Coming off or reducing the amount of grains that we eat can be challenging to say the least, especially when eating out. The most difficult times are breakfast, 11 am and 4.00pm snack time. One feels a little peckish and then we tend to pick at anything that is to hand.
So here are a few ideas that might help you on the new road of healthy eating:
If you live in Cork pop along to the Quay Co-op on Sullivans Quay. This shop is a health food shop rather than a health supplement shop. Nancy and her staff will be there to guide you to select either spelt flour bread, biscuits etc or oat flour products and even paleo – no grain snacks.
The biggest thing you want avoid – is SUGAR and CORN SYRUP. If a honey or rice syrup etc has been added look where the ingredient is in the ingredient list. If it is at number two or three then it could be very high in sugar based ingredients. Again ask the staff if you are unsure – ‘is this product very sweat?’ If it is avoid it.
Here are a few brands for you to try but again always check the labels for that SUGAR.
Nairns – biscuit gluten free range primarily made with oats.
This range is made by Kargs Organic spelt whole grain biscuits. My only concern is that some people’s teeth might find them a little hard to eat.
In the Quay Co-op are a range of scones that are made from spelt flour – they are made also with vegan spread so no diary added – they do have sugar – so only for a the occasional treat.
I rather like this Italian brand of biscuits- La Fenestra sul Chielo which means ‘the window in the sky’. The one is made from Spelt flour and not laden with sugar – so lovely with a cup of tea/coffee and also with a topping such as guacamole etc .
Pasta is the next carbohydrate that people love to eat but again if gluten is proving an issue then try these brands. Some gluten free pasta can be a real challenge, my favourite being Garofallo the Italian Gluten free brand. Garofallo is found in Lettercolm Kitchen project in Clonakilty. The Garofallo pastais made with quinoa, rice flour and corn. The pasta in the picture is made by Explore Cuisine and are made with pulses such as beans and rice and is available at the Quay Co-op – Cork.