You do not have to avoid your local bakery like a plague if you are watching what you eat! You can get so many healthy, low-calorie items in a bakery! As long as you pick the right item while keeping an eye on its caloric content, then you can add plenty of varieties of bread to your diet. After all, high-quality bread made from unrefined products are nutritious and delicious. They also curb the craving for carbs, minimizing the likelihood of binge eating. In today’s post, we are listing down some of the best items you should pick on your next visit to your local bakery:
A bagel is a doughnut-shaped bread with a crunchy crust and dense, soft insides. This chewy, doughy bread is perfect in the mornings when you want to eat a bread while sipping a cuppa joe! We love pairing bagels with smoked salmon (wild, please!), a hint of cream cheese and lettuce.
An average sized bagel yields about 240 calories, 4 grams of fiber and 450 milligrams of sodium. When choosing bagels, go for the plain kind made with whole grains!
Just like bagels, English muffins are a perennial breakfast favorite. The muffins are made from yeast-leavened bread that’s browned and toasted. English muffins work great with sweet topping (marmalade, jams, honey) and savory toppings (sausages, cooked eggs, bacon, cheese). Although a bacon topped English muffins sounds tempting for breakfast, go for plain English muffins if you are watching your caloric intake.
An average English muffin contains about 160 calories as well as 3 grams of fiber. For a healthy kick, pair your English muffin with a hint of marmalade or raw honey!
Whole-wheat bread is very versatile. You can take it in the morning, for lunch, or dinner. You can make a quick snack when paired with hard-boiled eggs, low sodium deli meats, tomatoes, and lettuce, yum! Most bakeries have their own recipe of whole wheat bread so it is readily accessible. Again, the key is to go for bread made with whole grains. A good whole wheat bread should feature whole chunks of grains all over, not just on top.
A slice of whole wheat bread contains 120 calories, at least 3 grams of fiber, and 160 mg. of sodium. Go for bread that contain zero partially hydrogenated oils!
Gluten is a byproduct of grains that gums up the digestive system, causing intestinal inflammation. Some people are sensitive to gluten and avoid wheat-based products. If you are sensitive to gluten, you can always opt for gluten-free bread. These bread will not irritate the gastrointestinal tract. They are also low in calories.
You can get veggie or tuna wraps from your local bakery for a light, healthy meal or snack! Depending on the type of wraps to get, they are high in fiber, low in fat and calories. They make a perfect meal for people on the go.
A medium-sized wrap contains a measly 200 calories and 3 grams of fiber. Opt for wraps made with 100%-unrefined grains for more fiber.