It goes without saying that many of us have made resolutions for this New Year. One of mine is to introduce you to more of our Swerve friends. We want to share their craftiness (which I am totally jealous of) and knowledge about health, wellness, cooking and baking (my brain is a sponge when I am around them).
We recently teamed up with one of New Orleans best known nutritionist, Molly Kimball. As the host of WGNO, ABC26, “Get the Skinny”, we’ve been watching for years as Molly shares her incredible knowledge of
health and nutrition. So we thought, how much fun would it be if Molly joined forces with Maria Emmerich (Maria Mind Body Health) and Carolyn Ketchum (All Day I Dream About Food) and put the Swerve treatment to some of their favorite recipes? Well, to say the least, it was an absolute blast!
As the first in a series of segments, today we’re giving you a double dose of good health and fun… it’s Molly’s suggestion for cutting the cravings by cutting the carbs. And then Molly joins wellness expert and food writer, Maria Emmerich as they take you into the test kitchen to create a waffle that is flourless and out of this world!
Whether you call it a ‘resolution’ or a ‘goal’, most of us wouldn’t mind dropping a few pounds, feeling more energized, sleeping better, or having healthier-looking skin. And if there’s one single change that can improve all of these, it’s slashing the sugar from our diets.
For the next seven days, eliminate sugars and white carbs entirely. This means all types of added sugars, including perceived-as-better sweeteners like honey, agave, organic cane juice, and coconut sugar. It also means no refined carbs, including white flour, enriched wheat flour, rice flour, or potato starch (the latter two are often found in gluten-free products).
Three key strategies to curb cravings, making it easier to nix sugars and white carbs:
Eat Frequently. Aim to have a small meal or snack every three to four hours, to maintain steady blood sugar and energy levels, which helps to prevent sugar cravings.
Boost your protein intake. Make an effort to incorporating enough protein – particularly at breakfast and snacks – can help to curb cravings, burn more calories, and consume fewer calories throughout the day. Think eggs, egg whites, and plain lowfat Greek yogurt, along with lean meat, fish, and skinless poultry.
Fit in more fat. Too little fat in our diet can leave us ravenous shortly after eating, often craving sugary carbs for a pick-me-up. Not to mention, fats are essential for healthy skin, hair, even mood. Incorporate moderate amounts of fats like avocado (or guacamole), nut butters, olive oil, coconut oil, and omega-3- rich fish like salmon.
Pay close attention to how your body reacts – how you feel, how you sleep, even what your skin looks like. The improvements you’ll notice will likely be motivation enough to continue with a diet low in added sugars and white carbs.
1 cup fresh ground flax meal
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter
3/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp baking powder
2 TBS Swerve
1 tsp cinnamon
OPTIONAL: 3 TBS cream cheese (for a great flavor)
In a large bowl mix the flax meal and baking powder. In a small pan, melt butter (and cream cheese, if adding) over a low flame. In a small bowl whisk the eggs and almond milk. Add the cinnamon and Swerve, whisking well. Add wet ingredients to the dry. Using a soup ladle, scoop about 2-3 T of the mixture into your waffle iron. Serve with a naturally sugar-free syrup like Nature’s Hollow Syrup.
These turned out way better than expected! Nice and crispy. I made a batch of these and froze them to put in the toaster for easy breakfasts. Make sure your waffle iron is HOT HOT HOT and you will need to bake them for about 3 extra minutes for each waffle. Makes 8 servings.
Nutrition Facts per Serving:
20 grams fat
4.3 grams saturated fat
738 mg sodium
10.5 grams carbohydrate
6 grams fiber
0.6 grams sugar
7.5 grams protein