When it comes to lowering your carb intake when trying to lose 10 pounds, good ol’ bread often becomes the #1 enemy. But it looks like there’s a new health trend taking over Instagram and Pinterest that can change that—and it’s called cloud bread. It’s a low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, three-ingredient “bread” that looks just like the name implies: a cloud.
The best news about cloud bread is that it’s not a product you have to necessarily pick up from the grocery store; you can make it at home.
How to make it:
- Separate three eggs.
- In one bowl, mix the egg yolks with three tablespoons of cottage cheese or cream cheese until smooth.
- In a different bowl, beat cream of tartar and egg whites on high speed until you reach stiff peaks.
- Fold in the egg yolk mixture with egg white mixture and form rounds on a baking sheet.
- Bake for about 30 minutes at 300 degrees.
For all the followers of Paleo and the Whole30 who are doing a lot carb-watching, cloud bread may the perfect swap out when making a BLT, PB&J, or when you just need your bread fix. But the question that's surrounding this new bread concept: Is it actually better for you?
“Cloud bread is absolutely better for those with a severe gluten intolerance, wheat allergy, need to watch their carb intake, or just want a lower-calorie option for their turkey sandwiches. On the flip side, whole wheat bread has slightly more fiber,” certified dietitian-nutritionist Lisa Moskovitz told Yahoo!.
And as much as us bread lovers would like to think this is the secret to eating bread without getting fat, cloud bread simply isn’t the same as actual bread and the texture is off. When you’re going to whip up a batch, it’s also important to know that not all cottage cheeses and cream cheeses are great for you; many are often highly-processed and may have other hormones and antibiotics, so it’s important to buy organic, high-quality options.
But if you’re looking to drop a few pounds and carbs are your biggest issue, cloud bread could help the process—as long as you're eating it in moderation without any extra fatty toppings. For more carbs that are actually good for your health, check out 25 Best Carbs for Weight Loss.