FLOUR POWER – 3 HEALTH-BOOSTING ALTERNATIVES TO WHITE FLOUR
Forget plain or self-raising. Try these health-boosting alternatives next time. Your body and waistline will thank us for it.
WHITE SPELT FLOUR
342 calories per 100g
What is it? Spelt husks are tougher than wheat husks, with high protein levels. Protein’s easier to digest, so although the flour is not suitable for a gluten-free diet, it can be tolerated by some people who are allergic to common wheat.
Taste: Deep nutty flavor.
Use it in: Everything, bread to biscuits, cakes – for a ‘spelt’ figure.
335 calories per 100g
What is it? Buckwheat isn’t, in fact, wheat at all. The seed in question is that of a bushy plant related to rhubarb and sorrel. It is rich in vitamin K, an essential nutrient for blood health, it’s also gluten-free, so is great for coeliacs.
Taste: Slightly sour and nutty.
Use it in: Great with powerful flavors, so use for quiches and pies.
540 calories per 100g
What is it? Ground almonds have a soft, grainy consistency similar to granulated sugar. With the same health benefits as eating whole almonds, they can lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke.
Taste: Buttery and, er, nutty.
Use it in: Gives a dense, moist texture to cakes and biscuits.