This fast paced world we live in has led to convenience foods that are processed grains and sugar. These things are causing disease and destroying our health. It may be hard for some of you to comprehend that the all-mighty grain could be causing destruction, but it’s true! As we look at grains and how they are processed in the body, we think you will see the trouble they are causing.
- Grains are not edible in nature without being processed.
- Grains are made up of a large amount of starch surrounded by a kernel. When broken down, this converts to sugar in the body. High levels of sugar put stress on several organs that must work harder to try and maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Over time, these organs break down and disease becomes rampant.
- Grains that are refined have been stripped of the nutrients that are required to help during the digestion process. In turn, nutrients are taken from the body to help with digestion. This leads to nutrient deficiencies.
- Grains are loaded with allergens that disrupt our immune systems and lead to allergies.
- Since grains are complex, they require multiple stages of digestion to be utilized by the body. Often times, the second stage of digestion does not occur. As a result, inflammation and gas are produced in the gut along along with possible damage to the intestinal tract.
You may be experiencing some of these symptoms and perhaps you have made the choice to eliminate grains from your diet already. If not, now is a great time to start the elimination process! Our bodies want to be healthy. As soon as you begin providing what is needed, your health will thrive. The good news is: Many products are now available that allow for grain-free alternatives of your favorite baked goods.
Coconut flour is an excellent alternative for baked foods. Most people who have tried it can hardly tell the difference. This recipe from Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfillipo uses coconut flour:
Blueberry Lemon Muffins
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup grade B maple syrup
- 1 lemon, juice and zest
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 35-40 minutes Yield: 12 muffins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Whisk the eggs, butter or coconut oil, pure vanilla extract, and maple syrup, lemon juice, and lemon zest together in a large mixing bowl. Sift in the coconut flour, sea salt, and baking soda and stir until well combined. Gently fold in the blueberries.
In a muffin tin, scoop 1/4 cup of the batter into each lined muffin cup (natural parchment muffin papers work best for lining), and bake for 35-40 minutes.
Mix up the add-ins to make different flavors. They are pretty hard to mess up so have fun with it!
PS. Need help going grain-free? Join Dr. Kalli Prater, DC for a FREE Wellness Wednesday Workshop at Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center: