To be honest, wraps and bread are on my list of foods I generally avoid. Personally, I prefer to get my carbs from foods in their whole form (rather than processed wraps or bread). My favourite carbs are sweet potato, brown rice, beets, oats, quinoa, buckwheat, corn, bananas, beans, lentils and barley. You can read more here. To explain… I do not like processed carbs such as bread, flour and pasta. Yes, they are an excellent source of readily available energy (they are so processed that they are already half broken down before you eat them so the energy is delivered really quickly). Therefore, they are useful in some circumstances. However, once eaten they are like sugar entering the body so they cause your blood sugar levels to spike really quickly. We need carbs in their whole form for sustained energy.
However, I know that eating wraps and bread is delicious. And as I wrote about here, I’m all for indulgences because restrictions result in cravings which turn into binges. Indulge in your favourite treats in moderation. Remember, one bad meal doesn’t result in weight gain or a breakout. The guilt surrounding indulgences is far more damaging to your body than enjoying a treat. Listen to your body.
So I’ve compiled a list of my favourite bread alternatives for you to enjoy here. These recipes all require some preparation and planning. They freeze really well so it’s easy to have some on hand. However, I get that that is not always possible. So today I’m sharing what to look for when buying wraps or bread. I generally choose wraps over bread because there is less of them (thinner, smaller, etc). We don’t need all that bread. Sometimes I do love to eat bread though.
Wraps and bread made using spelt and rye flour are the easiest to digest (other than bread made from gluten free grains, nuts and seeds) as they contain low levels of gluten. Sourdough is also great for digestion as the grains have been through a fermentation process. So spelt and rye sourdough is probably your best option. Make sure you check the ingredients, you should be looking for wholemeal flour (as mentioned above rye and spelt are best), filtered water, salt, etc. Ingredients should be few, simple and you should understand what they are. Bonus points if you can source organic, fermented/sourdough, unbleached and stone ground flour.
If you need to purchase gluten free wraps or bread check the ingredients carefully. Often gluten free options are loaded with nasties such as soy flour which is highly processed and hasn’t been prepared properly to enable good digestion.
What’s your favourite wrap or bread?
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