Paleo Alternatives to Bread

by Suz on August 31, 2012 · 7 comments

in Breakfast, Eating Out

Bread. On a Paleo diet – it is one of the first things to go; whereas on a SAD diet it is a staple. It’s no wonder giving up bread is such a shock to people considering a Paleo Diet.

“I couldn’t live without bread”

“I’d never be able to give up bread”

“What do you eat if you don’t have bread?”

I’m sure you’ve heard these comments before too. Perhaps you found giving up bread to be the hardest thing about transitioning to a Paleo diet – or the one thing that is preventing you from going fully Paleo?

The longer you abstain from bread, the less you’ll miss it. There are some great recipes for Paleo Breads made with coconut flour or almond meal; but instead of trying to substitute one type of flour for another – how about some of these alternatives to your favourite SAD bread meals?!

Paleo Diet Bread Sandwiches Primal Blueprint Alternative Recipes

Paleo Sandwiches

Sandwiches are one of the most popular lunch options, mainly because they are convenient to eat on the go, without getting your hands covered in food! They’re filling and you can prepare them ahead of time. Perhaps you’re missing sandwiches, filled rolls or wraps? Instead – why not try these Paleo sandwich options instead: –

  • Make wraps with lettuce (try romaine leaves) to hold the filling in place
  • Use cooked cabbage leaves to encase your filling
  • For an iodine boast and great flavour make your wraps with Nori (or other seaweed) wraps
  • You can also make (or buy – but check the ingredients) coconut wraps
  • Cut a large capsicum (bell pepper) into two flat pieces for a Paleo alternative to sandwich bread
  • Use a knife and fork! I often order a sandwich in a café – without the bread. Shop bought and restaurant sandwiches often hide very small fillings – but when you order it without the bread you usually get a far more generous portion of the filling!

Paleo Burger Buns

The best think about a burger is the meat – never the bun. So go bunless, or try these: –

  • Chop the stalk of two large flat or Portobello mushrooms – the perfect size for a burger bun
  • Encase your burger patty with the top and bottom of a large tomato

Peanut Butter Sandwiches

White bread filled with peanut butter seems to be a popular pre-Paleo combination. But let’s face it – it’s the peanut butter that’s popular – not the bread in this snack. Clearly peanut butter is out as it’s a legume – so try

  • Nut butter (almond butter, macadamia nut butter, cashew nut butter – or make your own) and use as a dip for crunchy raw vegetables like carrots, celery, capsicum (bell peppers) and cucumber.
  • Or slice some eggplant and layer on the nut butter!

Egg and Soldiers

Missing dipping slices of toast into soft boiled eggs? Once you try dipping in roasted vegetables, you’ll wish you’d always done it!

Lasagne & Garlic Bread

Once you’ve gone to the effort of making a Paleo lasagne, roast some zucchini sticks and garlic as a far more enjoyable accompaniment.

Breadcrumbs

Try using a nut flour as a Paleo alternative

Croutons

If you’re used to a crunch with your soup, try some pork crackling (rinds) as a Primal alternative!

Which bread meals or snacks do you miss the most? I’d love to hear what your favourite bread substitutes are!

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Bill September 1, 2012 at 7:17 am

I do miss having the choice of bread as a quick easy snack. Just out today looking in a bakers window and thinking so many things to fill up on. So tempting yet out of bounds for me.
I actualy save money as I always make my own snack for an outing if I can, one of my popular ones is romaine leaves as my ‘bread’.
I’m rather pleased to have different choices to try.

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Suz September 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

I think that’s the problem with bread – it is so easy – but luckily there are other options too

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Jilly J September 4, 2012 at 7:39 am

I love the idea of ordering a sandwich without the bread! Bet you get some pardon me Mams,
I think I’ll try that just to get a reaction.

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Suz September 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

I do get some puzzled faces when I order that, which usually triggers a conversation about nutrition!

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Marg September 18, 2012 at 7:34 am

If you’re desperate for something very similar in texture to bread, take a look at Richard Nikoley’s Fat Bread. Thank-you Richard for taking the time to make this work. I made it 2 days ago for the first time. It is keeping really well in the fridge, probably because of the fat content. It tastes a bit eggy! but my eggs are home grown and huge so I would only use 4 next time. Too calorie heavy for me for regular use but very nice as a treat or for a special occasion. (we’re having overseas visitors next month so would be good for a packed lunch on a day out). There is a thread about it on MDA.

http://freetheanimal.com/2012/07/fat-bread-third-times-the-charm-mission-accomplished.html

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Nora June 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I’ve been struggling with this hard. I found a recipe for flax noodles which are good to keep pasta cravings at bay. I like lettuce wrapping pretty well, but sometimes carbs are just calling me and won’t leave me alone. Then I eat them and don’t feel good and Paleo scores a mental point. I like the bell pepper idea, will def give that a try.

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Christa February 17, 2014 at 5:17 am

Here’s a good alternative to regular bread:

http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-bread/

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