It has been forbidden for as long as I have been living a ketogenic lifestyle. Until now! I have made a delicious and healthy way to put bread back in the bread basket. My Italian focaccia bread recipe is proof that you can have your sandwich and eat it too!
Some foods are easier to let go of than others. I have a friend who cannot resist a great sandwich. It gets in the way of her health goals all the time. Why? Because it reminds her of her youth and the comfort food she ate after playing hockey as a child. Our past experiences play a large role in our food cravings. Come join me to learn more about your cravings and how they affect you in the Crave Cure Guide.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids Make This Italian Focaccia Bread Recipe Very Healthy
Any social media site today is full of articles spouting the glorious health benefits of a diet rich in omega 3s. They are very important to your metabolism and how your cells function within your body. It seems that there is lots of confusion for people. I’d like to help you make sense of some of this information. Omega 3 fatty acids are an essential fat which means that your body requires it. But, your body cannot create it and therefore you must get it through your diet.
The great news for you is that I’ve made it easy to get them in my Italian focaccia bread recipe. Omega 3 can be found in flax seed, pumpkin seed, hemp seeds, walnuts and fish oils. You’ll find flax seeds in this recipe along with a dose of delicious.
So What’s the Difference Between Flax and Salmon?
I don’t think I need to explain the actual difference between these foods, but rather the difference in the types of omega-3s found in them. Flax seeds provide Omega-3s in the form of ALA or Alpha-linolenic acid. Salmon provides omega-3 fatty acids in the form of EPA (Eicosapentanoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexanoic acid). Both of these are omega-3s, just different types. Both have anti-inflammatory properties and are required by the body.
Something to be mindful of is that omega-3s are very sensitive to heat and air and oxidize quickly. Its always best to grind your flax seeds just before using them to get the most nutritional benefits from them. Also, never cook with either flax seed or fish oils. These delicate oils are best used cold, kept in the refrigerator and consumed quickly. It is definitely advised to cook salmon before eating it unless you are consuming sushi grade salmon from a reputable source.
Like with most other nutrients, it is best to consume omega-3s from a variety of sources for optimal nutrition. Don’t be afraid to mix things up!
Italian Focaccia Bread Recipe
- 2 cups freshly grounded flax seed meal ( I used golden flax seed) ( approximately 1.5 cup of whole flax seed)
- 5 whisked eggs
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup avocado oil or coconut oil melted
- 1 tsp Dried rosemary (optional)
- 1 tsp Dried oregano (optional)
- (Optional) sweetener- 1 tbsp coconut sugar / 1 tbsp stevia powder or xylitol / 10 drops stevia extract would be good options.
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Place parchment paper at the bottom in a 9x9 pan and set aside.
- 2. Mix dry ingredients well — a whisk works well.
- 3. Add wets to dries and combine well.
- 4. Let batter set for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken up some (leave it too long and it gets past the point where it’s easy to spread.)
- 5. Spoon batter into pan and spread out.
- 6. Bake for about 20 minutes, until it springs back when you touch the top and/or is visibly browned.
- 7. Cool and cut into whatever size slices you want.