It’s funny how people have become so afraid of carbs! Carbs are not the enemy, sugar is. Our brains must have carbs to help keep its protective sheath. Which, by the way, deteriorates in people with Alzheimers. Yes, the protective sheath becomes riddled with holes.
We must eat the correct kind of carbs to fuel the body with the energy it needs to sustain life as well as be the carrier of protein molecules to the muscles. After a good workout is the best time to eat carbs with protein to feed the starved muscle. Funny, protein molecules NEED a carb molecule in which to attach to get into the muscle. That’s why it is crucial you eat the right kind of carbs.
Here is a great recipe to start you day with an egg or cheese or as a side for a salad or lean protein lunch or dinner.
– 1 pound peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
– 2 tablespoons healthy oil (I used coconut but you can also use olive or even organic butter)
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 2 eggs (1 egg if using whole wheat pastry flour)
– 1 cup coconut flour or almond flour (or 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour) + more for kneading
– oil for cooking
– salt and pepper to taste.
– Put your potatoes in a large pot of water and boil until soft.
– Drain the water and mash in the oil and salt.
– When the mashed potatoes are still warm (NOT hot!), quickly stir in the eggs.
– Add the flour and stir until you have dough.
– Turn the dough out onto a work surface, and gently knead by hand, adding flour as you go. Remember, this is very soft dough. You want to add enough flour to keep it from sticking to everything, but not so much that flour is all you taste when you eat them.
– Press or roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.
– Using a small glass or round cookie cutter, cut out circles and place in a skillet with warmed oil.
– Cook on low to medium heat until brown on both sides. They will burn quickly if the heat is too high. Take your time.
– Serve with maple syrup or savory toppings such as salt or raw cheese. [Credit: The GraciousPantry.com]