It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Why not indulge in the most wonderful foods in the world! Try a healthy yet tasty alternative like Ligurian Focaccia bread.
Focaccia is a kind of Italian yeast bread cooked in flat sheet pans. Focaccia dough is seasoned with olive oil and often covered with herbs and other vegetables to bring out the extra flavours. Among very old traditions in Liguria, one is to have Focaccia bread for breakfast, where they like it better than croissants.
What Toppings Are Best For Focaccia Bread Art?
There are several variations on the authentic (or plain) focaccia. One technique to enhance other flavours is by using toppings. Focaccia bread toppings usually include olives, tomatoes, mushrooms, or green onions. Even Rosemary focaccia is fairly admired and sage is another herb that is frequently incorporated in place of rosemary.
Focaccia bread on its own tastes wonderful. It can be divided into a number of shapes such as squares, triangles, long skinny rectangles. Owing to its thickness, focaccia bread can be used to prepare sandwiches by slicing it in half. Moreover, it is a scrumptious add-on to a bread basket or a wonderful side dish to a bowl of soup or a salad. Not just that, the sweet variety of focaccia can even be had for dessert or perhaps for breakfast in place of toast. Focaccia accompanied with cappuccino makes for a remarkable combination.
Great as a Healthy Breakfast
Prepared with flour, water, salt, yeast and extra-virgin olive oil, when focaccia is eaten in the right manner and in the right quantity, it’s a great substitute for breakfast pastries and packaged baked goods like cookies and sweets. A nutritionist, Valentina Schirò, claims if focaccia bread is prepared as per the tradition using modest and scarcely processed ingredients, it makes the breakfast healthier.
Rich in Vitamin B and Complex Carbs That Provide Energy
As a matter of fact, it provides carbs that keep you full for longer, and vitamin B that facilitates the absorption of fats, proteins and sugar and helps in producing energy and good fats, links for the heart and brain health.
It does not comprise of simple sugars such as sucrose, which progresses blood glucose spikes resulting in sudden hunger pangs. Instead, this type of bread gives complex carbs that gradually provides energy to the body and help regulate blood sugar levels well.
Whole Wheat Focaccia is Rich in Vitamins, Minerals and Fiber
Focaccia gets an extra edge if it’s made with whole wheat flour. It carries even more vitamins, minerals and fibre. Fibre helps in slowing down the breakdown of sugars which in turn extends the feeling of fullness, shrinking the appetite in the morning.
Extra Virgin Olive oil in the Focaccia contains Good Fats
Another benefit of the bread is that it is prepared with extra-virgin olive oil, which is filled with good fats instead of butter or palm oil in other packaged baked goods. These packaged goods with loads of butter can contain hydrogenated fats, which can push the levels of bad cholesterol when taken in excess only to harm your health.
So when are you trying your own version of Focaccia for the festive season at home?
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