When I found out that I had Celiac disease it was almost like the doctor telling me I had only a few days to live. Finding out that I could no longer eat gluten meant I had to say goodbye to sandwiches, muffins, cookies, and wraps. All of which made up a sizable portion of my diet. Tom Hanks screamed in horror and full of heartache when he lost “Wilson” and I felt quite similarly losing all my favorite foods and treats in one day.
It took me a while to mentally accept the fact that I had to find other options, but I eventually did. What I discovered after losing gluten-filled products is that I’ve been missing out on a whole world of deliciousness. The addicting nature of these wheat-based products not only prevented me from better health but also from new exciting foods that I would not have tried otherwise. Here are some awesome alternatives I discovered for bread along the way. However, I don’t look at these as alternatives, rather than healthier and more delicious ways to eat.
Collard greens are fantastic and they make even better wraps. I’ve picked up a big handful in my local supermarket for under $3. I’ve been using these for burrito type wraps for the last few months. They are super sturdy, nutritious and add a much-needed taste to otherwise boring wraps. Healthy and gluten-free wraps can cost as much as $10 per few wraps. This is a far better alternative.
One day I was grilling burgers and decided to grill some portobello mushrooms as well. As we ran out of buns for the burgers an unusual yet fairly obvious idea came to my head. Why not use the mushrooms for the bun? While it’s a bit messier, it’s a mushroom lover’s dream.
One of the simplest alternatives to bread is lettuce. They are perfectly shaped to be filled with goodies and they are very refreshing! I like to leave them open as they look way more delicious and can be used to scoop some hummus as well.
Calling all healthy grill masters! Have you ever thought you’d be using carrots to make a bun for your burgers? Unlike typical burger buns, these are filled with nutrients and won’t overload you. It’s a perfect addition to a vegan burger.
While there are many incredible gluten-free sandwich type of options out there, I still miss bread sometimes. However, a cheat day is not an option when you have Celiacs. But thanks to bread made from brown rice, you can make your old fashioned toast or even this crunchy and chewy sandwich combo.