Low-Carb Thickeners Help The Healthy Balance!
No need to panic when it comes to cooking healthy and delicious Low Carb Healthy Fat sauces, soups, stews, casseroles or baked goods with our top ideas on LCHF friendly thickening agents!
Why a healthy thickener?
As you change the way you eat and become aware of hidden additives and unhealthy inclusions in food products you may have often chosen, you will need a few ideas up your sleeve when it comes to the healthier products you can choose to thicken your creations with!
Here are a few we love...
Arrowroot is starch and a popular thickener, it is
Use to thicken: sauces, gravies, soup, fillings, puddings, baked goods
Substitute for: cornstarch, wheat flour
Not good for
Tapioca is used to thicken some of the same things you use can use arrowroot flour for. However, tapioca is very different from arrowroot. Tapioca is a good flour for anything you will freeze and reheat later because it stays stable in cold temperatures. Tapioca is great for binding ingredients in a recipe and creates a chewy texture in baked goods. Unlike arrowroot, you can use tapioca with dairy products, but you shouldn't use it with acidic foods.
Use to thicken: Sauces, gravies, glazes, soups, baked goods, puddings
Substitute for: cornstarch, wheat flour,
Not good for
Nuts are great thickeners - think of the thickness of nut
Use to thicken: soups, sauces, dips, many
Psyllium husk is a popular type of plant-based fiber. It’s also nearly calorie-free since it’s virtually all fiber. Psyllium is tasteless, grain-free, low-carb, and it helps aid digestion. You usually only need about 1/2 teaspoon per single serving recipe for it to thicken a recipe quite well.
Use to thicken: soups, stews, smoothies, baked goods, and homemade sauces
Greek yogurt, thicker than traditional yogurt, can be used in many different types of recipes and replace many ingredients. It goes great with spicy dishes, such as Indian curries and Mexican mince, as the tart taste helps cool spicy flavors. Naturally creamy it is
Use to thicken: sauces, dips, dressings, baked goods, and smoothies
You can use avocado for a lot more than just guacamole. Because of its natural creamy texture, all you have to do with avocados is mash it up with a fork or puree it and it can become a versatile thickener.
Use to thicken: Smoothies, mousse, frosting, dips, dressings
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