I know you gave up bread and other starchy carbs for a while, but do you eat those things now? If so, how often and what are your favorite breads and bread-like items?
Bready or Not
Dear Bready or Not,
You're right, I did give up bread (and pasta, rice, potatoes, etc.) for almost a full year once, about eight years ago. It was a great way for me personally to finally lose the weight I had wanted to lose for many years (because starches are major trigger foods for me and make me want to eat more!). However, I knew I couldn't live without eating those things forever. I started incorporating them back into my diet, but I don't eat them daily. In fact, I will rarely (if ever) order a sandwich when dining out, and as much as possible, I reserve bread-eating for when I'm home or at the HG HQ. Everyone's different, but this is what works for me. Over the past few years I've found a lot of bread-like items that I LOVE. I'll list the TOP ATE now. BTW, these all have similar stats -- for the most part, each serving (two slices for bread; one of everything else) has 80 - 110 calories, 0 - 3g fat, 15 - 26g carbs, 4 - 12g fiber, 4 - 9g protein, and a POINTS® value of 1*. (Only Kim's Light Everything Bagel has a POINTS® value of 2*.) Pretty great, huh?
4. Flatout Light Wraps- These large, 90-calorie wraps are great. In Original, Italian Herb, Sundried Tomato, and Garden Spinach, they're great for stuffing full of other things (like chopped Boca patties, pickles, and lettuce!). Just make sure to get the ones labeled "Light", because the regular higher calorie wraps come in the same flavors. Click on the "Stores" section of Flatout's site to find out where to buy them (or just order online).
Those are my bread picks. Any light bread that has 40 - 50 calories and at least 2g fiber per slice is worth trying. Just read labels carefully! And see our supermarket list for a few more HG picks in the "Breads" section. I'd say I eat these light breads/tortillas, etc., 2 - 3 times a week, depending on the week (and how much sushi I am eating, because I don't like to eat bread on days I am eating lots of sushi rice -- and I am sushi-obsessed). Remember, I'm not a doctor or nutrition professional -- this is just what I've found works well for me. Happy chewing!
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Loving My Cookbook
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