If you’re planning a holiday or need a quick meal, you might want to consider a fresh fruit and veg recipe, says food blogger and nutritionist Joanne Wood, whose blog is full of holiday ideas.
Here’s what you need to know about the different types of flours.
The term “flour” is derived from the Latin word for “grain” or “bread”.
It was first used in 1798, but its meaning has evolved over time, says Wood, who’s written for several major food magazines.
In the US, flour is a term for a flour product that has been baked in a mould.
In Australia, it’s a term used to describe a bakery product that’s baked in pre-heated ovens.
“Flour is made from a mixture of wheat flour and water, and is usually made from white, white, and oat flour,” she says.
Flour jars can contain a range of different types, with different nutritional and flavour qualities.
Food blogger Joanne Woods says she uses all types of flour in her recipes, but says a key part of her recipes is to have a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables in the ingredients.
“A lot of the time, we’ll have something like fruit and vegetables with a little bit of a flavour to it,” she explains.
But it’s not just fresh ingredients you’ll need, she says, and there are some foods you may want to skip, such as white bread, crackers and bread that’s not made from wheat.
“If you’re looking for something that’s actually a gluten-free flour, look for a bread that has the right amount of gluten in it, so it won’t turn into a powdery dough,” she advises.
You’ll also need to make sure the flour has a good balance of minerals, including calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, and it’s made from whole grain, not refined grain.
“You need to use whole grain in a variety of foods to get a good quality flour,” Wood says.
“We don’t like whole grain breads.”
“If you’ve got a healthy diet, and you’re not going to get the health benefits from refined grain, try to include whole grain food in your diet,” says Wood.
“Just make sure you do it at least a couple of times a week.
That way, you’ll get all the nutrients in it.”