Whilst shopping for my coconut flour I came across a packet of coconut nectar and was full of excitement to find another natural substitute for sugar. Coconut nectar is a great sugar replacement that has no additives or preservatives and comes from my favourite thing, the joyous coconut! Coconut Nectar is an all natural raw sweetner from the blossoms of the coconut tree.
You can use this instead of sugar in your coffee or tea, and even bake with it. It is Gluten Free and a naturally low Glycemic food. Coconut sugar comes from the sap of coconut trees and contains anti-toxins, essential minerals, iron, vitamins, nicotinic acid, thiamine and many more vital nutrients.
So, off I skipped to the kitchen to try out my new found sugar replacement and did some baking…the results were delicious! Surely eating such delicious food should be bad for you!
I am sure that this is not readily available apart from your health shops so you may have to purchase this online.
I do not use soy sauce because of the wheat content in it and use Tamari instead. Tamari is a type of Japanese soy sauce that is made without wheat and is therefore suitable for those with wheat allergies. It is made from whole soya beans, traditionally brewed and aged in wooden kegs. Tamari is dark in colour and has a rich flavour, making it useful in marinades and dressings.
Personally, I find this less salty then soy sauce and a great alternative to the dark soy sauce.
Flax seed is my must super food of 2012 and beyond…It may be small but it packs a nutritional punch! It is low in carbs, high in fibre, high in most of the B vitamins, magnesium and manganese and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega 3 fatty acids are great against heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and some cancers. This is the type of fat that can produce amazing benefits for your heart and cardiovascular system. When you incorporate flax seed in your daily diet you are providing your body with the richest natural source of Omega 3 fatty acids that are available. This is also great for Vegans and Vegetarians who can obtain their Omega 3 fatty acids without having to compromise their dietary beliefs.
The fibre content is just amazing and is great for lowering cholesterol and helps stabilizing blood sugar. It is high in phytochemicals and many antioxidants. There are very high concentrations of antioxidants present in flax seed. Ligans and other anti-oxidizing compounds are able to repair much of the cellular damage that is wrought by free radicals in your system. Flax seed is probably our best source of lignans, which convert in our intestines to substances that tend to balance female hormones. Lignan can promote fertility, reduce peri-menopausal symptoms, and help toward the prevention of breast cancer. They can also prevent type 2 diabetes.
One major point to note is that the flax seeds need to be ground to make the nutrients available. Flax seed oil does not contain the benefits of ground flax seed either. I grind mine in a hand processor or sometimes can buy it in flax meal format. This however, I have purchased in larger supermarkets (normally in the gluten free section in Dubai) but can also purchase this from my organic health shop. It seems easier to purchase than my beloved coconut flour.
I cannot stress how important it is that you should have flaxseed in your daily diet. You just need to sneak it in here and there…
I find that Flax seed in Dubai is available in many of the supermarkets, as well as the Organic food store and other health food shops. It is not too difficult to find.
I thoroughly advocate the use of coconut flour. It is my favourite flour to use and is just so healthy for you. Currently I order mine from Amazon as it is not yet stocked in Dubai, but I hear that it should be coming to these shores soon. As soon as it is in Dubai I will be raising the bunting and shouting this from the rooftops! Interesting, tell me more Diva..