As you may know by now, I subscribe to the Paleo method of eating. I like to focus on total body fitness, not just cycling fitness. So, good eating habits is something that I stay focused on just like I focus on riding a bicycle. Good eating habits, I believe, make it possible for to ride harder and train harder and recover faster. Not to mention that eating right will probably cause your body to lose unnecessary weight.
Anyway, Paleo does not recognize bread or pasta as food that our body was designed to process. In fact, processed grains not only do not have any nutritional value, they actually have what are known as anti-nutrients. These anti-nutrients remove nutrition from your body, so they have a net negative nutritional value. That is not good especially for cyclists that like to push themselves to their limits on a regular basis.
The absence of breads in my diet is missed sometimes and I just want something like bread to eat. Unprocessed ground flaxseed makes a great base for a great Paleo bread that has no anti-nutrients. My wife Mel is a fabulous cook, and she just whipped this up a few minutes ago. It is called Flaxseed Foccacia and it is a flatbread that slice up into sandwich size squares.
If you would like learn more about bread and grains and anti-nutrients, here is an article with a great explanation.
2 cups ground flaxseeds 1tsp baking powder (not paleo) 4 eggs 1⁄2 cup water 1/3 cup olive oil Salt
Pre-heat oven to 180degrees Celsius, fan-forced. Place dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine well. Add water, olive oil and eggs and mix well.
Line a baking tray with baking paper and pour in flaxseed mixture, run a spatula over the mixture to create an even layer with 1-1.5cm thickness.
Place in oven for 20min, or until cooked through.
NOTE: If you would prefer not to use baking powder, separate 2-3 eggs and beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold into the Foccacia mixture. This will help in aerating the mixture.
Do you like eat healthy? There is so much mis-information out there about nutrition that it is really hard to tell if you are actually eating right. What do you think?