Bread is at the core of many people's everyday diet. However, we've learned over the past decade or so that the regular bread you pick up at your supermarket really doesn't pack much punch in the nutrient stakes. Pulverized grains can just end up as extra calories that don't give your body what it needs. Also, if you suffer from celiac disease or have an intolerance for gluten, then you shouldn't have any wheat bread in your diet. Luckily, there are exciting ways to replace bread. Check out these four!
Sweet Potato or Butternut Squash Flatbread
This healthy alternative to wheat bread may change your life. What's more is that you can make it at home, saving that trip to the store and money into the bargain. These flatbreads are quick and easy to bake, and you only need a few ingredients. A veggie flatbread is a good alternative to naan bread or for pizza, or just when you are craving something that tastes like a sandwich.
Another healthy option, Ezekial bread is made with sprouted grains and legumes. It isn't suitable for those who can't have gluten, due to the wheat and millet that are in it. It has no added sugar, in stark contrast to many of the loaves found on supermarket shelves. It also offers plenty of good nutrients and is easy to digest. Many bakeries now offer Ezekial bread, or you can make it at home.
Lettuce or Leafy Greens
Many people would never consider that lettuce could be a good substitute for bread, but once you wrap up some meat and veggies in it, you may be a convert. Romaine and iceberg lettuce are fresh and have barely any calories, so it's a really healthy alternative to sliced pan. Try it and see!
If you prefer something with a bit more texture, corn tortillas are yummy. Gluten-free and high in fiber, they are perfect for those who can't have gluten. Use them for burgers, sandwiches, or even pop some toppings on and make a pizza. These can be made at home using water and Masa Harina (a Mexican flour).