My Strange Ingredients!
Having trouble finding an ingredient? Need Gluten/Lactose free substitutions? Questions? Email me and I'll add it to the list!
Plantain Coconut Tea
- I'm not a tea person, but I love this tea!
- Gives recipes a wonderful banana flavour without added calories, carbs or starch.
- Available online and carried by some coffee shops (Beans and Brews).
Walden Farms Syrups/Sauces:
- Most syrups sweetened with Splenda
- Walden Farms has a ton of calorie free/sugar free options. So far, I've tried Blue Cheese, Caramel, Chocolate, Pancake and Ketchup. They're all great, except for the ketchup.
- Can be found in diabetic section, sometimes the pharmacy, or lumped in with other table syrups (but not very often).
- Available online.
- 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.
- 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 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).
- A vegan protein that's a lot easier to bake with than whey!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.