Finding other people who think like you do, or have conquered challenges similar to yours is, in my opinion, finding the holy grail. That’s how I felt when I found www.elanaspantry.com. This is a really great blogsite written by Elana Amsterdam and is full of helpful information and fabulous recipes using mainly almond flour in place of grains. These are great options for gluten-free eating, grain-free eating, low-carb eating, Primal and Paleo diets, even Passover celebrations.
Elana has become the “go to” person for cooking and baking with almond flour and she has recently published her first cookbook, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. Anyone living a healthy lifestyle should really think about adding this cookbook to their collection. Almond flour is delicious, full of protein (low in carbs!), nutrient dense, versatile, full of fiber and Elana has come up with some great ways to use it. I have only had mine for several weeks and it is already “well loved” and everything I have tried has been a delicious success.
Although I’m the first to celebrate the growing awareness and availability of gluten-free products, cookbooks, blogs, websites, and really great information, I have to admit that I always feel better when I eat no grains at all. I have found some gluten-free food and recipes that taste really yummy, but there has been this nagging feeling that I just had to finally listen to. My body is just not all that happy, even with gluten-free grains. So for the last several months, I have gone mostly grain free. (A few excepts, such as GF pasta in some of the Healthy Priorities meals, or a bit of GF flour to thicken a sauce, etc.)
The result of this change? I feel better, that is always great. I’ve noticed less bloating, less puffiness, so that means less inflammation….. a great change! I have also experienced an very noticeable decrease in my appetite. Now, I’ve never been a big eater, so that may just be my experience, but I have read a lot of research that seems to agree that most people experience the same thing.
Another unexpected and wonderful change that has occurred is that I have really opened up to new ways of eating. I’m not sure that without this conscious “no grains” choice, I would have connected with some of the really great information that is available on how to make wonderful baked goods out of almond flour and flax meal, not to mention using vegetables in more creative ways – all kinds of new fun to have in the kitchen.
I’ll be posting links to some of the best resources I have found on this subject as well as some of the most successful recipes in case anyone wants to join me on the “grain free” journey. Because they are grain-free and made with either almond flour or flax meal, they are more nutrient dense, high in fiber, high in protein and very low in carbs….. great substitutions for the baked goods we are all used to eating!
There are so many people out there in the blogosphere that it can get overwhelming and frustrating. When I run into any that I think might be helpful, I will post a link so that you can check them out and see if they speak to you. www.marksdailyapple.com makes me laugh (he’s a tad sarcastic, I wonder why I like him!) and has a lot of really good, common sense information about what he calls Primal Nutrition and Primal Eating. The basic premise – EAT REAL FOOD. Told you I liked him! Click here if you want to check him out.