In recent years we’ve had a number of carb-free alternatives filling our Instagram feed.
You may have heard about cauliflower rice, broccoli pizza and courgette spaghetti (a.k.a courgetti), but have you heard about cloud bread?
Cloud bread is a grain free, low-carb and high protein bread-alternative that is made from eggs, cream cheese, cream of tartar, and sweetener.
While the bread may not resemble your average loaf of Hovis this new baked item is supposed to be seriously yummy. Created by whipping together egg whites and cream cheese, it has been given its catchy name due to its fluffy texture. The way you make the bread also means they look like little clouds…
So what are the health benefits of this bread-alternative?
Well, firstly it contains half the calories of regular bread, and secondly, per one cloud there is only 1g of carbohydrate – so its pretty much carb free.
Also being gluten free and practically carb free means it is perfect for people following paleo, gluten-free or carb restrictive diets.
According to dietian Deborah Malkoff-Cohen the healthy snack is also stuffed full of nutrients.
“Cloud bread contains numerous nutrients not found in traditional bread, including vitamin A, vitamin D, phosphorus, choline, and selenium,” Malkoff-Cohen told Women’s Health.
Containing just four ingredients means it is easy and quick to whip up at home, and just like normal bread it can be frozen and ate a later date. You can even add nuts, seeds or spices to the basic recipe to jazz up your cloud.
This all sounds too good to be true but are there any downsides to this new foodie obsession?
Malkoff-Cohen points out that if you do swap out normal bread all together you need to think carefully about how you get your fibre as cloud bread is fibre free. However if you eat a diet rich in fruit and veg you should be fine.
Will you be trying cloud bread at home?
By Elizabeth Bennett