One of the most difficult challenges in a low carb diet is finding low carbohydrate bread substitutes. I love bread and given the option I would eat hard roles or French bread slathered with butter at every meal but most breads are simply off the menu in a low carb diet.
Finding bread substitutes can be difficult especially if you are a bread-a-holic like me. Pepperidge Farm makes several reduced carbohydrate breads that are both tasty and satisfying though usually more expensive than regular bread at the grocery store. I am particularly fond of the Pepperidge Farm reduced carb oatmeal. Arnold Bakery also makes a reduced carb bread although we have not been able to buy it locally, I am told that they still make it and that it is sold in some markets around the country.
Another interesting alternative to bread is the low carb wrap. There are several companies coming out with delicious low carbohydrate wraps. We found several brands at one of our local grocery stores that show a net carbs of less than 5 grams. Some of these new wraps have special flavors like spinach and herbs and tomato basil and some are very similar in texture and taste to regular soft tacos.
You may not find these products in every grocery store in your area. We have several grocery stores that we frequent and only one of these stores carries the low carb breads and low carb wraps so be on the lookout for them at a grocer in your area.
Wraps are especially good because they can be loaded with meats or canned tuna for a quick and easy lunch. You can also use certain wraps as the dough for thin crust pizza. I like to use a wrap around an Italian sausage or bratwurst cooked on the barbeque grill. You can even find low carbohydrate hotdogs and use the wraps as a hotdog bun.
Another bread substitute is romaine lettuce leaves to make a cold cut sandwich. With the lettuce leaves the added benefit of green leafy fiber, which is great for keeping things moving through your body's digestive system.
It is important in any diet to eat lots of water foods like lettuce and other green leafy vegetables and to drink as much water as you can. In the process of losing weight, as fat cells purge their stores of fat molecules they release a significant about of toxins that get stored along with the fat. Drinking lots of water flushes out these toxins and keeps you from feeling queasy during the day.
If you are a lover of bread like me and have chosen a low carbohydrate diet to lose weight you may find the suggestions above of help to you in satisfying your desire for breads and other, off the low carb diet, foods.
Mike Scott is a low carb diet enthusiast and Internet blogger.
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The sedentary lifestyle of today's world has increased the demand for low carb and fat free diets to maintain good health and avoid problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Low carb diets are also known to help overcome fatigue caused due to increased insulin levels in the blood. If you make low carb diets a part of your life you will feel increased levels of energy, lesser cravings for sweets and improved dental hygiene. Since bread machine recipes are the most staple part of any diet it is, therefore, important to substitute regular bread with low carb bread. The good news is that you can prepare it at home in a few easy steps. Here is a low carb bread machine recipe for you to try out.
What you will need:
- Dry yeast (bread machine) - 1 packet
- Sugar - 1/2 teaspoon
- Warm water - 1 1/8 cups (at about 100F)
- Olive oil - 3 tablespoons
- Baking powder - 1 1/2 teaspoons
- Salt - 1 teaspoon
- Splenda - 1 tablespoon
- Gluten free wheat flour - 1 cup
- Oat flour - 1/4 cup
- Soy flour - 3/4 cup
- Flax seed meal - 1/4 cup
- Unprocessed wheat barn - 1/4 cup
- The recipe is for simple bread cycle but if your bread machine instructions call for a different setting for gluten-free flour you must use that cycle.
- Clean the bread machine pan and dry it thoroughly before using.
- Open the packet of yeast and put the contents in the bread pan.
- Add the water and sugar and stir to mix.
- Let it rest for some time to let the yeast ferment.
- In the meantime, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Pour the olive oil in the machine pan and add the dry ingredients on top of it.
- Set the machine to run on the basic cycle and let it cook for 3-4 hours.
- Cool in the pan for some time before removing from the pan and cooling on a wire rack.
- Cut in slices to serve.
- You can add rye flour in place of soy and oat flour if you like the taste.
- You can also add sunflower seeds or sesame seeds in place of flax seeds.
- The small amount of sugar does not add to any extra calories as it is only used for the activation of the yeast.
- This bread can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- You can use it in any bread dishes as normal bread such as a sandwich wrapper, toast, or simple bread and butter.
- This bread also makes a great base for homemade pizza.
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