Love Bread? How To Go Lower Carb

October 3, 2013   34 Comments

Bread is a major food issue for many.

Low Carb Ideas

They may want to go gluten-free or they are trying to avoid carbohydrates because they are trying Atkin’s or South Beach or any number of diets that reduce bread, pasta, and rice.

I do not believe the problem is carbohydrates themselves but a problem of portion control. The size of our slices of bread, hoagies, subs, and slices of pizza are enormous. Think about it, if you are a food manufacturer don’t you want your food to look big? And isn’t a honking large bun going to make it look large for no money?

Go look at a photo of a burger and then come back here. Mega bread.

All you have to do is get the bread size in check and you can have your bread and eat it too. The photo above is of a pastrami sandwich that I made with a 100-calorie slider roll. Are pastrami sandwiches healthy? Nooo. But, I love them so I made a little one and enjoyed it.

Here is a grilled cheese sandwich:

I made this with a slice of Vermont cheddar and a sprouted 100% whole wheat English muffin that tasted divine. The muffin was 130 calories.

I can still have my grilled cheese!

I have tried Arnold’s sandwich thins and I don’t like them because they have too many ingredients (and one of them is sucralose). I do like finding smaller versions of healthy breads.

I noticed that Whole Foods put out a smaller loaf of bread. I was grateful because their regular slices are about 1/3 too big for me, but I like their bread because it doesn’t have any preservatives.

How do you deal with too much bread? Please share.

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I dislike that carbs are perceived as the root of all evil. We should eat everything in moderation so kudos to you for suggesting some healthier ways to enjoy bread. (:

This is such a great topic.thanks for exploring it. I also use spelt or sprouted grain breads. I count points + and would love to find a 1 point sprouted grain bread in the south. The Midwest has a great one in many varieties ....I forget the brand.

I like your approach. Unless we are highly allergic to a certain food, most of us are going to eat what we like occasionally. You just try to find better options of what you like and try to make your calories count towards good nutrition. Knowing you can have a bite of something is better than completely avoiding a certain food or food group. It often becomes an obsession. My boss lost 80 pounds by cutting out sugar, but she is obsessed with it and cooks with it for other people, but she won't eat it. She's afraid if she does, there will be a point of no return.

I also like your subtle message of having your bread be about the size of a piece of fruit. As you know, WW gives portion size suggestions (i.e. protein about the size of the palm of your hand), and much smaller portions of bread is a good one.

We used to have bread with dinner most nights (plus another carb), and have tried to cut it out most of the time. Also, try to say no to bread at restaurants - or limit yourself to 1 piece and then have it taken away - this is tough!

Great topic! I am a carb junkie and am trying to learn how to curb it. This really helps me on my journey. I have been more aware of the type of bread I am buying. I am working on switching from white flour to wheat and getting white carbs out of my cabinets. Not easy.

Trader Joe's has sprouted bread, wheat, rye and whole grain for one point per slice. Really good. My Weight Watcher's leader told me about them.

Trader joes has 100 calorie sandwich thins and 110 calorie bagel thins without any truly awful ingredients or stevia or sucralose. Very tasty too. Just another option.

I make flax meal bread and use for a sandwich.

I have a recipe that is great and no preservatives.

Where did you find 100 calorie slider rolls and Marcia- which tjoes breads are 1 point? They have so many. Thaks

I do mostly open-faced sandwiches on good sprouted-type bread. Sometimes I loved an old-fashioned grilled cheese too so I use ciabatta bread, small very holey slices. I only eat a bread-type product every other day. I'm always trying to replace a food I view as ''not so good for me'' for a better choice. It is a battle esp if you have certain comfort food cravings [like grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup!!].

I am a fan of the whole wheat english muffin as forced portion control. Grilled cheese, tuna salad, chicken salad, lunch meat, breakfast sandwich, tomato & mozzarella...they all work well with an english muffin.

Hi, Have you tried Ezekiel bread? It is sprouted. 80 calories a slice and only 14 carbs. Very good!!!!

What is your recipe for flax meal bread? And I agree...which trader joe bread are you sugesting?Thank you to everyone for your comments. I love this site. Everyone is so helpful!!!!Thank you Lisa...we all love your site

Beware of lower calorie bread with cellulose - wood fiber! Read those labels!

Carbs are fine as long as you are balancing it adequate protein. This will keep your blood sugar stable and reduce cravings and allow you to start losing fat. I personally don't eat much bread. Most of my carbs come from fruits, veggies and oatmeal.

I make my own whole wheat bread using honey instead of sugar (which in my opinion is more of an issue than gluten). I bake it in Anchor (American company) 1.2 qt rectangle cookware; which makes 3 loaves instead of 2 from a typical 9x4 bread loaf pan. When I make sandwiches, I slice the bread as thin as possible without it falling apart. I find that the recipe I use allows for thinner cuts than white bread recipes. I also find that since the loaf is smaller, we are able to use it while it's still pretty fresh (typically 2-3 days if kept in the fridge). It's a lot tastier than store-bought bread. It takes a day using a small kitchenaid mixer to make 6 loaves - 5 of which freeze/defrost very well (can't even tell the difference from fresh).

I prefer to make my own or buy from my favorite bakery, real bread with simple ingredients, mostly whole grains, and use one slice, not two, for half sandwiches or accompanying a meal as the only carb. If I have sweet potatoes or pasta, then there is not real need for bread, and instead I add veggies.

I, too, prefer homemade bread, sliced thin, etc., [use no-knead recipe on king arthur site] but mostly do this in the winter months. But I wanted to share what a friend who is presently working on a better lifestyle just told me: She makes her daily sandwich using Joseph's flax pita bread, just folds it half vs stuffing it, its only 60 calories!! I googled it and it looks like they also make an organic version for 80 calories. Not a bad choice for busy working moms! Thank you snack girl for all the great subjects and info you generate.

I Hollow it Inside Outside Then Throw It Away.

Best (Accept The Loss Feed It To The

Pidgeons Uptown Folks)

Second Best (After Drying Crumble It Towards

Breadcrumbs. I Haven't Tried)

Third Best (A Pain In The Butt Grab A REAL

SHARP NONSerrated Knife THEN SLOWLY Dice it

As Raw Crouton Material).
Beyond A Small Roll Most Delicattessan
Proffessionals Scoop Out Their Breads.

''Now'' You Know The Reason Behind Why Pigeons

Despise Subway. They Ever Hollow Out Their


Nature's Own and Sara Lee have loaves that are 40 to 45 calories per slice. It is great for toast and sandwiches especially. These are our favorites and easy to find.

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