Charming, tiny and tasty. Those are just three ways to describe Chrysta Morkeberg’s new business, a healthy bakery that’s just opened up in the burgeoning food hub of Ritchie.
Called Food in the Nūd, the bakery began its life two years ago as a farmers market booth. But Morkeberg’s inspiration for providing a range of healthy and delicious foods for people with special dietary needs, food allergies and sensitivities goes back another three years.
That’s when her son Mikkel (eight-years-old at the time) was identified as gluten, egg and dairy intolerant, a situation which forced Morkeberg to cook and bake in a new way. The whole family began to eat differently, and Morkeberg, who suffered from a range of health issues including severe lower back pain, found herself feeling a whole lot better, too, and losing 70 pounds along the way.
She experimented with dozens of recipes for different foods for her family, and ended up creating a delicious and healthy range of options at home. Friends and family members encouraged her to find a way to feed other people with eating issues. Morkeberg took a course at Metro Continuing Education called Cooking Up Profits, and Food in the Nūd was born.
The new bakery, located at 9628 76 Ave., is an entirely gluten-free space, so people with celiac disease can eat there with confidence. The focus is on plant products, and neither milk nor butter is used in the bakery. Morkeberg emphasizes healthy fats from non-animal sources, and eschews refined and processed foods. You won’t find many grains at Food in the Nūd either, and shelves are stocked with natural sweeteners, such as dates, maple syrup, and coconut palm sugar. Morkeberg doesn’t pretend her food is necessarily low calorie (at least not the treats). But it’s good for you.
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Source:: Edmonton Journal