We all have an Achilles’ heel when it comes to dieting. Some people can stay on their weight loss plans until they get a whiff of peanut butter — and then they dive into the jar until they find themselves scraping the sides. Others can resist all temptation unless they’re confronted with creamy, cold, sweet ice cream — and then there’s no stopping.
But for some dieters, that pretty bread basket spells DANGER! Comforting, chewy bread tastes so good, and seems so innocent – and then you find yourself smoothing the fifth layer of butter on the fifth slice of toast and realize: You derailed from your diet.
Here are our top tips for managing your beloved bread when you’re on a diet:
Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free Options
Whether it’s celiac disease, a sensitivity or your personal taste, you may need or want to set a goal of avoiding wheat and other substances containing gluten.
No Bread Options
But is going gluten-free the answer for you — or do you feel that you do better bypassing bread completely?
If you decide to ban bread, try these tips:
- Lettuce wraps make a low-carb, low-calorie substitute for bread while adding vitamins, fiber and minerals. Try a sturdy choice such as Romaine lettuce.
- Slice raw zucchini the long way and make a “sandwich” that’s full of nutrition and crunch.
- Use low-carb crackers made of cheese such as Kitchen Table Bakers Aged Original Parmesan Crisps.
- Try gluten-free crackers that are all-natural, such as Foods Alive Organic Flax.