Giving up bread is probably one of the hardest dietary changes for many acne patients. Most people in Western cultures have grown up eating bread. As food it’s easy, convenient, portable and fast, and that’s why we are so addicted to it.
Unfortunately bread can be a real disaster for your skin. As far as your body is concerned most breads are not that different from sugar. The carbohydrates are digested and absorbed quickly, and in people with insulin resistance this can cause insulin spikes, which of course makes hormonal acne go crazy. Most bread also contains gluten, which can be a problem for some people.
Luckily there are bread substitutes that give you the taste and feel of bread (or thereof) without harming your skin. Today I wanted to share one such recipe with you: flaxseed bread. One of the best things about this bread is that you can go from raw ingredients to warm bread at hand in just 15 minutes. This version of flax bread also tastes fairly similar than ‘real’ bread. Another good thing is that you can do this in a microwave oven – a real plus if you live in a part of the world where ovens are not that common.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup flaxseeds
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 large eggs (I use omega-3 eggs to improve the fatty acid balance)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 tbsp vanilla (I used liquid vanilla extract)
And here’s what you do with them:
- Grind the flaxseeds and chop the walnuts
- In bowl #1 mix all the dry ingredients
- In bowl #2 beat the eggs lightly and mix with the other wet ingredients
Until you get something like this.
Then combine everything in bowl #3.
Grease a microwave casserole or another microwave safe dish (I use olive oil). The dish should be about 8 inch in diameter, so that when you pour in the mixture it doesn’t get too thick, or deep (0.5 to 1 inch is good). Pour everything into the greased dish. I have some dish made of silicone, it’s oven and microwave safe.
Nuke with full power for 5 to 6 minutes. And you should get something like this.
You can also try adding some cinnamon to give this a bit of a different flavor.
This recipe yields about 10 servings. Here are the nutrition facts for a single serving (according to nutritiondata.com):
- 173 kcal
- 15g fat
- 2g saturated fat
- 4.4g omega-3
- 3.6g omega-6
- 7g carbohydrates
- 5g protein
And here’s the food summary from nutritiondata.com
As you can see, this bread is 72% fat and only 15% carbs, and most of the fat is either mono- or polyunsaturated, so this is very good for blood sugar and insulin levels. Not to mention that it tastes good and is ready in 15 to 20 minutes.