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When I started paying attention to better nutrition, watching my carb intake was important.
Not, that I don't t eat carbs, but I have to be mindful of the "kind" of carbs I put in my body.
Because I'm sensitive to "simple" carbs such as white flour, sugar, regular pasta, white bread, etc, I limit these foods and made the switch to eating more "whole" carbs into my healthy lifestyle, such as spelt and wheat flours, whole fruit, beans, sweet potatoes and whole grains.
I still have the mindset, everything in moderation, so I am not on a specific way of eating, but most of my days I do lean towards "clean" eating. That means, I limit processed foods and tend to eat food more in its natural state.
So part of a healthy lifestyle is consuming nuts. They contain good fats, dietary fiber that helps to keep you full, with the benefit of having antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They also are naturally low in carbs.
You can simply eat nuts on their own for a snack, but did you know most nuts can be purchased or ground to make flour?
By using nut flour, you will consume less carbs and in return get a healthy boost of nutrition!
Nut flours can be used in healthy baking. This takes some experimenting, but you can generally swap out some portion of the flour in your favorite recipes.
Also, nut flours are versatile and can be used to dredge chicken, fish or seafood instead of regular flour while also imparting great flavor.
One favorite flour that is simply delicious is pistachio flour. I use it for coating seafood and chicken but it is also tasty blended into a smoothie such as my Golden Milk Mango Protein Shake full of healthy ingredients and with the addition of ground pistachios, it won't disappoint your taste buds!
You can use another nut flour of your choice from my suggested recipe ideas, but if you are looking for a nut flour such as pistachio which can be a challenge to find in most stores, you can find it online at the link below.
Pistachio Nut Flour
As you can see, using nut flours can be a healthy addition that can be used for multiple purposes.
Eat Good, Look Good! Feel Good!
Vanessa LaBranche/Chef Instructor-Culinary Educator