I have always loved breakfast but was never one for waffles. With toppings like sugar based berry sauce and whipped cream drizzled with maple syrup they looked more like a dessert than breakfast. I always found them to be too filling, leaving me feeling tired and dragged down. That is not exactly a great way to fuel ones body for the day.
That was then, this is now.
I found Keto.
What is Keto?
The Ketogenic way of eating is a high fat, high protein, low carb lifestyle. Our bodies use the carbs and sugar (glucose) we eat to fuel our bodies. Because we are using sugar for energy, fat is stored in our bodies. On the Ketogenic way of eating we wean our bodies off of sugar by reducing the amount of sugar and carbs we consume. Ultimately our goal is to get our bodies into a state of Ketosis. Many of the carbs we eat convert to sugars so cutting back on sugar alone will not get out bodies into a state of Ketosis.
What is Ketosis?
1 to 3 weeks after we stop eating sugars, including those in found fruit and limiting our carb intake, our bodies no longer have the sugar to burn for energy. It is at this point our livers start to produce Ketones. Once your body reaches this metabolic state it begins burning fat for energy in place of sugar. Think about that for a moment. Our bodies burning fat for energy. It is that simple. It can not only transform the way you look, more importantly it can change the way you feel. Drastically. Imagine being Diabetic and just by eating more fat and protein and cutting back on carbs YOU can reverse the disease, to the point where you no longer need to take medication and insulin. That’s pretty powerful. And once you wrap your head around the idea of eating fat to lose weight it is easy. I talked about the few of the reasons I am now enjoying a Ketogenic lifestyle in an earlier post when I made Keto friendly pizza.
Once you commit to the Ketogenic way of eating you discover that you will need replacements for the wheat filled foods you ate in the past. Breads, cookies, crackers, cakes, waffles are all off limits using regular wheat flour. The great thing is there are easy delicious recipes using coconut and almond flours.
Gluten Free Flours
Cooking and baking with alternative flours is a bit different then using traditional white and whole wheat flour. Coconut and almond flours do not contain gluten so it needs to be treated differently to produce favourable results. The great thing is the internet is a huge resource for amazing Ketogenic recipes and you can find a substitute for all the foods you love and enjoy. Gluten is in the wheat we grew up eating, giving the dough its strength and elasticity, it is what causes dough to rise and gives breads its shape. It also causes brain fog, inflammation, celiac disease and a huge number of health issues that many do not even realize is happening in their bodies simply because they are eating wheat. If you want to know more about what eating wheat does to your body a great watch on Netflix is The Magic Pill. Though I have done a lot of research on Ketogenics, the information I found in watching that show was quite eye opening.
This recipe for Coconut Flour Keto Waffles is quick, easy and delicious. Be sure to make extra to share (they are so good they could easily become your go to waffle for the entire family) or pop a few into the freezer for a quick meal.
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla or almond extract or a combination of both
- 1 tablespoon Lakanto
- 4 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1-2 tablespoons of butter - melted
- Place cream cheese, eggs, almond or vanilla extract and Lakanto into a blender.
- Blend well.
- Add baking powder, coconut flour and melted butter and blend again until well combined.
- Pour aproximately ¾ of a cup of batter into a preheated waffle maker.
- Close the lid and cook for 5 -6 minutes or until there is just a touch of steam coming out of the waffle maker.
- Remove gently with a spatula.
- Top with butter, berries, whipped cream and Keto maple syrup.