There’s a new snack that has captured the hearts of many – cloud-like in texture, contains half the calories of regular bread and just 1g of carbohydrate, yet loaded with other nutrients, versatile and can be enjoyed by various people with different dietary requirements (yes, even gluten-free or Paleo).
Cloud bread – named after its texture – is made from eggs, cream cheese, cream of tartar, and sweetener. It has a crispy texture when it comes out of the oven, then becomes soft and chewy when stored overnight in a plastic container. Check out this video on how to make it.
This wonderful creation contains numerous nutrients not found in traditional bread, including vitamin A, vitamin D, phosphorus, choline, and selenium, which are good for our eyes, bones, metabolism, cognitive function, and immunity.
Ilona Kasza, Nutritionist at Tucker Health, explains why this snack has earned so many fans, “Cloud bread tastes so much better than bread, almost like a rich fluffy omelet. It’s also a great substitute for bread, especially if you are on the run and want something quick to eat. You can prepare several pieces at the same time and store them in the fridge for whenever you are hungry. It's great with cheese, prosciutto, smoked salmon, salami and/or some vegetables.”
In addition, Ilona says that it's really beneficial to our health. “It does not elevate your glucose and insulin levels, as regular bread does. Insulin is our fat building hormone. In order to achieve weight loss, we want insulin to be as low as possible. With our blood sugar and insulin in control, we tend to feel calmer and happier (no more mood swings!), not to mention the reduction in risk for chronic diseases and obesity.”
The only difference between cloud bread and regular loaf is that the former has practically no fibre. If you are thinking about substituting bread with cloud bread, you may want to ensure you get sufficient fibre from other sources such as fruit, veggies and other whole grains.
In fact, Cynthia Sass, Health‘s contributing nutrition editor, states that cloud bread is great as an occasional treat, but it’s not a good idea to eat it instead of whole grain bread, in an effort to clean up your diet or lose weight. Carb-free diets often backfire simply because they tend to leave people hungry. This may result in us turning to unhealthy fats. Sass’ advice? “Cut back on carbs instead of completely eliminating them. If you’re craving bread, choose one with nutrient-rich, whole food ingredients, rather than processed ingredients. And stick to one slice rather than two.”
The good thing is, you can get a little adventurous and add other ingredients – including nutritious ones – into your mix, such as nuts, seeds, even spices, or a whole range of other stuff such as avocado, strawberries, bacon or cream cheese into your dough.
For those of you who are sensitive to or not big on grains, you can consider other alternatives besides cloud bread, such as bread made with flour that comes from pulses, like chickpeas, or starchy vegetables, like potatoes.
Check out #cloudbread on Instagram for the many variations of this new trendy snack. Or share with us your own attempts at making cloud bread.