November 3rd is National Sandwich Day! Try making your favorite sandwich using some of these low-carb bread and bun substitutes!
Eggplant: Don’t be intimidated by its rich purple color! The eggplant’s deep-colored outer layer can be attributed to health-promoting antioxidants called anthocyanins. This outer skin also contains fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Slice the eggplant horizontally into thick pieces for buns, or vertically to make hoagie-style pieces, and cook until tender.
Lettuce: Lettuce wraps have been around for a while now – but did you know you could also use lettuce chunks as a sandwich bread or burger bun substitute? Iceberg lettuce works best for these buns, due to its crisp texture. Cut chunks of iceberg lettuce into the same size and shape as a hamburger bun or slice of bread, or simply layer a few leaves of lettuce on top of each other. Iceberg lettuce is one of the most hydrating vegetables out there; and, this crispy and crunchy vegetable has very few calories.
Mushroom Caps: Large mushroom caps are almost identical to the size and shape of hamburger buns, and make for a sturdy vessel to hold your sandwich fixins’ in place! Additionally, the large amount of space they take up doesn’t come with many calories! You’ll get a good serving of B-vitamins – important for healthy metabolism and nervous system – with these bun substitutes. Try grilling, baking, or sautéing, in small amount of oil, before preparing your sandwich!
Cauliflower: Cauliflower is now notorious for its versatility as an ingredient substitute in popular high-carb recipes. You can use cauliflower to make anything from tater tots to pizza crust and bread. Cauliflower is considered a superfood powerhouse, as it contains an impressive array of nutrients, like vitamin C and cancer-fighting compounds. Try this cauliflower bread recipe, and get creative with your toppings!
Cloud Bread: Cloud bread is considered a low-carb miracle bread. Subbing cloud bread in for regular bread is a great way to satisfy a bread craving without the need for any grains. It uses four simple ingredients – eggs, cream of tartar, cream cheese, and a zero-calorie sweetener. In a few easy steps, you can create sandwich rounds that are light, airy, and packed with protein! You can find an easy and delicious cloud bread burger recipe here.
We’d love to hear how your low-carb sandwiches turn out, let us know if you use one of our recipes from the blog or have a unique way to get your craving in!