Pumpkin Pie Protein Bread
Before I give you this recipe, I want to talk to you guys a bit about food and processing. I want to write about it because, all too often, there’s a big disconnect between our understanding of a lot of the food we eat and our knowledge of its sourcing and production. It’s a bit disturbing when you think about it really. So much of what we take for granted is unknown to us in terms of how it came to be! And most people don’t care to explore the origin and production of their food. They just plate it up and eat it, unreflectively, assuming that it doesn’t really matter. But it does, you know? If only so we can have a clearer picture of how things go from the field to our kitchen (and ultimately into our mouths!)
Now, if we stop for a minute and start thinking about food processing, we can end up in one of two camps: 1. We can freak out and take up a ‘paleo‘ approach, completely avoiding ALL processed foods and shunning everything that our romantized imaginary of the Palaeolithic man depicts as him not having had access to. This includes everything that has been processed – including protein powders, and a bunch of other foods (more on this below). Or 2. We can strive to learn more about where food – ALL food – comes from, how it’s produced, where it’s sourced, and how exactly it impacts our bodies and consequently our health.
I choose the second option every time. I choose it because I hate to be commanded by simplistic guidelines and by fear. What does fear have to do with it? A lot. Fear is one of the reasons why fad diets and movements like the paleo diet have gained a lot of momentum . They capitalize on our lack of understanding of food, its composition, and its production. By mobilizing hyperbole and a type of ‘fear of the unknown’ (in the style of ‘what you’re eating could be killing you!’), paleo proponents justify their backing of a diet comprised exclusively of meats, vegetables, nuts, and naturally-occurring fats. To strong paleo adherents, dairy is noxious to human health and we’re not designed to consume – let alone digest – beans, potatoes, and grains. All processed foods must too be eschewed. SO AVOID THEM AT ALL COSTS! Or else…
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot right in what paleo diets promote – namely wholesome, natural, and fresh ingredients that are naturally brimming with nutrients. But what bothers me about it, and the reason I don’t walk around with a ‘paleo label’ affixed to my being, is that instead of educating people so they can understand what’s out there and empower them to make informed decisions about food and what they should choose to eat, they hand out a list of very simplistic directives. They say ‘eat only paleo foods because anything else is bad for you’. I find this approach patronizing.
To me, what we need is education about not only why fruits, meats, and veggies are good for us but also about what everything else that we find out there is, including how it is produced and in some cases, how it is processed. That’s why, below this recipe, you’ll find information regarding the ingredients I used to make this Pumpkin Pie Protein Bread. The information is there to open a bit of a window into what these foods actually are, including how they’re made. I think you’ll find the information interesting! Please let me know know your thoughts though – in the comments below or by dropping a note on Facebook. I’d love to hear your thoughts about all this.
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Anyways. I hope you found the discussion and the links above useful. I like to write about all this every once in a while because the recipes here at Protein Pow aren’t just designed to cater to our macros and tastebuds. They’re created to pack as much nutrition as humanly possible too. It’s what Pow is about, you know? Ticking all our boxes à la POW! POW! POW!