Food not only gives us energy, but it's also an integral part of the communities we come from. When you eat with someone else or share food at an event like Christmas and Easter; those moments become more special because they represent shared experiences.
Food has always been a part of my Croatian culture and will continue to be so in the future. It’s how we keep traditions alive from one generation to another, passing on memories through what we eat with friends and family members alike!
But when it does come to food for fuel, and the best types are those that come from nature. I follow a functional, anti-inflammatory approach to nutrition and where possible like to avoid refined gluten, refined sugars poor quality dairy or unhealthy fats. Over the last 10 years this has helped me to optimise my health.
Natural Fats & Metabolic Rate
I love including these Low Carb Bread Rolls as part of my breakfast along with eggs, avocado and spinach or tomato. The first meal of the day provides your body with fuel (energy) and kick starts your metabolism. Including a good source of protein and natural fats for breakfast will help rest your metabolic rate to a faster pace.
When it comes to fats, I like to avoid hydrogenated fats or manufactured trans fats found in deep fried or baked goods, margarine as well as seed & vegetable oils. This is because their structure can be highly unstable in the presence of heat, light or oxygen and can turn rancid, causing them to be highly inflammatory. This can lead to hormonal imbalances and chronic health conditions.
I always cook with stable saturated fats like butter, coconut oil and animal fat, extra virgin olive oil is also great for low temperatures. I opt for full fat quality dairy products as skim milk and ‘low fat’ dairy products are often fortified with powered skim products and refined sugars.
Low Carb Bread Rolls
Recipe makes 6 Bread rolls
1 cup psyllium husk
1 1/3 cups almond meal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup water
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
Sesame seeds for topping (optional)
Preheat the oven to180 degrees, line tray with baking paper.
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then add wet ingredients. Mix until ingredients are combined but be sure not to overmix the dough.
Moisten hands with a little olive oil and shape dough into 6 separate rolls. Top with optional sesame seeds.
Bake on lower rack in the oven for 50–60 minutes, depending on the size of your bread rolls.
Serve with butter and toppings of your choice like smoked salmon, eggs, smashed avocado and goats cheese.