White flour is basically wholewheat flour that has been heavily processed, bleached and stripped of the two main components that make it nutritious, bran and germ. This process also gets rid of fibre which helps us digest it easily and all vitamins in the flour that benefit us, therefore raising the risk of diabetes and many other diseases and providing us with nothing more than good taste! Switching to healthier alternatives can help reduce bloating, give us more energy by consuming more nutrients and helping us to feel less lethargic and even help with hair, skin and overall health. Below are some healthy alternatives to white flour along with some recipes for you to try out.
Almond Flour Brownies
Almond flour is is a great source of vitamin E. It also contains iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium and other minerals as well as being gluten free.
Oatmeal, made of rolled, steel cut or ‘instant’ oat groats, is the best way to start a day for many of us. It does us a lot of good, eg. regulates our blood sugar (therefore excellent for diabetics), lowers the cholesterol levels. Moreover, it regulates our digestion and is an easy-to- make breakfast that provides us with plenty of energy throughout the day.
However, this month we will discover that oatmeal may not only be used for breakfast. Heck, it may not only serve as a meal!
For those who make their first steps in the kitchen (like my humble person), there is a surprisingly easy recipe for oatmeal cookies. Not only is it a quick and healthy snack, but it’s also yet another reason to feel like a pro in you own kitchen.
Chiacchiere, a word which literally translates as ‘chatter or gossip’, are the most popular Carnival sweets in Italy. Their name changes slightly from region to region; for example in Tuscany and in Liguria they are known as ‘bugie’. They are usually served with “sanguinaccio”, which is a sweet cream made with dark chocolate, and they are recognized as traditional food of Basilicata in central Italy.
The history of these sweets is interesting. During the Renaissance, the week preceding Ash Wednesday was called “grasso”, meaning “fat”, because the festive banquets organized during this period were abundant and full of rich dishes such as fried sweets.
The recipe for chiacchiere contains a little alcohol and the amount and type of alcohol used also changes depending on region. In the South, they use Marsala, while in northern Italy they use Grappa.
Sanguinaccio’s name originated from the ancient use of fresh pigs’ blood in the making of it which provided its characteristic taste. But in some Italian regions, the public sale of pigs’ blood was banned in 1992. Now, Italians prepare sanguinaccio with chocolate.
Have you ever heard about “Caprese Cake”? Well, it’s really famous all around the world. It’s one of the most appreciated Italian cakes! Invented in Capri Island in the Southern part of Italy, the tasty Caprese has just a few ingredients to be prepared …. The smell of almonds is irresistible!
Its origin is really curious: In 1920, a cook called Carmine Di Fiore was preparing an almond-cake in his cooking-workshop for three criminals who arrived in Capri Island. unfortunately, he made a big mistake! He forgot to put flour inside the mixture, but he didn’t notice that. He put the cake in the oven. The result was fantastic! The cake was soft and perfumed! Simply perfect! The three criminals were totally satisfied. He continued to prepare it: everybody loved the Caprese cake.