If you don’t want to give up bread and are in need of an excellent low carb option, we have just the solution for you. So cheer up, you don’t have to say goodbye to baked goods forever, let this recipe nourish your mind. You can still make your favorite sandwich without eliminating bread in from your diet. This low carb bread recipe is an easy and great alternative to those high carb classics that you might be missing. Almonds are an incredible superfood, so good in fact they made our list of the Top 15 Superfoods You Need to Know About.
Nootropics and Almond Meal Low Carb Bread
This incredible recipe just got a massive brain kick. Make sure you add 1 scoop of Momental Mind when combining the flour, salt, and baking soda. Adding nootropics to this already smart bread is pure genius. You’re not only getting healthy bread that tastes amazing, and is super low carb, but you’re getting bread that is loaded with brain and body nutrients that would otherwise never be obtained from bread. Nootropics are the latest in biohacking to bring about purposeful physiological improvements to maximize brain and body health. We’re talking better memory, processing, focus, and tissue recovery.
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The Nutty Truth About Almond Meal/Flour
Nuts are low in carbohydrates, high in healthy fats and provide a great dose of nutrients and anti-inflammatory benefits. One of the best nut alternatives to white flour in baking are almonds. They are very absorbent and doesn’t hold together. So it is why it is needed to add juices or liquids in the recipe.
Almond meal and almond flour have been the commercial forms sold in the supermarket. Almond flour is high both in fiber and protein. It adds a sweet and nutty note to cakes and breads. So what is the difference between the two? Kelli Foster from TheKitchn.com stated that there is only a slight difference between these two varieties. Both are derived from ground almonds. Almond flour is made from blanched almonds, in which skins are removed and is then ground more finely than almond meal. Almond meal still contains the skins and is ground coarsely.
Why Almond Meal/ Flour is Better
Almond meal/flour is keto-friendly, and advantageous to keep carbs to a minimum. It’s the best alternative to flour that has a positive effect on blood sugar. While white flour may have fewer calories, it has a high amount of carbohydrates that plays a role in rapidly raising blood sugar. In a nootropic diet, the goal is for your brain and body to use fat as fuel, instead of primarily using glucose. Glucose that is found in carbohydrates. Fat provides fast energy to your brain, and will leave you satiated sooner and for longer.
- Almond meal/flour is rich in Vitamin E, which are antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants that prevent damage from free-radicals that accelerate aging and risks of heart illnesses.
- Almond meal/flour contains a remarkable amount of magnesium, which has a role in controlling the body’s blood sugar.
- Gluten-free, so this is suitable for celiac disease and for those with gluten allergies or intolerance. For some people, wheat derivatives cause them to bloat, have diarrhea, improper weight gain or loss, skin rashes, acne and fatigue.
- Low phytic acid content compared to wheat flour. Phytic acid results in poor absorption of nutrients from food. It binds to nutrients and reduces the extent to which they can be absorbed by the gut.
With new research out displaying a strong correlation between high carb intake and higher mortality rates, now is the time to adopt a new outlook on what you eat and how you eat as it pertains to macronutrients. PURE (The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology) study assessed individuals aged 35-70 from 18 different countries over the course of 10 years from January 1st 2003 to March 31st 2013. They used validated food frequency questionnaires to assess 135,335 people, a very large cohort. They looked at the consumption of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Primary outcomes were total mortality and major cardiovascular events including; fatal cardiovascular disease, non-fatal myocardial infarction, stroke, and heart failure. The results are frankly what we've been trying to educate the general public on for years.
Drum roll please... The study found that higher carbohydrate intake was associated with increased risk of total mortality. Even more validating is the evidence for intake of total fat and each type of fat being associated with lower risk of total mortality. Specifically monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and saturated fat were all correlated with a lower risk of total mortality. With higher saturated fat intake associated with a lower risk of stroke. Now, of course these are not direct cause and effect relationships, but none the less the evidence is strong.
This is a massive study that was conducted for a decade over low income, middle income, and high income groups. It is one of the most representative samples of the general world population ever studied. The mere design of epidemiological studies is the weakest part. This could and should be followed up with short term RCTs(randomized control trials) with surrogate markers to further validate the study's findings. Going low carb and eliminating processed empty carbs with poor nutrient value altogether is a must.
So the best way to decrease carbohydrate intake is to use alternatives such as almond flour/meal. Stop suffering from bread cravings with this nutrient dense alternative that regulates blood sugar, and provides you much more usable energy. As the saying goes “if you like your bread, you can keep your bread.” Just like with healthcare plans, the statement is sort of true.” Instead of a worse off plan though, your bread gets an upgrade. So, next time you’re craving avocado toast, a BLT, or any favorite snack that spurs those bread cravings, make this recipe!
Nootropic Almond Meal Low Carb Bread4 tablespoons fine ground almond meal
1 scoop Momental Mind
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2-3 tablespoons water
- In a small, shallow microwave safe container whisk together the flour, salt, Mind, and baking soda.
- Make a well in the center and crack an egg open into it.
- Whisk well, then add in the fat and water while you continue whisking.
- Once it becomes frothy start making bigger circles with your whisk or fork to incorporate the flour mix.
- Mix well, getting all the edges and sides. You can use a spatula to make sure you have it all mixed in.
- Tap the container down on the counter to settle the mix.
- Microwave on high for 90 seconds, or until the center is cooked (add cooking time in 30 second intervals).
- If you're baking it, use a greased glass dish, and bake at 350F (or 325F convection) for 20 minutes.
- Run a spatula around the edges to separate and remove it from the container.
- Pop it in the toaster for 3-4 minutes until crisp.
- Top with yummy things like avocado, bacon, eggs, and you know, it’s bread! Enjoy!