OK I know that it’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe, but to be quite frank, I’ve had a complete redirection of focus and intentions as to what my message is with HealthyHumanz. Within the time that I haven’t been posting, there has been a huge learning curve, which I am so excited to share with you all through the power of the food!
Of course, I have still been experimenting in the kitchen with trials and errors of what works and what doesn’t. As of right now, my core focus is still to create an advocate foods that are oil free, primarily plant-based, and now, shifting into gear with more anti fungal foods.
I’ll elaborate why anti-fungal foods are important in a later post.
With that being said, I would love to introduce you to my latest recipe, cassava tortillas!
I recently made these this past week, and have been experimenting with them along with different flavors, spices, herbs, and overall themes of what a tortilla has the potential to be and taste like!
As I’ve mentioned before, food not only nourishes our body but it also nourishes our soul.
Many of us have learned that consuming food can be a viewed as a negative action. Often, this is determined by someone else visual perspective of body type, shape, and figure. It is my mission at this point to spearhead awareness towards every person I come in contact with in regards to loving yourself, and using the foods that you choose to consume as a source of self-love. Making a conscious effort to love your body as you make choices with food that directly affect you, and your body temple.
When I was younger, I learned this belief that eating food was only going to contribute to weight gain. That if I chose to eat the foods that I really really loved, I would continue to gain weight and always be the “bigger kid.”
Again, I have become very clear in my mission, and it is to show people that they can still enjoy the food they absolutely love, the foods that bring comfort to their soul, the foods that contribute to even healing their soul with the memories that are attached to them. It is 100% possible to achieve a thriving healthstyle in a modified fashion.
With that being said, let me share with you what makes cassava so amazing!
While cassava roots are close to what we know as white potatoes, cassava contains almost twice the calories, and may be the highest-calorie tuber known. One cup of boiled cassava contains 330 calories, 78 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of protein and 4 grams each of fiber and sugar.3
Being naturally gluten-free, cassava is extremely useful for celiac patients and others trying to avoid gluten. One aspect of cassava is that it’s one of several root foods defined by the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology as having a low glycemic index (GI) and therefore good for diabetics.
“GI is a classification of food based on the blood glucose response to a food relative to a standard glucose solution. Low glycemic foods control the release of glucose into the bloodstream at a steady and sustained rate, keeping the body’s metabolic processes and energy levels balanced.
People with low glycemic diets or [who] eat low glycemic foods are said to have lower risk of getting coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
These food items that have low GI would benefit those who are already suffering from diabetes, since these would help in the proper control and management of blood sugar.”4
As a low-GI food, eating cassava can also help improve physical endurance because blood glucose levels are moderated instead of dropping when insulin is produced.
Low-GI foods also may help control triglyceride and other lipid levels in your blood. Cassava has even been called a “weight loss wonder food” due to its ability to decrease appetite and decrease fat storage in fat cells.5
B-complex vitamins contained in cassava include folate, thiamin, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and riboflavin (vitamin B2). The root also includes a number of minerals that perform important functions throughout your body:
Iron helps form the two proteins responsible for transporting oxygen to your tissues
Zinc helps your immune system fight bacteria and aids cell growth and division
Calcium helps form strong bones and teeth
Magnesium optimizes mitochondrial function and helps regulate blood sugar
Potassium synthesizes proteins and helps break down carbohydrates
Manganese is vital for connective tissue and sex hormones, and repairing joints
Cassava also contains saponins that can ease inflammation, break down organic body wastes like uric acid, cleanse mineral deposits from your joints and help balance your gut flora.”
Let’s get you cookin!
1 cup cassava flour (Otto’s)
1 tbsp flax meal
1 tbsp ground chia
1/4 tsp pink salt
1/2- 1 cup purified water
Using a coffee grinder or a high speed blender, grind your chia seed and flax seed. You can grind them together.
Mix dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl
Warm your water in a stainless steel pot
Pour warm water over dry ingredients
**If making a flavored tortilla, blend herbs, spices, etc with warm water, then pour & proceed**
With clean hands, begin to kneed your dough
Once dough is the consistency of playdough, Roll into balls like the photo below
Tear two large sheets of parchment paper
Lay one down on your counter, and place dough ball on top, then place other sheet of parchment paper over it, with the ball in between the two sheets.
Using your palm over the top sheet, flatten the ball as much as possible.
Using your rolling pin, roll your rolling pin over top sheet of parchment paper as you roll out your dough, evenly. Continue to roll until your dough is as thin as you can get it, or to your desired thickness
For “proper” tortilla circle shape, use a bowl as a stencil to shape your circular tortilla. Flip your bowl upside down to do this so the rim side is your “cutting” edge. Use the left over scraps to make another little tortilla snack!
As you are rolling your tortillas, you can begin preheating your non toxic non stick griddle to cook your tortillas. Preheat pan on medium/high for at least 5 minutes for ready to cook temperature.
When you toss your tortilla on the pan to cook, bring the heat down and keep at medium. Let tortilla cook for about 30 seconds on each side, or at least until it begins to subtly bubble up. Then, flip to heat other side.
Once they’re done, you can eat them however you want! They should be quite pliable.
Enjoy a dessert with warmed cherries…
If you are making enough for your week, make sure to wrap them properly so they are not exposed to oxygen. you can wrap well in parchment paper followed by sealing them in glassware containers. Can freeze and thaw out as well.
Love to enjoy these as savory or sweet treats! Just depends on what you eat them with!
Eat with satisfaction and confidence you are fueling yourself with the best!