When it comes to bread, not all loaves are created equal. Being aware of this, Tracy Lee Son felt compelled to seek out healthier options for her family. But when the grocery shelves didn't offer much hope, she felt compelled to find other solutions to boost her family's nutritional intake. Through research, Lee Son found an option to substitute unhealthy bread ingredients for healthy ones through her own creation she calls Healthy Options Tapoica Coconut Wrap Mix.
Lee Son's healthy bread replacement has no yeast, gluten, preservative, fat or other unhealthy additives, as does store bought bread. In fact, with just three ingredients—tapioca flour (made from the root of cassava), organic coconut flour and ground flax seed, Lee Son promises that not only would you not have to worry about the hidden dangers or chemicals in store-bought bread, which some medical studies believe can even cause cancer, but according to the health-conscious mother, instead, you can control every ingredient that goes into your bread, and save on the doctor's bills.
Through her recipe, Lee Son has created a lucrative niche market at a time when most people are looking for healthier options. Her product was distributed to various stores and restaurants around the country earlier this year.
When Lee Son's daughter showed signs of hyperactive behaviour, she found that some ingredients and additives in the food she (her daughter) ate were the major culprits in her behaviour. After controlling her daughter's diet and choosing healthier foods along with exercise, Lee Son began to see positive changes.
According to Lee Son, "When my daughter started showing signs of hyperactive behaviour, I was determined to find an alternative to medication and did extensive research on the topic. That was the beginning of my journey. I found out that certain ingredients and additives affected her that seemed to have her bouncing off the wall. After controlling her diet and choosing healthier foods, I was able to get my angel back.
She added, "After that I went through a period of losing a few relatives and a good friend to cancer. I researched this topic immensely and then stumbled upon my second inspiration through a book I read by Laureens Maas, who puts one of the major causes of degenerative diseases to yeast and fungus.
"I searched all over for a yeast-free bread alternative, but was unsuccessful. Then I decided to experiment and developed this alternative to bread, which my family loves, and could be made in just a few minutes," Lee Son said.
She noted there is a link between degenerative diseases and yeast found in bread. Lee Son, who placed her son on a yeast-free diet for three weeks, saw major improvements in his seborrhoeic dermatitis (cradle cap/dandruff), which is said to be due to a combination of an overproduction of skin oil and irritation from a yeast called malessizia. She explained that her son's condition, due to the yeast-free diet, has nearly disappeared.
"There is new research showing that yeast is not good for you. It is really bad for your body; it affects us differently; depending on which organs are the weakest, it affects those organs. There is a link to all these degenerative diseases and yeast, so this was my main reason for developing this mix. It was very difficult for me to find yeast-free bread.
Lee Son added: "I am always looking for healthier options for my family. I'm not saying that we don't eat some junk from time to time, but all these artificial preservatives are harmful to kids and adults. A lot of why we are sick is because of what we eat.
"The Healthy Options Tapoica Coconut Wrap Mix started by trial and error while I was looking at different recipes. I created it and it came out great; and as I continued to make it, I continued to get the same great results. People who like it love it," she said. She said it is also a good option for people who are gluten-intolerant and looking to lose weight.
Tapoica Coconut Wrap Mix can be found at supermarkets nationwide.
One packet of mix gives you eight to ten wraps or crepes. Lee Son explained that once the recipe is followed properly, you can create the perfect wrap—all you have to do is add low-fat milk and eggs.
"I didn't really plan to go into business, but my friends and family love it and after I realised the health benefits for my family, I thought it was worth it," she said
"It doesn't make you feel bloated as wheat-based products. It's doesn't call for butter or anything else. You are making a very thin pancake which is what a crepe is; all you do is add eggs and milk and then you make a crepe which can be used for both savoury and sweet filling.
"It's really easy to do; put a little dot of vegetable oil or coconut oil or butter in the frying pan, just to make it non-stick, and pour the mix. It's great for vegetarians. It's up to 40 per cent less calories that wheat-based products," she said.
Lee Son says the mix has a shelf life of six months.
Lee Son hopes to eventually develop other healthy recipes, and has provided these two to enhance your enjoyment of Healthy Options Tapoica Coconut Wrap Mix.
Delicious Savoury Wrap/
Hors d'oeuvre Base
• 1 pack Healthy Options Wrap Mix
• 2 eggs
• pinch salt (optional)
• 1¼ cups almond milk (for thinner milks, use 1 cup)
Mix ingredients with a whisk. Heat non-stick pan for one minute with ½ tsp of coconut oil, then place a pot spoon of mixture in the centre of the pan. Oil pan for first wrap only.
Immediately remove pan from stove and swivel pan in a circular motion to spread the mixture to become a larger circle (to make a thin wrap). Put back on stove and flip when bubbles appear. Cook for a further 30 seconds. Remove from pan.
Wrap appears white to beige in colour. Serve these delicious wraps with whatever is eaten with bread. Then roll and place a toothpick to secure. Allow wrap to cool on a wire rack before packing in container to avoid condensation.
Makes eight to ten wraps.
• 1 pack Healthy Options Wrap Mix
• 2 eggs
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• pinch salt (optional)
• 1 teaspoon honey or sugar substitute (optional)
• sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
• 1 cup almond milk (for thinner milks, use ¾ cup)
Mix ingredients with a whisk. Heat non-stick skillet for 1 minute with ½ tsp of coconut oil, then place a pot spoon of mixture in the centre of the pan. Oil pan for first pancake only.
When bubbles appear, flip and cook for a further 30 seconds. Serve these healthy pancakes with honey or your favourite syrup.
Allow pancake to cool on a wire rack before packing in container to avoid condensation.
Makes eight to ten pancakes.