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Nootropic Nutty Citrus Cookies | Momental

Nootropic Nutty Citrus Cookies | Momental

Honey as an alternative sweetener, good or bad?

In an article written by Mark Briggs, he states that sugar has become a staple item in most of our daily lives. Whether adding it to tea or coffee at home, or consuming it through soft drinks and processed foods, sugar rules the human diet. As obesity levels continue to climb, and people are coming to  a better understanding of how unpleasant sugar can be, the search  for healthier sugar alternatives persists. But, there-in lies the food industry’s problem.

A lot of sugar substitutes are chemically altered, or synthetic, and are incomparable to real sugar. These synthetic sugars are also known to have been linked to cancer. One all-natural sugar substitute is honey.  

Honey is sweeter than sugar. A honey that’s been locally and organically produced has great health benefits. Honey has antimicrobial properties and is loaded with vitamins. It is higher in calories than table sugar, but because it’s sweeter, less can be consumed. Honey can be added to tea, and when baking, it is a very suitable ingredient in cookies and biscuits.

 

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Read on for an all natural cookie recipe that will not only taste good but make you feel good too!

 

Know the Perks of Consuming Gluten-Free

“A gluten-free diet is one that excludes most grains, and it is recommended for people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. For other people, however, going gluten-free can be unhealthy. The benefits and risks of a gluten-free diet should be carefully weighed, especially if the person starting the new diet doesn’t really need to restrict gluten intake,” as reported Alina Bradford in her article, Gluten-Free: Benefits & Risks.

Asides from celiac disease, there are several medical conditions that largely benefit from a gluten-free diet. Registered dietician and nutritionist Jessica Fishman Levison said, “Gluten intolerance ranges from gluten sensitivity to celiac disease. Non-celiac gluten intolerance could be an allergy to gluten or to other ingredients in food besides gluten, or it could be even a placebo effect.” Always get a blood test if you have concerns over specific allergies. You may not be allergic to what you'd expect. 

Consuming gluten-free foods can also aid those with chronic gastrointestinal disorder called irritable bowel syndrome.

 

Tips for the Beginning Baker

  1.     Read the recipe carefully to know if you have all the ingredients and utensils needed, and to ensure that you understand the entire procedure.
  2.     Be sure you have all the necessary ingredients, and then gather them together.
  3.     Prepare all the utensils you will need for measuring, mixing, and baking.
  4.     Preheat the oven. Set the oven knob at the desired temperature.  Hang an oven thermometer on the center rack. When the thermometer registers the same temperature as the oven knob, then the oven is ready for use.
  5.     Prepare the pan/s as needed, making sure you use the correct sized pan. If it needs greasing, brush the bottom of the pan with a little shortening. For baking purposes, don’t use butter or margarine for greasing because these burn easily and will produce a very brown crust.
  6.     Measure the ingredients using the correct utensils, in the amounts required in the recipe.
  7.     Mix the batter or dough. When filling pans, make sure you don’t overfill. Fill about 2/3 full to allow  for the rising.
  8.     Bake in the preheated oven. Put the pan at the center rack.
  9.     Cool the baked products.

This recipe is very easy to make. May the tips above help you (if you’re a beginner) in baking.

 

Nootropic Nutty Citrus Cookies

4 tablespoons coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon zest of an orange
1 ½ teaspoons orange extract
1 1/3 cups almond meal
2 tablespoons coconut flour, sifted
1 scoop Momental MIND Nootropic Blend
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
  1.     Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2.     In a bowl, mix together all ingredients until it forms a dough.
  3.     Portion the dough into 12 pieces,  roll it into a ball, and line it on the prepared baking sheet. Make sure each ball is 3 inches apart. .
  4.     Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks.

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