A simple protein rich – sugar free pound cake recipe.
Naturally sweet, soft and fragrant for a perfect start of the day.
That breakfast is the most important meal of the day, should by now be a known fact. Breakfast sets the tone for the day. Still most of us either make the wrong choices, eat in a hurry or worst - skip it. Cappuccino and a croissant on the go, tea and cookies, packaged "cereals" like cornflakes or other sugar bombs. Giving ourselves our first #glycemicspike of the day. And though we may perceive a nice rush of energy, we are in fact starting the day by putting stress on our #pancreas. Our energy level will swing between highs and lows, quickly causing hunger, nervousness, yawning, drops in sugar, euphoria and depression. We will typically react by having a snack that will put us right back in the insulin-glucagon loop.
A balanced breakfast, with the right ratio of #carbohydrates #fats and #proteins will carry most of us through lunch time without mood swings, low blood sugar or hunger. (except for those individual with a phosphoric constitution that require small frequent meals).
Northern and Eastern Europeans, often eat a savory breakfast with whole grains, cheese, eggs and meats. In Vietnam, breakfst consists of Pho, a meat broth with vegetables and rice noodles for all day energy and stamina.
Of course if broth is not your preferred way to start the day… this delicious cake can be the perfect alternative.
Add a piece of fresh fruit, a few pumpkin seeds and a green tea. Your pancreas, your liver and your brain will thank you.
A balanced breakfast, with the right ratio of carbohydrates fats and proteins will carry most of us through lunch time without mood swings, low blood sugar or hunger.
The ingredients are simple, the cake can be prepared the day before and stored for several days. Its sweetness is due to apples, carrots and dates and can therefore be enjoyed alone, with honey or even with fresh cheeses.
Let's take a closer look at the ingredients and their properties:
#Almonds are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin E, and are an anti-inflammatory food with antioxidant that protects the body's tissues and cell membranes, slowing down cellular aging. They are excellent snacks as just a few will calm your mid-day hunger.
#carrots are also rich in antioxidants, eating them regularly, protects the walls of our blood vessels and can protect against atherosclerosis. Eat them raw to enhance the anti-carcinogenic effect especially against bowel cancer. And let's not forget that chewing carrots will consumes more calories than those ingested.
#Apples are rich in dietary fiber and in particular #pectin which is able to cleanse the body from toxic substances, apples help reduce blood sugar and, if consumed regularly, in a short amount of time, apples lower bad or #LDL #cholesterol while increasing good #HDL cholesterol. Apples are also considered valuable in the prevention of strokes and cancer. They contain B vitamins, especially B2 which protects the mucous membranes of the mouth and gut and strengthen hair and nails. Vitamin B2 also facilitates digestion, therefore apples can be consumed during or at the end of a meal.
#Dates are often avoided for their high caloric content, however if consumed in moderate quantities, the benefits outweigh the calories. And though very sweet, dates actually have a low glycemic index due to the high fibre content. Dates help digestion and bowel regularity. Another anti-inflammatory food, dates are extremely rich in antioxidants including heart healthy flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acid. Capable of lowering inflammatory markers, such as interleukin 6 (IL-6), dates are considered brain food and are a great boost for your immune system.
#OrganicEggs are a complete, nutritious and satiating food. They provide a balanced reserve of essential amino-acids and are a complete source of protein that does not weigh heavy on the wallet. Rich in vitamin A, cartenoids, lecithin, B vitamins, and vitamin K, they are one of the few food sources of vitamin D in bioavailable form. Eggs yolk also contains choline which detoxes the liver.
150 gr (1 cup) raw unpeeled almonds
80 gr (3/4 cup) whole wheat, Kamut, rye or buckwheat flour (or mix your favourite)
1 large organic carrot or 2 small
1 small organic apple or 1/2 a large one.
4 medjool pitted dates
3 tbsp unsweetened coconut milk or 2 of unsweetened almond milk
4 organic eggs
2 tsp backing powder
1 pinch of salt
Heat the oven at 175°c or 350°f
Separate the yolks from the egg whites
In a food processor or spice grinder, chop the almonds to a flour consistency
In a food processor, add the pitted dates and coconut/almond milk and process until you have a honey-like consistency. Add the egg yolks and process until fluffy and airy about 5-10 minutes.
Grate the carrots and apples and add to the egg yolks, then add the almond flour and whole wheat (or mixed) flour and finally the backing powder.
Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until firm and gently fold into your mixture.
Pour the mixture into a buttered and floured 9" bundt cake pan and bake for apron 40-50 minutes depending on your oven.