Bread

Life Changing Bread

Sarah Britton My New Roots
“It took me a long time to settle on the title for this post. Why? Because it’s quite a statement to suggest that a humble loaf of bread will change your life.” So said Canadian Holistic Nutritionist Sarah Britton in her My New Roots blog when she first posted the recipe that I’m going to share here today.I can see where she’s coming from and don’t think the name’s too exaggerated at all.
Why? Because for most of us, me included, bread is at the heart of our diets and so of our lives. It makes sense so that, if we can make that bread as nutritionally dense as possible and replace lots of the less nutritious bread we eat with it, then it’s going to make big changes for the better in the way we feel. So according to Sarah here is that loaf, it has no downside. read more →

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Ketogenic Naan Bread with Melted Garlic Butter

Naan bread
Once again this grain-free, ketogenic bread has been supplied by our Blood Sugar Balancing Guru (as he is otherwise known!) Paul Wright! Paul is a qualified Nutrition and Health Coach and is currently studying to become a Nutritional Therapist. He became interested in nutrition to help control his own Type 1 Diabetes and through his own experience and experiments has obtained a vast amount of knowledge on how to control blood sugars. read more →

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High Fat / Keto Bread

Recipe of the Month High Fat Keto Bread

This bread recipe was supplied by our blood sugar controlling expert Paul Wright and is ideal for diabetics and endurance athletes who are looking to avoid the sugar spike and stay in the fat burning mode zone!  If the mixture is divided into 6 rolls as per the recipe each roll contains 3g of carbohydrate.  It is also gluten and dairy free and can satisfy your bread cravings if your trying to avoid it, these are best eaten with butter whilst still warm from the oven.

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

300ml Almond Flour
5 tblsp Psylllium Husks
2 tspn Baking Powder
1 tspn Salt

Wet Ingredients

300ml Boiling Water
2 tspn Apple Cider Vinegar
4 Egg Whites

Recipe of the Month High Fat Keto Bread

Method

1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.
2. Add the boiling water with cider vinegar to dry ingredients and mix until it resembles wet play dough.
3. Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks and fold into the mix.
4. Moisten hands and form dough into 6 balls.  Place on greaseproof baking paper.
5. Place in a pre-heated oven of 170oC and bake for about 60-70 mins.
6. They’re done when you hear a hallow sound if you tap the bottom, or prick them with a cocktail stick, if the stick comes out wet or doughy bake for another 5-10 minutes.

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Product of the Month – Viridian 7 Day Sugar Detox

Product of the Month Viridian 7 Day Sugar Detox

Sugar is the new smoking; it is addictive and linked to a wide range of serious health problems and, like cigarettes 20 years ago, there are no health warnings on high-sugar foods.  Sugar and refined carbohydrates from white bread, pasta, bakery items, cereals and sweetened beverages can disrupt your blood sugar balance over time. Another problem is that sugar makes healthy food taste worse, as our taste buds are conditioned to the sweetness of sugary foods.

Recently a sugar detox was found to be a very successful way to reduce sugar cravings (within a few days), reduce desire for sugary foods, and improve the taste of healthier alternatives. A sugar detox could be the start of your road to better energy levels, better mood and a whole list of other ‘betters’.

Viridian, the company we love for their ethical stance just as for their brilliantly effective products, have just brought out a great tool in the fight to change our sugary ways, The 7 Day Sugar Detox. The great thing is that it’s not just a product (although the combination of cinnamon and chromium that it contains probably is THE nutritional path to better blood sugar balance), it also comes with great support in the form of a free app which helps you track just how much sugar, much of it hidden in foods, you’re currently eating, how to make better food choices to support the supplement’s action and lots of information on just how refined carbohydrates are bad for your metabolism.

Product of the Month Viridian 7 Day Sugar Detox

There’s even a suggested mealplan and recipes for each meal of the day, with many of them from, our friend of the store, Oliver McCabe’s Fuel Food Cookbook (Viridian and Oliver are now working closely together).  You can view the meal plans, recipes and shopping list here so there’s no guessing work!

We’re hugely behind this great new tool on the road to better health, so much so that’s we’re prepared to do it ourselves!  So make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook page to see how we’re getting on!  And at less than €10 for a week’s supply what have you got to lose (except low mood and energy and a few inches round the waistline maybe?).

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Only Natural Sourdough Workshop, Saturday 5th of November

sourdough loaves images

The Chorleywood Bread Process may not rank with the bubonic plague or the atom bomb when it comes to a negative impact on mankind but there are those who think it’s right up there.  It’s the highly mechanized bread production method developed in the UK in the 1960s that revolutionized how bread is made (and not in a good way!). It lead to the wholesale replacement of largely home based, slow fermentation bread baking with bulk production of highly additive laden, poorly nutritious bread and it’s the method used to produce 80% of the world’s bread today. Regarded as revolutionary and liberating at the time it has and does feed the masses but with what? Real food, I don’t think so! Many people think it’s time to redress this situation.

“We believe in the right of access for all through education to nutritional, life-affirming foods”.

This is from the mission statement of Julie Lockett and Joe Fitzmaurice on their website riotrye.ie. What a great place to start!

Julie and Joe run the Riot Rye Bake House and Bread School in the Eco Village of Cloughjordan and are passionate about empowering Ireland to bake real bread. We’re delighted to be hosting Joe for a full day Sourdough Baking Workshop in the Taghmon Community Centre on Saturday the 5th of November. Would you like to learn how to bake goodness packed, nutty and delicious sourdough bread at home? You’ll do this on the day, lunch will be provided and you’ll leave with an amazing new skill and your first loaves to finish at home.

Numbers are limited to 10 and the cost is €90. Book your place today – in store, by calling 053 912 3236 or on-line at onlynatural.ie but be quick some places are already booked!

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Recipe of the Month – Glorious Breads!

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We had such a great day in Murphy’s Barn cooking and eating with Oliver McCabe in May that I’m taking this opportunity to let you know in advance of our next food event. This autumn (on Saturday the 5th of November) we’ve invited Joe Fitzmaurice from Riot Rye Bakehouse and Bread School in Cloughjordan to give a Sourdough Bread Baking day in Wexford. Joe is passionate about spreading the word about how changing over to ‘real bread’ is such a crucial tool for health. To quote Joe “We believe that for too many years Ireland has been unnecessarily dependent upon the industrial baking and chemical industries for its bread. Many people do not have access to bread made without bicarbonate of soda, flour improvers, preservatives or other unnecessary additives. The knowledge of how to naturally turn grain into bread has been lost.”
Riot Rye’s own courses are completely booked out for this year so, as numbers will be limited for this, we suggest you let us know as soon as possible if you are interested. Click on the link above for more details.
To get you in the mood here are a few (slightly less involved) bread recipes that we’d like to share.

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