Alternatives to bread

Bread. Such a fundamental part of our day, whether it is the morning toast or the humble lunch sandwich you’ve bought or just a baguette to have with your soup for dinner.

Over the years, bread (and more, specifically gluten) has had a bad rep. It gets pretty overwhelming as what we now eat isn’t just a simple flour, water, yeast thing. There are all sorts of preservatives and other ugly sounding ingredients listed on a supermarket bought bag of bread.

Nevertheless, it is nice to know there are alternatives that exist to spread your spread over.

Alternatives to bread

Oatcakes

These crunchy round biscuits provide a great surface for spreading nut butters, jam, hummus and whatever else floats your boat. They are fairly simple to make but are also readily available in most supermarkets. I have tried a few brands but prefer Nairns, who also conveniently have an extensive gluten free range.

Lettuce Wraps

A bag of little cute gem lettuce won’t set you back too much. Break the lettuce in to individual lettuces (You know what I mean, don’t ya?) And voila – place your choice of filling and eat away. Portion control and a nice crunch. You can’t go wrong there.

 

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Crepes

There are lots of gluten-free alternatives to make these crepes that have wrap like qualities. Sweet, savoury, flexible and one’s that are a little tougher. Click for my favourite crepe recipes from one of my favourite websites: Green Kitchen Stories

There are many other creative alternatives from gluten-free cauliflower bread to cloud bread to using a sliced round of sweet potato as the ‘bun’ for your burger. So get thinking out of your bread box and explore.

Sweet Potato Toast

Yes, literally sweet potato toast. This involves slicing a sweet potato in about 1/4 inch thick slices and putting in the toaster at high heat (maybe a few times to ensure it is fully cooked!). See more details here at: Nutrition Stripped

 

 

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A few of my favourite things..

It has been a while, dear friends.

I am sorry for the hiatus. Now that I am back in the land of all things foodie, England. I am relishing in all those little luxuries one misses when abroad; the variety of ‘healthy’ food in a package, the perks of grocery shopping online that is delivered to your very door step, to name but a few.

I thought I would share some of my favourite things currently:

Raw Health Honey – a raw honey in a squeezy bottle! I love that it still has a thick consistency and is not ‘over runny’ (is that a word?!) and it is RAW! Oh yeah. See here for their honey selection.

With Ramadhan coming up, hydration is on my mind. One of my favourite ways to hydrate is good old coconut water. I used to love the challenge of cracking open a young coconut water but when that is not possible, I love this raw coconut water. Most of the tetra-pak brands I have tried have an odd after-taste, I presume because they are pasteurised? Who knows! This cutely packaged in a bottle raw coconut water tastes just like it does out of a coconut – it’s pink too! Not sure I like the price-tag but saves you the coconut mess – See here

A last favourite is nut butter! Although admittedly not raw and the fact it comes in a plastic jar, the creaminess of this nut butter is yet to be matched, especially since it has no added oil! It wins on spreadability marks alone. The almond butter is my favourite so far. I have also tried the honey cinnamon cashew butter but I couldn’t really taste the honey or the cinnamon or the cashews to be honest – a very neutral tasting butter if you don’t like the overwhelming tastes of nuts in a nut butter 🙂 Click here for their website.

Have you discovered any yummy favourites this month? Please do share and recommend!

Peace, love and yumminess

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