Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Strange Ingredients!

My Strange Ingredients!

Having trouble finding an ingredient? Need Gluten/Lactose free substitutions? Questions? Email me and I'll add it to the list!

Physillium Husks:
  • Physillium husks can be difficult to find, and sometimes tricky in recipes that aren't baked. This is because, despite being gluten free, this ingredient binds together similar to gluten.
  • Among many other benefits, physillium is a colon-cleanser, regulates insulin levels and helps to keep you full!
  • It can be found in most health food stores and in pharmacy sections of larger grocery stores.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water when you initially start eating physillium! Some people experience bloating because of physillium's high fibre content - this will go away as your body adjusts. Water will help with this.

Sugar-Free Syrups:

  • Many coffee shops will carry and sell sugar-free coffee syrups in various flavours - you just have to ask :)
  • SF syrups can be found in the coffee isle at some grocery stores.
  • You can buy SF coffee syrups at Starbucks - Again, you just need to ask what flavours of SF they have. They're often kept behind the cashier.
  • They're great for baking and smoothies!

Inulin Fiber:

  • Inulin fiber is a vegetable based fibre that doesn't effect the consistency of recipes.
  • It's great for smoothies and 'No-bake' recipes because, unlike physillium, it doesn't 'congeal' .
  • Again, inulin fibre can be found at health food stores, in the pharmacy section of your grocery store or at drug stores (near the Metamucil).

Pea Protein:

  • A vegan protein that's a lot easier to bake with than whey!
  • LF/GF
  • Can be found at Health Food Stores, large grocery stores, or purchased online.


  • This product is powdered peanut butter - it's great for travelling and adding more peanut flavour to recipes without the high calories of regular peanut butter.
  • PB2 is also great for "travel-shakes" and other protein snacks "to-go".
  • In the U.S. I've usually been able to find PB2 at most grocery stores, beside the regular peanut butters.
  • In Canada, it can be found at Nutrition House. 

Nutritional Yeast:

  • Just a few TBSPs of nutritional yeast adds a significant amount of protein to any savoury dish (soup, spaghetti, popcorn, nachos, cabbage rolls, eggs, etc)!
  • High in B vitamins, fiber and protein!
  • Vegan and GF
  • Cheesey taste - often used as a vegan substitute for cheese.
  • Amino Acids - great for muscles and recovery!

Unsweetened Coconut Milk:

  • I'm sure many have made the mistake of using regular coconut milk in my recipes! I use this product because it's significantly lower in calories, sugar and fat than regular coconut milk, it's lactose/soy free and still has a lovely taste!
  • It can be found with other 'cartoned' milks (soy, rice, almond, etc). 
  • You can substitute any milk for this product. 

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