Baking for nutrients sounds, hmmm boring, right? But, does it have to be?
There are so many additives you can add to your baked treats that does not necessarily constitutes to it tasting awful.
Majority of us don’t eat all the vegetables and fruits that’s required every single day. Some choose to get their daily intake through vitamins, others just don’t think about it. What’s your strategy? How else do you get the most nutrients? For me, I add things to my food, smoothies, juices, water, basically any thing I eat contains added nutrients of some sort.
I believe the one body I have is doing a phenomenal job cruising through life. It a faithful servant withstanding the effects of what I eat, what I feel, what I do and most certainly what I think.
Baking for nutrients does not mean compromising taste for nutrition. It means getting the most nutrients you can possibly get from each mouthful of what you’re eating, drinking and each thought you’re thinking.
What are some things I add to baked treats, you ask? Here’s a list that I currently have on hand. I rotate and try different things from time to time so this is more of a dynamic list. The same goes for herbs, I use according to the season, although they get added to my smoothies more than my baked treats. If anything, they are in every meal I eat, especially when I can pick fresh from the garden.
I am not going to focus on the obvious ones like nuts, seeds and dried fruits. My objective here to highlight items you may not ordinarily think about. Joining this community, I promised to give you as much exposure and information as I can so that you can feel confident exploring new foods and expand your variety. Amazon is a great to find a variety of items.
When I’m baking for nutrition, I might add the following:
- Maqui Berry Powder
- Camu Berry Powder
- Baobab Powder
- Apple peel Powder
- Antioxidant Berry Blast
- Hibiscus Flower Powder
- Protein Powder
I don’t always use a powder when I’m baking for nutrients, especially when it comes to things like savory flatbreads or sandwich wraps. These are the times when I raid the garden to get fresh herbs. If it’s in the winter and there’s no garden then I get my weekly supply at the grocery store and rotate what I use.
For instance, when I’m making snacking flatbread with chickpea flour, I absolutely love to add as much fresh rosemary as a can. This is one snacking flatbread that does not last very long in my home. You see, baking for nutrients can take many forms.
Basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, bok choi, sage, mint, swiss chard, kale, collard, pea shoots and spinach are some of what I’ve been having the last few weeks in my lunch wraps or as a salad at lunch time.
Kohlrabi, celery, broccoli, cabbage, rapini, cucumber and a variety of herbs make up my juices. Notice I’m not added fruits or carrots or any other sweet vegetables. I get enough sugar from milk – yup check the label on your milk to see that you’re consuming the “unsweet” variety if sugar is a concern for you. Yogurt is also a source of extremely high sugar. I feel these products are designed for taste not for nutritional value.
Also remember cooking with these items both the powders mentioned and the herbs, is another great way to infuse your dishes with flavour, nutrients and aroma.
Baking for nutrients crosses over into my main meals. I hope you realize that baking is a term used to cook fish, meats and other vegetables. Not just treats. From this perspective, I add things like teff grains, hemp hearts, ground flax, chia seeds, alfalfa seeds, sesame seeds and other grains. They are easily integrated with meat elements like meatloaf, meatballs, stuffing for fish, chicken, turkey or inside a roast.
I find a little creativity goes a long way when it comes to preparing nutritious meals and treats. Don’t you?
Ingredient list: Flour Blend (Teff flour, Gluten Free Oat flour, Arrowroot flour, Brown Rice flour, Buckwheat flour, Coconut flour), Raisins, Gluten Free Oat Flakes, Chia seeds, Teff Whole Grain, Ground Flax Seeds, Chocolate Flavour, Vanilla, Cocoa Powder, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt.
Ingredient list: Flour Blend (Teff flour, Gluten Free Oat flour, Arrowroot flour, Brown Rice flour, Buckwheat flour, Coconut flour), Gluten Free Oat Flakes, Apricot, Crystallized Ginger, Chia Seeds, Teff Whole Grain, Ground Flax Seeds, Vanilla, Ginger Powder, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt.
Ingredient list: Flour Blend (Teff flour, Gluten Free Oat flour, Arrowroot flour, Brown Rice flour, Buckwheat flour, Coconut flour), Gluten Free Oat Flakes, Glazed Citrus, Tigernut Slices, Raisins, Chia Seeds, Teff Whole Grain, Ground Flax Seeds, Vanilla, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt, Citric Acid.