Review: “No Whites” Baking Book by Jennifer De Vries
“How to Make Baked Goods Without White Flour and White Sugar”
This is a terrific book about baked goods that are great for prediabetics. The author is Jennifer De Vries and I recently met her online talking about prediabetes. She told me about this new book that she just published, so I said I want to check it out and I’m glad I did, it is a great resource for prediabetics. She was told that she had prediabetes just like millions of other Americans. Her doctor told her to go on a “no whites diet”. As you may have read in some of my other articles the “white stuff” all turns into sugar in our body.
What I love about Jennifer’s situation is that she took charge, learned and found ways to make great baked goods without the traditional white flour and white sugar. This is exactly the kind of mentality we need to take charge of prediabetes and overcome it. Instead of doing without, she has come up with some great recipes in her new book “No Whites” Baking Book that are healthy and taste great.
Jennifer has dialed in on the best ingredients to use that are easy to find and are not complicated. I usually find that the more simple things are the better. She has put a lot of research into which ingredients provide the right sweetness and texture in baked goods. This is very important because some flour can be grainy and some sugars cook differently as she notes in her book.
As a former prediabetic myself I am really impressed with the list of about 7 non-white sugars that she uses. Using the right sugar is so important for prediabetics. There are enough sweeteners out there that you don’t have to give up your sweet tooth. White sugar needs to be cut out but there are many other choices.
Another method that Jennifer uses in her baked goods that I think is ingenious is combining protein powder in her baked goods mix. What this does is even out the sugars so that it does not spike. Doing this balances the intake of proteins, fiber and carbohydrates and allows your body to metabolize the sugar more slowly over time. I had learned about doing this from other research by combining different foods when eating a meal, but to combine it all in the same food is a brilliant idea.
This book is packed with great recipes for baked goods like cookies, snacks, quick breads and coffee cake along with cakes and frosting’s, cobblers and pies-Yum! There are about 38 great recipes that are sure to please. She also lists some store bought snacks and mixes in the back of the book that she has researched that are safe for prediabetics.
A great resource for those of us that need to avoid the high sugar and still enjoy great baked goods. Thanks Jennifer, great job!
For more on sugar please visit my “Sugar” page here. Great video there about sugar that is a real eye opener.
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