My Top 3 Bread Alternatives For Weight Loss [Pre-Made, Homemade + Budget Friendly Options]

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As most of you already know, I studied abroad in Italy, studying the Mediterranean diet. I was also on a very strict budget at the time, which means I LIVED off of bread, pizza and pasta. After my 6 weeks in Italy, I came back with a higher body fat percentage and feeling low energy and bleh.


As we've discussed, traditional bread products are not great foods for a weight loss goal (you can get the full science breakdown with THIS video of mine). And some people are going to have a stronger reaction to these processed starches than others (meaning, some might be more carbohydrate sensitive). Granted, this doesn't mean you need to give up bread forever. I love incorporating bread or pasta products up to once a week as a "treat meal".


If you're used to using bread on the daily (avocado toast, break-fast wraps, sandwiches, wheat tortillas, etc) then you'll want to check out my top three bread alternatives that aren't going to cause your insulin levels to go crazy high and turn off fat burning in your body.


There are a LOT of these "low carb" products on the market, but from my experience and working with clients, many of these pre-made options can still lead to a weight loss plateau (or even weight gain).


Today, I'm sharing my top three options that I have found work very well with my clients and myself in stabilizing energy levels, tapping into fat burning mechanisms and achieving a weight loss goal!


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Coconut Wraps [Pre-Made Option]

This is the one "pre-made" wrap that I've found is very high quality and still works with weight loss goals. The ingredients are incredibly wholesome: organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic coconut meat and organic coconut water. I love using this to make break-fast burritos or to use as a "sandwich" wrap for egg salads (pictured above). These aren't the most budget friendly, but if you're looking for a high quality wrap option for those fast and easy situations, this is a GREAT route.



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Flax Bread [Homemade Option]

I first found this recipe through the Hemsley sisters (you can check out their original recipe HERE). I tested this out and really liked the texture and was surprised how "bread-like" the consistency was. However, I adjusted the original recipe to not include sugar (I found it wasn't necessary and would make this a bit more in line with weight loss goals).


Here's my adjusted recipe from the original version:

Flax Bread [Adjusted Recipe]

Makes 6 "breads"

Ingredients:

1 cup flax seeds, ground (original recipe says you can also use whole seeds, but I found a better texture with the ground. Make sure to grind this when you're ready to make the recipe, not pre-ground.)

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. sea salt (I personally used Celtic Sea Salt for this)

Pinch of pepper

3 eggs, scrambled (I haven't tested this out using chia eggs, but if you do, let me know how it goes!)

3 Tbsp. grass-fed butter, melted (or coconut oil - but I used butter)

2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (THIS is the brand I use)

3 Tbsp. water (I found that I only needed 2 Tbsp. water, so try using less first and see what's needed)

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/4 tsp. garlic powder (I added this as a deviation from the original recipe and it was SO.GOOD.)

optional 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds for topping