Smart Swaps For Flour
If you’re someone who enjoys baking healthy treats in the kitchen to add to your diet plan and compliment the intense treadmill workouts you’ve been doing lately, one thing that you will want to give some consideration to is the different ingredient replacements that you can use to ensure that you sustain optimal nutrition.
In many cases, you can completely transform a recipe from what would have otherwise been an unhealthy option to something that is going to fit right in with your diet plan.
The trick is to understand what swaps you can make and whether they will influence the integrity of the recipe entirely.
One such swap to make is with whole wheat flour. While small amount of flour won’t do you all that much harm, if it’s a regular part of your day, it’s not exactly your best option.
That’s where the following exchanges will come into play perfectly. These smart swaps are far more nutrition and will help you reach your fat loss goals.
Oat flour is the first great swap to consider. This one is nice because it’s going to be a higher carbohydrate swap, so will have similar macronutrient profiles as regular flour (only it is slightly higher in protein content). It does, however, also contain far more dietary fiber, so that’s the big plus with going with oat flour.
This one bakes up relatively nicely so can be used as a direct exchange in most cases.
Coconut flour is an interesting swap to consider if you want to try something totally different with the recipe. Coconut flour is perfect for those who are following a lower carb diet since the fats found in coconut are the medium chain triglycerides, which are going to provide a better and faster source of energy than most other fats you consume.
Coconut flour does bake slightly different than regular flour, so consider a half and half approach.
The third substitute that you can use for regular flour is almond flour. Almond flour is a lower carb source of flour and will instead contain healthy fats. This flour will give off a much nuttier taste to the dish, so just be aware of that when adding it in.
Almond flour can work well in most recipes, and even if you don’t want to swap all the flour for almond flour, you can just as easily swap out half the regular flour for almond flour, keeping the other half standard.
It all depends on just how serious you are about your diet and whether any flour whatsoever will be tolerated.
Finally, for the gluten free crowd who still does want to keep the carbohydrate count higher in their recipe, rice flour can work well in many recipes. This will be a fat free variation of flour so can be used in muffins, cookies, or other healthy baked goods you want to use as a post-workout treat after a hard session.
As long as you have some protein powder incorporated into the recipe as well, you should have a fairly balanced snack on your hands.
So next time you’re gearing up to head into the kitchen, keep these flour varieties in mind. You can virtually turn any regular recipe healthier with some smart substitutes.
To learn more about gluten free diets, please see this article.