There are many reasons why you might want to cut bread out of your diet, aside from being gluten intolerant. You may be trying to reduce your carbohydrate intake, or at least trying to eat more complex carbohydrates instead, or you may be trying to avoid processed foods of any kind, which often means cutting out bread.
If you’ve been thinking about reducing your bread consumption but have been too afraid to take the plunge for fear of missing out on some delicious meals — sandwiches, toast, or even something to dip in your soup — then these 5 healthy bread swaps may just be the inspiration you need. That’s right — you can have your sandwich and eat it too!
1. Lettuce Wraps
Simple leaves of romaine or iceberg can make a great bread substitute. Just fill with whatever you would normally put inside your sandwich, roll it up, and eat it! The great thing about lettuce wraps is they are super light, which means you can fill up on more of the good stuff. For a larger, more sturdy wrap, try collard greens instead. Recipe >>
2. Dehydrated Onion Bread
The great thing about this bread alternative is that as well as being delicious, it is also raw. The only thing you need in order to make this, aside from the ingredients themselves, is a dehydrator. If you’ve been thinking about incorporating more raw foods into your diet, then I highly recommend getting yourself a dehydrator. A whole world of opportunities will open up to you if you do. Recipe >>
3. Buckwheat Flatbread
This was something I discovered after being diagnosed with candida overgrowth. I wanted bread; I wanted pancakes; I wanted everything that I wasn’t supposed to have. Then I learned that buckwheat isn’t actually wheat at all, or even a grain, but rather a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb. Buckwheat is wheat- and gluten-free, high in protein, and very low carb making it an excellent substitute for bread, pancakes — you name it!
4. Sliced Sweet Potato
Someone shared this idea with me on Facebook, and when I saw it, my brain nearly exploded. It’s such a simple yet brilliant idea — why didn’t I think of it before? A whole new world full of open-faced sandwiches was now at my disposal, and now yours too, and sweet potatoes, loaded with many beneficial vitamins and minerals, are a great vegetable to be incorporating more of into your diet. To make sweet potato bread, simply slice a large sweet potato into half inch slices, pop in the toaster, and toast until cooked! You now have roasted sweet potato slices ready for you to top with hummus, guacamole, sprouts, nut butter, jam, or whatever your little heart desires.
5. Chickpea Flatbread
Chickpea flour makes an excellent gluten-free flour. Made from dried and ground chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, it is loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and protein. Chickpea flatbread also tastes amazing and has a fairly neutral flavor so it can be quite versatile for all of your sandwich desires. Recipe >>