CHEESE BREAD

When embarking on an LCHF eating plan, the most difficult pleasure to give up is bread. I have searched high and low, tried various recipes and this is one of the best … enjoyed by both LCHF followers as well as the lucky ones that do not need to follow an eating plan.

As almond flour is quite costly, I have started to substitute it with macadamia nut flour. The taste is just as good but it is easier on the pocket.

Cheese Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 block Philadelphia/ Lancewood full-fat cream cheese at room temperature
  • 6 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 4 cups almond flour or macadamia nut flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup chopped chives or spring onions (optional)

Method

  • Mix cream cheese, eggs and cider vinegar in a food processor.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, salt, mustard powder and cayenne pepper. Blitz for a few seconds.
  • Add the cheddar cheese and chives/onions and fold in. Do not blitz in the food processor again as the cheese will become too mushy.
  • Pour into a well-greased bread tin.
  • Bake for 45 minutes at 190°
  • Let the bread cool off in the tin before turning it out.
  • I slice the bread and freeze two slices per Ziploc bags.

 

Best Low-Carb Seed Bread

Low-Carb Seed Bread

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One of my greatest foody weaknesses is bread. I absolutely love all types of bread spread generously with butter … I suppose it is part of my comfort food list. So when I was told that I am gluten intolerant and allergic to yeast, I thought that my whole world has come to an end.

After a few panic attacks, I started searching for low-carb bread recipes and this recipe is my favourite at the moment. It is super simple to make, slices easily and freezes really well.

 

Ingredients:macadamia-in-shell1

  • 100 ml flax seeds
  • 100 ml sunflower seeds
  • 200 ml macadamia flour
  • 30ml psyllium husk
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 6 eggs
  • 10ml baking powder
  • 5ml salt
  • Pinch of stevia

Instructions:

  1. Put all the seeds in a coffee grinder and mill until finely ground
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  3. Mix wet ingredients together and combine the wet with the dry.
  4. Pour mixture into a greased and lined loaf tin.
  5. Sprinkle the top with poppy and sesame seeds.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes at 180ºC

Variation: You can use almond flour instead of macadamia flour and use greek yogurt or sour cream instead of the buttermilk.You can add any nuts or seeds and even cranberries. I suggest you experiment till you find your right fit.

Note: It is important to eat ground flax seed as the flax seed hulls are so hard, that they’ll pass right through your body undigested and you then miss out on their rich supply of essential fatty acids. Flax seed is really one of the best sources of omega-3, is high in potassium, is a complete protein and help the body to burn fat as fuel more efficiently.

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10 Health Benefits of Pineapples

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Pineapples …why they are good for us.

The name “pineapple” originated from European explorers who deliberated that the fruit was similar to a cross between a pine cone and an apple. Columbus was the first person to introduce pineapples to Europe after discovering them on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe in 1493.

Pineapple forms part of the family (Bromeliaceous) and is the only bromeliad with edible fruit. Pineapple is also a good source of vitamin C, copper, manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium and dietary fibre.Pineapple Plant

What is Bromelain? Bromelain is a protein-digesting (proteolytic) enzyme complex found in the fruit and, in higher concentrations, in the stem of the pineapple (Ananas comosus). Put simply, bromelain breaks down protein. As a proteolytic enzyme, it assists the body’s own digestive mechanisms in reducing very large, complex protein molecules into smaller peptide units or individual amino acids. These smaller components are crucial for your own production of muscle, neurotransmitters, and other protein-based molecules that your body produces.

Health Benefits of Pineapple

  • Anti-aging: The vitamin C in pineapple plays a part in collagen synthesis, making it an important antioxidant for skin health. Pineapples contain alpha hydroxyl acids, which are used topically for moisturizing skin and the removal of dead skin cells, as well as for the treatment of acne.
  • Digestion: Bromelain enhances the effects of the digestive enzymes trypsin and pepsin.
  • Healthy Bones: Pineapple is an excellent source of manganese, a trace mineral needed for healthy bone and cartilage formation. Deficiency of certain trace minerals which include manganese can slow down bone mass growth in our younger years and accelerate bone loss as we age.
  • Boosting Immune System: Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C, which has been shown to stimulate both the production and function of white blood cells that attack foreign bacteria and viruses. The manganese in pineapple also plays a role in strengthening the immune system.
  • Cancer Prevention: Researchers found that eating pineapple reduced the formation of nitrosamines (potential carcinogens) in humans. Pineapple isn’t the only natural cancer fighter. There has also been a link drawn between cancer prevention and marijuana, turmeric, ginger, garlic and Vitamin D.
  • Depression: Pineapple is high in niacin and the amino acid tryptophan, which the body uses to help produce the neurotransmitter serotonin. There is some scientific evidence that an imbalance in levels of serotonin could contribute to depression.
  • The acidity of the Stomach: Research shows that Bromelain can help balance the acidity of the stomach, as well as the alkalinity of the small intestine.
  • Sinusitis: A number of studies indicate that the bromelain in pineapple can help reduce swelling and inflammation as well as relieve symptoms of acute sinusitis. Bromelain is popular in the treatment of young children diagnosed with acute sinusitis in Germany. The therapeutic efficiency and safety of bromelain have been evaluated in children under the age of 11 years diagnosed with acute sinusitis.
  • Swelling and Redness: Bromelain was approved in Europe as an effective remedy for swelling after surgery. Research shows that the bromelain enzyme may lower swelling, stop bruising, speed up healing time, and reduce discomfort in individuals following surgical procedures.
  • Osteoarthritis: Bromelain may also help relieve mild discomfort related to osteoarthritis. In fact, it is a common ingredient in most natural supplements for sore joints and muscles.

Pineapple Desert

Sources for this article include:
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/benefits-of/bromelain
http://www.worldhealth.net/news/bromelain_pineapple_enzyme/
http://www.naturalnews.com/035804_bromelain_enzymes_inflammation.html
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10 Health Benefits of Strawberries

 10 Health Benefits of Strawberries

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Strawberry plants

Strawberries are an excellent source of antioxidant-promoting vitamin C and manganese. They are also a very good source of dietary fibre, iodine, and folate plus strawberries are a good source of copper, potassium, biotin, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6, and omega-3 fatty acids … in other words Strawberries are a Super Food! Here are ten reasons to over-indulge 🙂 Continue reading