Looking for a Healthy Alternative to Bread? 5 Tasty Options

Last Updated on May 9, 2024 by Candi Randolph

If you’ve been on the hunt for a healthy alternative to bread that won’t leave you feeling deprived, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve got some great options that are not only delicious but also align with those on a low carb diet or seeking a gluten-free alternative.

Let’s face it, we all love our bread. But sometimes, the best ways to take care of our health (and keep heart disease at bay) involve making better choices. The good choice? Swapping your usual loaf for something a bit more waistline-friendly.

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Now, don’t let the thought of giving up bread scare you off. I’m not suggesting you give up on your beloved sandwiches or morning toast altogether. Instead, we’re talking about tasty substitutes like seeded/sprouted bread, crisp lettuce wraps, versatile sweet potatoes, pita bread, and light-as-air rice cakes. Save that carb-heavy slice of your favorite bread for a special occasion, or limit yourself to periodic enjoyment.

Stay tuned as we explore why these are fantastic alternatives and how to incorporate them into your meals. It’s time to revolutionize your plate, one slice at a time!

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Why Do We Want to Minimize Bread Consumption in Midlife?

Ever found yourself wondering why we’re all of a sudden talking about minimizing bread in our diets as we hit our fabulous 50s and beyond? Well, pull up a chair, grab a cup of your favorite brew – it’s time for some real talk.

First off, let’s address the elephant in the room – or rather, the slice of white bread on the plate. White flour, while being a staple in many of our diets, isn’t exactly the best friend to our bodies. Why? It’s low in dietary fiber and can cause a quick spike in our blood sugar levels followed by that all-too-familiar energy slump. Sounds fun, right? Not so much.

Now, add into the mix things like gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, which can become more prevalent as we age. Suddenly, that innocent slice of bread doesn’t seem so appealing anymore, does it?

But here’s the good news! Cutting down on bread doesn’t mean you have to bid farewell to sandwiches or morning toast. Oh no, far from it! There are plenty of tasty alternatives that make a great option for those on a low carb diet or anyone looking for a good substitute for traditional bread.

We’re talking easy substitutes packed with dietary fiber, that won’t send your blood sugar levels on a roller coaster ride. Healthy alternatives like almond flour bread, crisp lettuce wraps, versatile sweet potatoes, traditional corn tortillas, and light-as-air rice cakes.

So, why minimize bread in midlife? Because it’s an opportunity to explore new foods and embrace healthier habits. And who knows? You might just find your new favorite ‘bread’ in the process! Now, who’s ready to give these alternatives a try?

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Healthy Alternative to Bread: 5 Tasty Options

Seeded/Sprouted Bread

sprouted bread is a healthy alternative to bread

Have you ever found yourself wandering the bakery aisle of your local grocery store, staring at rows and rows of bread, feeling a bit lost? You’re not alone. But what if I told you that one of the healthiest breads might be hiding in the freezer section?

Yes, you read that right. The freezer section! Enter Ezekiel bread – a flour-free, sprouted grain loaf that’s so much more than your run-of-the-mill slice. It’s made from a variety of whole grains and legumes that have been allowed to sprout, or germinate, before being milled into flour.

Why is this a good option, you ask? Well, sprouting grains can increase the availability of certain nutrients, making it a nutritional powerhouse compared to standard white or whole grain loaves. Plus, it’s high in protein and dietary fiber, which can help keep you feeling full and satisfied.

Ezekiel bread is a great way to shake up your toast game. Try it toasted with a smear of peanut butter for an energy-packed breakfast, or use it for your favorite sandwich. The taste is slightly nutty and the texture hearty, which adds an exciting twist to your meals. It’s one of my go-to white bread alternatives.

So next time you hit the grocery store, skip the bread aisle and make a beeline for the freezer section instead. 

Pita Bread

pita bread

Okay, let’s chat about another bread alternative that might just become your new favorite. Picture this: you’re strolling through the bakery aisle at your local grocery store, and your eye lands on the pita bread. Have you ever thought about giving it a whirl?

If you’re following a low-carb diet or embarking on a weight loss journey, pita bread can be a great alternative. And no, we’re not pulling your leg! Pita bread, especially the whole grain variety, is often lower in calories and carbohydrates than traditional bread. Plus, it’s versatile, easy to use, and downright delicious.

Now, we all know that taste is king when it comes to our meals. So, how does pita bread fare? Well, imagine biting into a soft, slightly chewy pocket of goodness that’s ready to be filled with all your favorite sandwich fillings. Sounds pretty tasty, right?

So, if you’re looking for a delicious alternative to your usual slice, pita bread might just be the best option. It’s low in carbs, high in flavor, and waiting for you in the bread aisle. 

Lettuce Wraps

lettuce wraps

How about swapping out your bread for something a bit greener? No, I’m not suggesting you start eating sandwiches made from grass clippings. We’re talking about lettuce wraps!

Now, before you raise an eyebrow and click away, hear me out. Lettuce wraps are a fantastic option when it comes to bread replacements. They’re crisp, refreshing, and let’s face it, they make your sandwich look like a culinary masterpiece straight out of a gourmet kitchen.

But are they a great bread substitute, you ask? Absolutely! Lettuce wraps are low in carbs, high in fiber, and offer a fresh, crunchy contrast to the typical soft and chewy texture of bread. Plus, they add a pop of color to your plate that your regular slice of bread can only dream about.

So, next time you’re craving a sandwich wrap, why not give lettuce wraps a whirl? They’re easy to make, delicious to eat, and hey, you might just feel a little bit fancy while you’re at it.

Rice Cakes

rice cakes

Are you of the opinion that rice cakes are just glorified cardboard? You’re not alone. But what if I told you that these humble snacks could be a game changer in your quest for healthier bread alternatives?

Yes, that’s right. Rice cakes can be a great substitute for bread. Now, before you shake your head and dismiss them as tasteless diet food, consider this: rice cakes are like blank canvases, ready to be jazzed up with whatever toppings tickle your fancy.

From a savory avocado and tomato combo to a sweet spread of almond butter and banana slices, rice cakes can handle it all. And the best part? They’re low in calories and fat, making them a wise choice for those of us keeping an eye on our waistlines.

So, next time you’re at the grocery store, why not give rice cakes a chance? They might just surprise you with their versatility and crunch. 

Sweet Potato ‘Toast’

sweet potato toast

Let’s talk toast. Not your typical slice of bread toast, but something a little more…orange. That’s right, I’m talking about sweet potato ‘toast’. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

Sweet potatoes aren’t just for Thanksgiving anymore. These vibrant veggies have taken the health food world by storm, and for good reason. They’re a good source of fiber, packed with vitamins, and let’s be honest, they’re pretty darn tasty.

But can they really replace your beloved morning toast? You betcha! Sweet potato ‘toast’ is becoming one of the best choices for low-carb alternatives to bread. And no, it’s not just for those who like to live on the culinary edge.

Here’s how it works: you slice a sweet potato into thin ‘toasts’, pop them in your toaster or oven, and voila! You’ve got a nutritious, delicious base ready for all your favorite toppings. Think of it as a toast upgrade.

So next time you’re in the mood for a bit of toast but want to keep things on the healthier side, why not give sweet potato ‘toast’ a whirl? You might just find that this colorful swap becomes a new breakfast favorite. After all, who said toast had to be boring?

2 More Quick Options

I couldn’t leave this section of the post without adding two of my personal favorite health alternative to bread options. While they may not make the top of your popularity list, they work really well for me!

First, I have a simple recipe for almond bread that was a staple of my Keto diet during the months I followed that eating plan, and that I still make on a regular basis. It’s easy to make and although it does not have the height of a traditional slice of bread, it can be eaten plain, toasted, with toppings (butter, peanut butter, jelly, etc) and has a pleasant taste and bread-like texture.

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Tasty Almond Bread

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Enjoy a simple almond bread that is tasty and easy to prepare. It is prepared in a loaf pan but note that it does not rise to the top. Your slices will be smaller but can still be toasted, eaten plain, with toppings, or however you like!

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf – 12 servings 1x

Ingredients

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1 cup almond flour

1/4 cup coconut flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup Monk fruit sweetener (or sweetener of choice)

3 tbsp psyllium husk powder

4 eggs

1/4 cup melted coconut oil or butter

1/4 cup warm water

Optional: chopped nuts or seeds as a topping

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease well or line a 8×4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper, letting the paper come up over the edges.

2. Put all the dry ingredients, except for the seeds and nuts, in a bowl. Mix well.

3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.

4. Place dough in the prepared loaf pan and top with seeds or nuts, if desired.

5. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Let bread cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Lift bread from the loaf pan by pulling up on the parchment paper. Slice and enjoy!

Notes

If you don’t want a sweeter taste to the bread, omit the Monk fruit sweetener. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract to enhance the almond flavor.

  • Author: Candi Randolph
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: snacks

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/12 loaf
  • Calories: 131
  • Sugar: 0.8 g
  • Sodium: 28.4 mg
  • Fat: 7.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.8 g
  • Protein: 3.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 62 mg

The other suggestion I have for you is to consider low carb tortillas in place of white bread. Why low carb tortillas? Well, they generally are made with whole wheat flour + wheat gluten and other high fiber ingredients.

It’s important to read the label of any product before you buy. I like Mission Carb Balance Street Tacos in Whole Wheat. They taste great and are just 35 calories each, 3 net carbs, and are high in fiber.

Conclusion: A Healthy Alternative to Bread

I hope you’ve enjoyed our little bread-less adventure. Who knew there were so many tasty and healthy alternatives to our faithful, carb-filled companion, right? From lettuce wraps to rice cakes, and even the unexpected sweet potato ‘toast’, there are plenty of options out there that won’t send your blood sugar into a rollercoaster ride.

So, why not give one (or hey, why not all?) of these alternatives a try? Change can be good, and in this case, it can also be delicious. Remember, variety is the spice of life, and your diet should be no exception.

But don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you have to break up with bread forever. I’m not, especially the homemade variety. After all, who could resist the smell of fresh bread wafting from the bakery? Not us, that’s for sure! But as with any relationship, it’s all about balance.

So go on, step out of your comfort zone and shake up your sandwich game. You might just find a new favorite that makes you feel as fabulous as you are. And isn’t that what being over 50 is all about? Embracing change, trying new things, and living life to the fullest. So here’s to you – the adventurers, the trend-setters, the health-conscious heroines. Here’s to making every bite count!

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