With ketogenic or keto diet gaining more and more believers, the food industry has surely come up with different meals that cater to those who want to eat healthy.
In my search to fully commit to the keto diet, I had to make sure that I cover all my “bases”. Meaning, I had to look for alternatives for all the food I eat. And one thing I cannot live without? BREAD.
While doing my research, I discovered cloud bread. Many fellow keto dieters and bloggers have written their own experiences and recipes of cloud bread. Today, I want to share with you some background information and my take on cloud bread.
What Is Cloud Bread?
Cloud bread is your best friend if you cannot live without bread, but would like to enjoy it without the damning carbohydrates they bring. According to Edwina Clark, R.D., (head of nutrition and wellness at Yummly), "Cloud bread is a high-protein alternative to bread, made of eggs, cream cheese, cream of tartar, and sweetener. It's made by whipping egg whites with cream of tartar to give it a fluffy texture (hence the name), and then gently folding in a mixture of egg yolks, cream cheese, and sweetener." I can tell you that from the oven its texture will look like a meringue, but once cooler, it keeps a softer and chewier feel.
Cloud bread is made by whipping egg whites and cream tartar together to reach that soft and fluffy meringue mixture. This mixture will then be folded into the egg yolks with full-fat dairy that can be cottage cheese, cream cheese, or yogurt. A little sweetener can get into the mix, too. You can bake it like a loaf, buns, or like bread discs if you know what I mean?
Cloud bread has taken the diet, health, and weight loss Internet communities by storm because it is suited for those who are on keto, gluten-free, and Paleo diets. Pretty neat, huh? Cloud bread only contains half the calories of a regular bread; only one gram of carbs per “cloud”, but its protein content? At par with that of regular bread coming in at roughly 2 grams per cloud.
It is not always bread and butterflies (See what I did there?) because cloud bread also misses an important nutrient: fiber. We all know, fiber is crucial to losing weight and feeling full or satisfied. This should not be a problem, just remember to get your carbs and fiber from other sources.
Okay, now I want to be honest - if you are a big bread lover, I’m not sure the cloud bread is going to cut it for you. Cloud bread is light and fluffy and if the texture does not work for you, you might not feel full even after eating heaps of clouds. But to be fair, cloud bread is not supposed to be your main meal. It should be eaten with something on the side.
How Long Does Cloud Bread Last?
The usual lifespan of cloud bread outside the refrigerator and on your countertop is 3 days. If you place it in your refrigerator, you can store it up to 7 days. Oh, and you can also freeze them. If you toast it, set the timer for only a minute because cloud bread has a tendency to burn easily.
Being on a diet is not easy. Adjusting your food intake just to stay on course is also difficult, but it can be done. Do your part: research and get out of your comfort zone. We can do this!