Cloud Bread: Zero-Carb Miracle Food?

WRITTEN BY Zena Wozniak

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If it’s carb-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free, can you really still call it bread?

According to Pinterest, the answer is a resounding yes. This four-ingredient recipe has been popularly adapted to replace hamburger buns, pizza crusts, danishes, and about every other carb indulgence you can think of.

Cloud Bread: A Nutritionist’s Take

Cloud bread might be a godsend for those who are gluten intolerant, but HUM nutritionist Alex Caspero warns the rest of us against swearing off carbs in an attempt to lose weight.

“I dislike that carbs are so vilified. I see so many clients whose diets are so high in animal proteins and very low in carbohydrates, and it’s not making them any healthier. When we look at longevity studies, most populations eat a high-carbohydrate diet. It’s the type of carbohydrates that matter,” she says.

“I don’t think cloud bread is unhealthy, but I won’t be trading in my whole-wheat bread anytime soon.”

Now seems like a good time to remind athletes that carbohydrates remain the most efficient source of energy. Even for non-athletes, a minimum of 130 grams of carbohydrates a day is ideal for optimum brain functionality.

For that reason, we recommend keeping whole-grain carbohydrates (such as oats, brown rice, and quinoa) in your diet. Cloud bread merely makes for a fun supplement, containing vitamin A, vitamin D, phosphorus, choline, and selenium.

Cloud Bread Recipe (via Mind over Munch)

PREP
5
COOK
20
SERVES
4

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp full-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar or baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt

SUPPLIES

  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F with two baking trays covered in parchment paper inside.
  2. Separate egg yolks and whites into two separate bowls.
  3. Mix together the egg yolks, cream cheese, and salt until smooth.
  4. Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar (or baking soda) in the other bowl until you see stiff peaks.
  5. Fold the egg-yolk mixture into the egg whites until thoroughly incorporated.
  6. Remove the baking trays from the oven and scoop the mixture into circles with a four-inch diameter.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool and store in a plastic bag.

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