A growing number of people have given up bread for a good reason. If you are unable to bake it yourself, then your options to eat a loaf of healthy bread are very limited.
The good news is that there are ways to enjoy and even enhance your favorite burgers or wraps without having to worry about finding bread that does not harm your body.
You will want to save the ideas suggested below because once you try them, you are going to forget all about your packaged bread obsession-you will simply “retire” it!
After tasting these, they just might occupy your plate more often than you have originally planned. Don’t complain we didn’t warn you about it!
1. Cucumber subs
Cucumber is indispensable for hydrating and nourishing your body in the summer. When you combine it with your favorite sour cream and deli in the middle, what you get is nothing short of an amazing breadless meal for your breakfast, lunch or supper.
2. Barbecue salmon- lettuce wraps
This is another great snack for you. Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and protein. You chop your grilled or baked salmon fillets, wrap them up in some freshly-picked lettuce, then drizzle them with your favorite seasoning and… that’s all to it!
3. Red bell pepper sandwich
Red and green bell peppers are high in para-coumaric acid, vitamin B6 and magnesium. Red peppers contain almost 300% of your daily vitamin C intake! Besides being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is also needed for the proper absorption of iron. If you are iron deficient, try combining red peppers with your iron source for maximum absorption. They also support healthy night vision, which makes them an excellent substitute for stale and fattening buns!
4. Paleo sweet potato buns
Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting, but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain. If you combine them with some berry filling, you will get a bun that is sweet and delicious for a change.
5. Grilled eggplant sandwich
Eggplant is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and copper. It is a good source of manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Eggplant also contains phytonutrients such as nasunin and chlorogenic acid.
The incredibly versatile eggplant works in everything from Italian to Asian recipes. Bonus: it makes a tasty substitute for burger meat, too. So your “newborn burger” will not only look different, but it will also taste much different.
6. Gluten-free tapioca wraps
Grown in the tropics, the cassava or tapioca plant produces a fleshy edible root stock. A nutritious starch is extracted from cassava and formed into “pearls”. Although it may be loathed by the older generation, younger people should still know that tapioca is a staple in many cuisines.
7. Plantain tortillas
A tortilla is a type of soft, thin flatbread made from finely-ground wheat flour. These plantain tortillas have so much to offer to those looking for a good, simple, healthy replacement for standard flour or corn tortillas.
8. Tomato-avocado fantasy burgers
Reap the benefits of eating more avocados, from arthritis relief to good heart health. And tomatoes contain a wide array of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline, folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein. Plump, dewy-fresh local tomatoes are something to be thankful for to Mother Nature. Just look how much healthier they look than your pale old bun! These “burgers” are so yummy that they can be eaten-until-bursting.
9. Portabella halloumi burgers
If you like veggies, these over-sized mushrooms are a must-try ingredient. Pay attention: there are only 66 calories in 9 ounces of portabella mushrooms! In texture, halloumi unripen cheese is similar to a firm mozzarella. Combine your slowly-roasted portabella mushrooms with halloumi easily-fried cheese and treat yourself to another great over-sized burger!
Well, there you have it. Should I say anything else? Try one or two of these nine and I bet you’ll forget all about your old “buddy”- bread for a while. Go bun-free this week!