Aquafaba

If you have ever opened a can of beans like chickpeas, kidney beans, or other legumes, you have come across aquafaba. This is the liquid you usually drain out after opening the can. I know I have drained a lot of it out in my sink. But if your dietetic preference is vegan, you may already be using it to replace egg whites in recipes.

Aquafaba also is used as a thickener since it contains starches from the legumes. There are other things vegans use to replace whole eggs but what makes aquafaba important to vegans is now they have an egg white replacer and the ability to create a meringue.

The word for this liquid was coined as aquafaba, meaning “bean water,” in 2015 by Goose Wohlt, a vegan entrepreneur. Now vegans can have things like French macarons or lemon meringue pie.

Maybe you’ll think twice before pouring that gloop down the drain!

http://aquafaba.com/

Scandi Sense Diet

So the Victor crew recently heard of a diet called the Scandi Sense Diet. Its basic premise is to eat correct portions, using your hand as a guideline. We think this is because everyone has a different size hand so the larger your hand, the more you can eat.

The basics are you get to eat four handfuls of food per meal. Calling them “meal boxes,” you can have portions in the following way: portions 1 and 2 are vegetable, portion 3 is protein, and portion 4 is starch. You can also have up to 3 TB fat and some dairy. You can swap out your portions and save some for later if you desire.

Pizza Farms

The Victor crew came across the term “pizza farm” and was curious about what that could mean. Well, they aren’t places where they reap the field and up pops a pizza! What we found out is that it is an actual farm that makes pizza but all the ingredients are grown on their farm.

Can you imagine eating a pizza with ingredients that fresh? You cannot get any fresher than this. Alas, the majority of pizza farms we found were out in the midwest in Minnesota and Wisconsin (known for its cheese). There are a few here and there in other states if you look hard enough.

Many require their guests bring their own utensils, plates, drinks. Many of the farms have live music as well. Be prepared to wait in line as they seem to be popular.

Pizza Farms in Minnesota
Pizza Farms in Wisconsin

Clean House for Weight Loss

So you know those dust bunnies you might have hanging around? Did you know they can actually increase your fat gain? A study was done and found that there are Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) that can act like estrogen. In some studies, they call this “obesogens” as they contribute to obesity.

The EDCs are ingested, absorbed, or inhaled. The EPA estimates children may consume 50mg of house dust per day. They found as little as 3 micrograms can cause measurable effects.

Time for Spring cleaning!

Read the full study here.

Gluten

So we’ve talked about gluten previously but how does it actually work? Found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats and related hybrids such as spelt and einkorn, gives elasticity to dough. It also helps your bread keep its shape and contributes to its chewiness. It is high in protein.

Bread flour is higher in gluten. Pastry flours are lower in gluten. When you knead dough it contributes to the formation of gluten dispersing through the bread and moisture helps this process. Wheat gluten is also known as seitan.

Vital wheat gluten is the powdered form that you usually add to your bread when making bread with whole wheat or rye. It is mostly just the proteins and not the starch you find in flour. Usually you add about a tablespoon to every 2-3 cups of flour. A little goes a long way and if you keep it in your freezer it should last a very long time. You certainly can make whole wheat flour without gluten but your results will be a denser loaf.

Now we certainly know there are those who cannot handle gluten but that doesn’t mean it should have a stigma on it.