When improving your nutrition, one of the things to consider is reducing or eliminating the consumption of bread products, especially those made with a base of white flour. This begs the question: What can you eat that to replace bread that can be just as filling, but will offer more nutrients?
I asked the members of my Simply Fit group to suggest some bread alternatives, and challenged them to come up with at least 10 ways to avoid bread. The results were varied and included things I never heard of!
Looking for bread alternatives?
Here are 10 things you can try if you’re replacing bread in your diet:
- Apple Slices with Peanut Butter
This is a great idea; it’s quick and offers a good balance of healthy carbs and protein. Kids and adults alike love this one, which makes it a great healthy snack alternative.
Similar to #1, I had never heard of combining celery and peanut butter before. So many people suggested it, so I gave it a try and it’s very tasty. The flavours in each item sort of change when they are combined and I’m happy to have discovered a new alternative to add to my rotation. Now, when it comes to the carrots, I tried that one on my own. Don’t knock it, until you try it!
- Eggs in a Cup
You can toss an egg in a mug, mix in your favourite add-ins (peppers, mushrooms, onions, a sprinkle of cheese, etc.), beat it up and toss it into the microwave for a couple of minutes for a quick and healthy, bread-free option. If you’re on the go, you can get the “breakfast sandwich” (eggs, bacon, lettuce and tomato) from Tim Hortons in a cup. It’s a quick and inexpensive way to grab something in a pinch and still avoid the bread.
- Greek Yogurt with Fruit or Granola
You can even add a scoop of protein powder to this to really pump up the protein content. It’s filling with a lot of flavour and there are endless varieties you can create using different types of granola, different fruits, and different flavours of protein powders.
- Tuna Sandwich on Lettuce Leaves
I have this quite often; it’s fresh and filling and always tasty. A variation is to use half of a bell pepper instead of the lettuce leaves. Members of the group suggested adding cucumber slices, which would change up the flavour.
- Rice Cakes
This was a popular suggestion, and while I haven’t eaten them since I was a kid, there are apparently a lot of flavours available now, and of course you can top them with items like peanut butter and fruit slices, a slice of cheese, tuna salad, etc.
- “Salads” in Bell Peppers
Remember I mentioned tuna salad in half of a bell pepper? That’s one of my regular go-to items and I change up what I put inside the bell pepper. It can be tuna or salmon salad, chicken salad, egg salad, etc.
I make bread using almond flour, which is healthier than plain flour. A thin, toasted slice of this is just like a plain bagel. I can use the same mix in a waffle maker and use the waffles in place of bread slices or buns.
- “Egg” Wraps
I think these are sometimes called egg crepes—it’s a scrambled egg mixture cooked very thinly in a small pan. I use them in place of a wrap, filling them with veggies and/or the “salads” mentioned above. I make a bunch ahead of time and keep them in the fridge so I have them ready for the week.
- Cauliflower “Bread” or “Crusts”
Another great bread alternative is cauliflower! I know that may sound bizarre, but cauliflower can be used in place of bread or buns and as crusts for pizza and other items that would normally use a white flour crust. A simple Google or Pinterest search will reveal many recipe options.
How do you avoid bread in your daily diet, or what bread alternatives have you discovered that you enjoy? Please pop over to join the group and share with us your ideas and recipes! If you have questions about how to eliminate breads from your diet, let me know by connecting with me using the form below. I’d be happy to discuss different bread alternatives with you.