat too much of it. Either by the teaspoonful or in processed foods.

Dummie me, I NEVER thought of asking for the Almond Flour! I will do that next visit to the store, thank you for the hint! I can't wait to taste JJ's recipes!

Margarete

GramPat
03-10-2013, 08:20 PM
Margarete, I hope that I didn't overwhelm you too much. I sometimes get a bit wordy. When I read your post I felt you might be limiting things that are really good for you. JJ's recipes look good and I would like to try the blueberry muffins andthe pumpkin. Just have to watch the carbs.

Pat

laudesan
03-10-2013, 08:42 PM
Yoghurt; Let it process for 24 hours, and there should be no carbohydrates left.

Homemade yoghurt is really easy to make. You need milk, (I use goats milk) yoghurt starter, a big saucepan, and a milk thermometer.

Pour 2 litres of milk into a saucepan
Heat milk slowly over a low flame until it is 82c/180f - DO NOT BOIL
Allow to cool to 43c/110f
Place 1-2 metric teaspoons of yoghurt starter into an ovenproof container, and add 2 tablespoons of lukewarm milk, and make a smooth paste.
Add this paste to the remainder of the milk and stir gently, blending well.

Place yoghurt into yoghurt maker container/s. (I have two electric yoghurt makes, one has a one litre tub, the other has individual containers.) Turn on machine and let process for 24 hours.
IF, you don't have a yoghurt maker, don't despair, place your container of yoghurt onto a heating pad, turned on low, or an electric blanket in a bed. Cover well with plenty of warm blankets, and let process for 24 hours.

To make greek yoghurt cheese;
I use the i litre container of yoghurt, pour into a cotton cloth lined sieve standing over a large container. I put the lid on and store in a corner somewhere for 24 hours or so. I check to see how much whey has dripped out, and if the "cheese" is still not real firm, I let it drip longer. I have dripped up to 2 days. The whey is fabulous used in baking instead of milk, and soooooooo healthy, the "cheese' is delicious used as a spread, or in my case as a condiment for my meals..

I make my own almond flour. I buy organic almonds from Flannery's and process them myself in my food processor. I find it is less expensive..

:wave:

M.L. Schaefer
03-10-2013, 11:59 PM
MaMuffin, Hi. I was surprised when I first heard of ALL the types of flour we can buy, most especially the Almond Flour! I'm thinking it must taste heavenly...maybe add some cherries to the deserts? Makes my mouth water!

Pat, Hi! Nope, you didn't overwhelm me. I like to hear what other's think, and you definitely gave me much to think about in turn! After finding out the truth about processed foods, the difference between organic and what one can buy on the regular grocery shelves, well, it is so sad! But so necessary how we need to care for ourselves, and our families!

JJ, thank you so much. I'd never thought about making it myself. Should I toast the Almonds first? Definitely peel them?

I'll search for a yoghurt maker on eBay...until then, I will buy some organic yoghurt and toss the lovely BlueBerry/Pomegrante syrup! I can think of all kinds of uses for the Yoghurt Cheese, too.

JJ, thank you for posting this, ....Its been so long since I've baked anything (years). I used to make my own "healthy" coffee cake, but with regular processed flour, but no sugar...apples, raisins, strawberries, some applesauce...just loaded with fruit. But even that became too sweet for me (sugar jitters without the "sugar!" Of course, then I found out that the sliced frozen strawberries are loaded with sugar. Now I buy the whole berries! And bought applesauce has a wee bit (read that as a lot) of sugar in it, as well!) I I loved all the fruit because it gave flavor and body to the cake. I think your recipes will do all that! I can add some different things, as well. Sliced apples (the real stuff) may just be good too!

I loved to bake, and it will be so nice to be able to bake again. Alas, my fantastic sugar cookies are a thing of the past!)

The bread recipe....can you imagine how much money I can save, PLUS knowing exactly what is going into the bread.... absolutely priceless!

Margarete

laudesan
03-11-2013, 02:45 AM
JJ, thank you so much. I'd never thought about making it myself. Should I toast the Almonds first? Definitely peel them? No don't toast or peel them, just blend them as is. How long you blend them depends on how fine you want them. I don't go too fine, I prefer them a tiny bit coarser than bought almond flour.

I am glad you are excited about baking again. I don't bake often, because I don't really have a sweet tooth, I prefer to snack on seasonal fruit. I am not diabetic, I have Ulcerative Colitis. I also have chronic osteo arthritis. I cope very well using Elaine Gotchall's eating plan. (http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/home/)

The is even evidence, that this eating plan helps suffers of Autism - Look Here. (http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/p/scd-autism/) It is not a fad diet, but a way of life. If one follows her eating plan closely, one can and does feel a lot better in themselves. I no longer take medication for UC, I rely solely on what goes into my mouth. I enjoy these foods, they are natural and ever so healthy. I don't miss sugar, in fact, when I read that sugar feeds arthritis, I stopped all artificial sugar, and honey for about 12 months. Boy did it make a difference. I slowly introduced honey back into my diet. I eat it sparingly.

I found many awesome recipes in the book Healing Foods. (http://thehealingfoodscookbook.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/coconut-lemon-cupcakes.html) Scroll down the the bottom of the page for more recipes.

I love using my yoghurt cheese as a substitute for cream cheese and sour cream. I absolutely love it in hot soups.. on my cooked vegetables, especially pumpkin and broccolini.

CharM
03-11-2013, 08:43 AM
This is a nice thread, JJ. As you know, other flours are available for baking gluten-free.

Coconut flour is also an interesting choice to bake with. This Site (http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/) has a wealth of information and recipes.

If you are lactose intolerant, don't buy soy milk. It's a GMO crop and next best thing to being toxic! You can make almond milk (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Almond-Milk) and then use the leftover meal to make your almond flour.

My guys like to have a couple of cookies as snacks and I've been experimenting with flourless recipes. That's right. NO flour at all. I've found a handful of recipes that are really good and you'd never know that no flour at all was used! They ARE sweet, but they're cookies after all.

If you don't need to be gluten-free, 100% organic flour is an option because it is not genetically engineered. Here in Canada, we can buy Red Fife whole wheat flour that is (by law) a living archive. Spelt flour is also not engineered.

When buying baking powder, be sure to buy 100% Organic because the regular brand contains cornstarch and aluminum. Corn is a crop that's 98% genetically modified. So never use corn oil. Don't use canola oil, either for the same reasons.

I make our yogurt and do not use any special equipment or starters. If you Click Here (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Yogurt), the process is quite similar...

I also make my own yogurt cheese because I prefer it to cream cheese. I set a large unbleached coffee filter in a sieve, which I then set over a bowl. I pour my yogurt into that and allow the whey to drain into the bowl. It can be left on the counter for a few hours if you just want Greek Yogurt, or placed in the fridge overnight for cheese. I save the whey for bread making.

laudesan
03-11-2013, 09:45 AM
Thank you Char, what great advice.
I hadn't thought to make almond milk, but then I don't really use milk. Almonds are sooooooo good for you, in moderation. They are a heart healthy food. Too many causes weight gain. I found out how many are too many. I had to quit eating them by the handfuls :D

For folks with bowel/gut complaints, it isn't just Gluten Free flours we should be aware of. Digestion is the secret to good health, we are what we eat. Some of us, are not able to absorb the nutrients in foods like the majority of people do. This causes gut problems, and health problems. If the gut doesn't absorb the nutrients the cells don't get the correct amount of nutrients, and break down. This in turn affects the immune system

Corn flour/starch is a no-no, as is starch of any kind. It is used as a flour substitute in so many GF foods, and the makers of GF foods, just don't realise, or don't want to know, eh. Coconut flour is ok, in moderation. Rice flour is out, it is starch. Fats and sugars are bad for intestinal problems too. These foods cause inflammation of the gut, and bowel, which in turn causes disease of the bowel.

I couldn't eat your yoghurt, because you add sugar. Sugar also inflames the gut, which is why it is a no-no for people with gut/bowel troubles. So does fat. Celiac Disease, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, these sufferers should stay well away from Grain, Starch, Sugar, any foods that cause wind, some nuts, and hard cheeses. Milk powder is a no-no, as is yoghurt, that hasn't been "processed" for 24 hours. This kills the sugar/lactose.

It is interesting to read, that Celiac disease is not a new complaint. It was noted as a disorder as far back as the Roman Empire.

It is interesting also, to read that roughly 1.4 million people in USA suffer with a bowel/gut condition. 2.5 million in Europe, 30,000 Australians. New Zealand has a high incidence as well. Asia-Pacific in general have low incidences. Maybe, because they go undiagnosed, according to the article I was reading.

It is a frightening thing.

Through my following Elaine Gotschall's eating plan, I no longer take medication for my problem. To me that is a big thing, because I was on really high doses of steroidal drugs for 6 years. My Local Dr and my Gastro Specialist said I shouldn't stop, I would have big problems again, but in 12 months, I am fine. We are what we eat.

I notice it big time, when I "slip" and eat something I know is a no-no. I do sometimes, not often, as it leaves me really washed out an exhausted..

I eat well, actually. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, no preservatives, nothing artificial, no added sugars, no fats, no starch. That is a good way to eat, I think. It is only habit after all, what we eat.

I wonder, that a diabetic diet, and Elaine Gotscall's (http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/) eating plan are very similar?

WthrLady
03-11-2013, 11:27 AM
Where'd my post go?!

CharM
03-11-2013, 12:07 PM
I couldn't eat your yoghurt, because you add sugar.No I don't... If someone wants to add fruit, honey or vanilla, etc. they can do that after the fact.

Frankly, gluten intolerance is a symptom of a much large issue. There really aren't that many people suffering from celiac disease. They are suffering from inflammation and the inability to properly digest their food though. Look to all those genetically modified ingredients that are prevalent in the North American diet. Add to that, the pesticides and herbicides that are absorbed by our food and the whole thing is a toxic mess.

Our bodies do not "recognize" these ingredients and tend to store them as fat, working hard to do something with them... hence the increase in inflammation of joints, etc. Many of the toxins we're ingesting are estrogen based, causing all kinds of related ills...

Our European neighbours are faring much better because they've virtually outlawed GMO... I think you'll find that your numbers don't quite reflect what's happening, JJ... North Americans are now 55% obese and their life expectancy is going down... :(

We're really lucky because our local grocery store carries a huge selection of 100% organic products. By law, they cannot contain GMO ingredients. And, our garden keeps getting bigger and bigger. Last summer we harvested peaches from our trees for the first time... I'd actually forgotten how sinfully delicious fresh fruit, naturally ripened, was!

laudesan
03-11-2013, 07:37 PM
Coles and Big W carry organic foods, but nowhere do they say they are not GMO. Flannery's and Wrays do carry organic non GMO pesticide free foods, but, by the time they get them to the stores, they are old, and unless you use them the day you buy them, they are unusable. Oh and much dearer of course.

The Farmers Markets here are big, but they are not organic.

CharM
03-11-2013, 08:13 PM
In Canada, as long as the product labels read 100% organic, GMO ingredients will never be present. GMO labelling is a zillion years away, I think... Although, we bought Organic mayonnaise from the grocery store the last time we shopped and it was labelled as Non GMO. We are really fortunate to be able to buy fresh organic fruit and vegetables.

I've begun writing to Grocers, Distributors and Nurseries (for non GMO bedding plants and heritage seeds)... the response has been encouraging because I believe that more and more people want to feed *real food* to their families. One voice at a time, we really CAN make a difference!

laudesan
03-11-2013, 08:28 PM
You are right Char, I thought afterwards, that maybe I should go back and modify my statement. :)

Heritage seeds are fast disappearing. It is criminal!

We have The Diggers Club (http://www.diggers.com.au/) do you have something like that in Canada?

Mayberry
03-12-2013, 01:19 AM
My mother made her own yogurt for several years, just in a jar she would keep in the laundry room to develop (southern California - pretty warm). Now she buys plain organic yogurt. She's also totally gluten free. She used to have mild arthritis when she was in her 50s-60s, but when she changed her diet - made it even stricter than it already was - the arthritis went away. She's 90 now and gets around really well, living mostly on brown rice, plain yogurt, plain turkey breast and plain boiled seasonal fresh vegetables.

For some reason, I don't do well with more than a tiny amount of yogurt, for only a couple days at a time or I start getting a stomach ache. I hear about how healthy it is, so I buy a small container of plain yogurt (nothing added), and can't finish it.

I don't bake much, partly because my mother rarely baked, and she was always against eating flour and sugar. I eat plenty of almonds though. I might give almond meal a try. I'd like to use a recipe without eggs though. I don't do well with more than a trace amount of egg in a dish. I sometimes wish I could just live on almonds.

laudesan
03-12-2013, 02:02 AM
Frankly, gluten intolerance is a symptom of a much large issue. There really aren't that many people suffering from celiac disease. They are suffering from inflammation and the inability to properly digest their food though. Whatever you call it, it is a serious inflammatory digestive/bowel disease, of some sort, and the average diet of western peoples only aggravates the problem. It leads to a compromised immune system too. Most people don't even know they have any kind of intolerance.

They know sometimes they feel bloated, have gripe like pains in their belly, after eating, suffer from either diarrhea or constipation, (bowel disease is not fussy) and feel terribly sluggish, and unwell. Headaches are common. Black circles under the eyes is more commonly bad absorption of food, and gut inflammation. The tiredness, and not knowing why, the feeling of feeling too full, overeating, are all symptoms of a digestive/bowel disorder. What they don't know, is that so many of the foods they eat are causing inflammation of the lower gut/bowel. IBD - Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Making it worse than it needs to be.

We really don't need to feel this way, or have such a severity of the disorder..

When my gastro specialist told me to stop eating bread, he changed my life, and I lost a heap of weight! :-D The yeast in the bread is bad, by the way, it feeds the gastro yeast, (there is a name for it) increasing the severity of the inflammation. A google search of baker's yeast and bowel disease, comes up with some interesting reading. Bread flours are not the only thing that causes problems though.

My specialist couldn't tell me what specifically, I should eliminate from my diet, he said it was trial and error. So I researched everything and anything relating to foods and bowel disease. There wasn't that much online 7 years ago, but I did discover the term Gluten, and Gluten Free. I found that GF breads were made from corn. This is not at all good for folks with digestive problems, corn is indigestible. GF bread is dreadful stuff anyway. I never liked it. :-)

I did discover that foods which cause gas/wind were undesirable, so I did an elimination to see which foods affected me the most. Besides cruciferous vegetables (http://www.buzzle.com/articles/cruciferous-vegetables-list.html), which come from the mustard family, processed foods was high on the list, sugar, which eliminated a whole lot of foods, and seriously, Virginia telling me about the Book Breaking the vicious Cycle (http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/p/beginners-guide/), in the wash a year or so ago, really did change my life, for the better.

I had eliminated a lot of stuff out of my diet by trial and error. Red meat, (I do eat a little red meat from time to time, now, lots of chicken and fish) grain, sugar, because I knew already that sugar feeds arthritis, and really does make the pain worse. I actually tried it, to see if it were true. It was in my case. I eliminated all sugar from my diet for 6 months, then I added it to my cooked apples, and within 24 hours my arthritic pain had increased. I also felt terribly sluggish, and overall decidedly awful! Fat! I don't like fat anyway, and would cut it from my meat, but I became aware of meat marbling, which is a lot of fat in the meat, and upon researching fats, came up with a lot of foods that had hidden fats.

I hate the feeling that I am still waking up, and have that awful feeling linger throughout the day, when I eat foods I know are not agreeable. It is such a waste of my time, and I always feel down, because I know I could have done something productive, if I wasn't feeling that way. Plus i need to stay indoors, because of a belly ache. I have one weakness, that is really good flakey/puff pastry. I can eat it very occasionally, but if I eat it 2 days in a row, I am cactus. :-D Thank goodness, I don't get the urge often eh? But, that urge does remind me.....

I hate the word "diet", and in this case I feel it is more of an eating plan, a way of life, rather than an actual diet, because, what works for some doesn't for others. Onions, for example, are a food one can eat on Elaine's "diet" but I can't eat them. I can eat garlic, and have discovered last winter I can now eat leaks boiled well into a soup. Only the white part though. I can eat baby broccoli heads too now, if they are well cooked. (I miss eating just cooked vegetables)

There are foods I miss, savoury pastries, rice, porridge/muesli, oh and the jam and cream donuts we get here, but the foods I can and do eat, far outweighs these.

The intro diet (http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/p/the-intro-diet/) might seem harsh to some people, but, I stuck to it, It was only for one week, and eliminated all the nasties out of my system, and then started introducing more foods for the Legal List. The first thing I did do, was find out all the foods that have starch in them, and was really amazed at some of them, I had no clue. Like Quinoa.

After reading through the book and website, (I often go back to the website, and I printed out the Legal/Illegal list (http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/legal/listing/)) I found it really did make sense. (I keep mentioning Elaine's Gottschall's Book, because it is the only one I have found, that seriously addresses the issues of Bowel Disease, and she went to a lot of trouble to research her book. She put herself through degrees, and the reason she did? Her daughter has/had Ulcerative Colitis, and the Dr's wanted to do a colostomy on her at a very young age, her research avoided that.)

I have struggled since 2006, and I can honestly say, that I never want to go back to the way I felt in those early years. Not only the feeling of being unwell, really unwell, and not really knowing why, and the depression that goes with it, especially for a normally active person like me.

It is habit, though, eh? What we eat. It is so easy to go get a convenience food, instead of preparing a meal, I am sure we have all done it at some time. It doesn't take long to make a new habit, especially when one feels so good..

Not everyone has problems with their digestion/gut/bowel, but the ones of us who do, food is the key. Even if we don't have problems, eating fresh, and the right kinds of foods can give us far more productive lives..

I hope my ramblings can help even one person, it makes it worthwhile then, for me to share my thoughts..

You see, it isn't just what kind of flour we eat, it is a whole lot more. Coconut flour is on the list as good, I will have to try some, thanks Char for mentioning it...

Oh, and something I learned. No matter what you eat, if you eat a piece of raw fruit before eating your meal, on an empty stomach, it is very good for you. Fruit breaks down quicker than any other food, and when eaten before a meal, it starts the digestive juices going, so the foods you eat in your meal are broken down along with it quicker, and aren't left to ferment in your gut, causing problems like inflammation.. Without fruit before your meal, will cause digestive problems, bloating, inflammation, and the like. I will eat a peach, or an apple. Green apples are my favourite, they are the healthiest. (can't remember where I read that though)

I would love to hear your thoughts guys.. :-)

laudesan
03-12-2013, 02:28 AM
Cathy, this is an excerpt from Breaking The Vicious Cycle.

Yoghurt - Why SCD Yoghurt is so important

The SCD™ corrects the balance of bacteria types in the gut by eliminating the food supply of the undesirable types and so starves them out.

Introducing SCD™ yoghurt aids this process as it repopulates the gut with beneficial bacteria which further displaces the harmful bacterial.

SCD™ yoghurt is also very nutritious and contains proteins vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fats, and much more! As the yogurt bacterial culture breaks down the lactose into simpler forms, we will absorb the simpler carbohydrate molecules instead of their feeding overgrowth of bacteria in the lower intestine.

Its is often claimed that we can get more good bacteria from taking commercial probiotics. This is not the case and yoghurt is a very low cost source of probiotics. 24hr SCD™ yoghurt has a concentration of 3 billion cfu/ml which means that in just a cup of Yoghurt (236ml) you'll get 708 Billion beneficial bacteria and that's about 50 times more than that claimed for a typical 15 billion capsule.

24hr yoghurt also has a higher probiotic count than commercial yoghurt because it is fermented longer.

The bacteria in yoghurt are fresh and in the environment they grew in, contrast this to the bacteria in a capsule which will be dormant.
Because the cultures produce lactic acid from the lactose in the milk, many people who are lactose intolerant are able to tolerate yoghurt.

This (http://scdlifestyle.com/2010/08/scd-legal-yogurt-is-the-difference-maker-dont-eat-it-at-your-own-risk/) is an interesting read.

In my case, I use goats milk, because I like the taste, but it is the milk for folks who are really sensitive to milk. Processing the yoghurt for 24 hours, destroys the lactose which causes gut inflammation. I read also, one shouldn't use powdered milk to make yoghurt, if one has a gut/bowel disorder.

laudesan
03-28-2013, 11:29 PM
Margarette, here is the breakfast cereal recipe.

APPLE GRANOLA

Ingredients;
5 cups of mixed nuts (no peanuts) - soaked overnight and rinsed
2 green apples - peeled and grated
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup dates - chopped
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup dried berries (blueberries are great)
1 cup flaked coconut

Method;
Drain nuts and then chop them one cup at a time in a food processor until they resemble oats.
Place then set aside in a bowl.
Then combine apples, honey, coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, dated and the shredded coconut into the bowl of chopped nuts and combine well.

There are two ways of making this granola, the best way is a food dehydrator.

1. Place the wet granola in small lumpy bits onto lined dehydrator trays/shelves and dehydrate for 24 hours.
2. Place the wet granola onto lined oven trays and bake in the oven on the lowest temperature for 4 hours or until the granola is golden and crunchy.

Spread the flaked coconut onto a lined baking tray and bake at about 100C/200F for 10 minutes until they are very light golden brown.

Mix this with the dried berries, and into the dried and cooled granola mixture.

Keep in an airtight jar, and eat as a snack, or with almond milk. (I would eat it with my homemade yoghurt)

PS
Read here (http://btvc.webfactional.com/knowledge-base/detail/vanillin/) about Vanilla extract.

olliewood0702
03-29-2013, 09:53 AM
I LOVE this thread! Much great information for contemplating. Eating healthy is our choice and for many of us we want our families to benefit from this choice.

I've had IBS for many, many years but it's progressively gotten worse over the past few years. I bought the "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" book and have been reading it thoroughly. I have just recently purchased the "Healing Foods" cookbook. While there are some recipes that I KNOW I won't ever use there are many good ones too.

To feel well is my main goal ; I've ordered a Yogurt maker and it hasn't arrived yet and I'm anxiously awaiting it's delivery. As soon as it arrives I'll get some going so that I can introduce a ton of the good bacteria into my gut. I'm going to buy a food dehydrator too.

If this thread helps anyone with IBS, Chron's, Ulcerative Colitis, diverticulitis, etc then like JJ said it will have been worth it.:clap:

I have to agree that sugar is REALLY BAD for us. I've read that it feeds disease (cancer too) and that alone is enough for me to want to stay away from it as much as possible.

Char, GMO foods are scary and here in the US not being labeled.:rolleyes: :confused: I never knew corn or wheat was so bad for you because of it's being genetically modified so much.

It is good that we take an interest in what we put in our mouths because like JJ said, "we are what we eat!":eek:

M.L. Schaefer
03-29-2013, 05:14 PM
Thank you, JJ, for Apple Granola. Now I have something that is going to be tasty for my breakfast. I'm hoping to post my all organic waffles, soon. Have to take it through the test taste and perfect it before I post it!

About the vanilla. I did find some organic vanilla. But something else folks may not know, if you ever buy artificial vanilla extract (smells the same doesn't it?) - you will be a buying a product made of chemical by products, I believe mainly petroleum related! So, no fake vanilla, no non-organic vanilla (the organic is not that much more expensive if you shop around).

Ever since I've moved to organic I feel much better. The biggest whowie moment was I had started to put on a little weight around my stomach agaub (a very bad thing, especially for a stroke survivor), and, when I started eating organic, my tummy is almost flatter than when I was pretty young thing! :) :)

And, that is the GMC acting out its devilish horrors.......

:heart: Margarete

LynnM
03-29-2013, 05:56 PM
Great thread!!! I'm on board in a small way, working with an eating plan designed along these lines for both overweight average people as well as those with diagnosed bowel problems....notice I say diagnosed, because I think, as has been mentioned above that many have problems that are not diagnosed. I have lost lbs, feel much better, more energy and better brain function. So far it is 3 months, and I won't go back to my old habits, just not worth it. It will still be a while until I'm at the 'flat' stomach stage, Margarete, if ever, but I'm working on it!

So pleased to hear that you are settling into this way of eating, JJ, and that it is benefiting you :thumbsup:

Good luck with your journey, Darla, it sounds like it is the right thing for you, too.

CharM
03-29-2013, 07:23 PM
Char, GMO foods are scary and here in the US not being labeled. I never knew corn or wheat was so bad for you because of it's being genetically modified so much. It's absolutely horrifying what's been done to our food supply. Included with corn, which includes the starches, oils, etc., is wheat, zucchini, sugar beets, soy, canola and soon salmon and alfalfa. Worse, factory farms are feeding animals these GMO grains in their feed. And products are being labelled in a way that's misleading... For instance, did you know that citric acid is not extracted from any kind of citrus, but CORN!

A few Non GMO labels are beginning to show up on our Organic Aisle at the grocery store. And Whole Foods in the U.S. has made a HUGE announcement that will label all food accordingly by 2018. Consumers will be able to make informed choices. Till then, buy 100% organic. And avoid the modified junk.