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Dear Hungry Girl.

I really like bread but I try to avoid it at all costs, because it's a "trigger" food for me.  That being said, every now and then I need a real sandwich or wrap, as opposed to rolling my lunch meats in lettuce.  Any suggestions?

Flour Power

Flour Power,

Sounds like I wrote that question myself.  I'm so with you on the bread thing.  Luckily, I have found a slew of breads and "bread-y" items that are satisfying for those times when you DO need a sandwich or wrap.  In a BBQ pinch, reach for 80-calorie Wonder Light buns (they're harder to find these days but still around!).  For wraps, I like to use La Tortilla Factory Whole Wheat Low-Carb/Low-Fat Tortillas (large size).  Those have just 80 calories and 14g of fiber.  For bagel fixes, I go for Western Bagel's Alternative Bagels -- those have just 110 calories and are packed with fiber.  Western Bagel makes GREAT Alternative Pita Bread as well.  I'm also a fan of Thomas' Light English Muffins (Multi-Grain) as well as lavash bread.  But be sure to find the VERY thin, high-fiber versions (they have about 35 calories a serving).  There ya go -- those are my fave bread-ish items!

Dear Hungry Girl,

I love your recipes but I don't use soymilk or Splenda.  Can I substitute anything else for those things?

Recipe Queen

Dear Recipe Queen,

Sure you can!  If you don't like soymilk, substitute fat-free milk instead.  And, you can use whatever low-cal or calorie-free sweetener you like -- stevia, Equal, Sweet 'n Low, etc.  I just use Splenda because I think it tastes the best.  My recipes are all really simple and very flexible.  If I call for a specific brand of something, you can usually find another brand that's comparable nutritionally.  I think the brands I write about taste best, but sometimes they're not available, so feel free to substitute away.  Click here to see some of my all-time favorite recipes.


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