After I was diagnosed with candida, I became more aware of what I was eating. Even if you don't need to follow a low-glycemic diet, you should be careful when purchasing gluten-free products. I know here we go again just when you thought you didn't need to read labels anymore.
Here some ingredients you should look for and avoid as much as possible:
- Tapioca starch has no nutritional value whatsoever and is high in carbs. For some individuals, it is difficult to digest.
- Potato starch is used as a thickener but again has no nutritional value.
- White rice flour is high in calories, carbs and devoid of nutrition.
Look for these better choices:
- Brown rice
- Garbanzo bean flour
- Coconut flour
- Oat flour made from gluten-free oats
Even better choices are:
- Meat or soy
- Dairy or alternative dairy beverages
Here's a recipe for a low-carb bread you might want to try. It's high in fiber and protein. But remember it still has calories. Cut it into small squares to limit your potion size.
- 1 cup golden flax meal
- 3/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
- 1/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- egg replacer for five eggs (Technically, this is a unhealthy ingredient as it contains potato starch. If you can eat eggs, that would be a better choice.)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- In a large bowl, combine the flax meal, flours, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
- In a smaller bowl, mix together the eggs or egg replacer, water and olive oil.
- Stir wet ingredients into dry, mixing well. Allow to stand for 2-3 minutes to thicken the batter.
- Pour the batter into a 11-by-7-inch glass pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and cool.
- After cooled, cut into 1 1/2-inch squares.
- If desired, sprinkle squares with sea salt, olive oil and herbs de provence. Toast squares on a baking sheet.