Have you all heard the hype around GG crackers? I see them all the time on instagram, and have started to learn why. Though GG crackers, which are an amazing source of fiber, are not gluten free, I did find an alternative from, where else, Trader Joe’s! These gluten free crispbreads have become a staple in our home lately. My instagram story has been filled with pictures of these. I am sharing several ways to eat them with a variety different toppings. We have them for breakfast, lunch, and snack!
I follow The Skinny Confidential – she gives some awesome tips and tries all of the new health trends – and sometimes I listen to their podcast as well. I am constantly eager to learn about health, and listening to podcasts is one of my favorite ways to do so. Lauryn and her husband, Michael, recently hosted Tanya Zuckerbrot, who is the founder of the F-Factor diet on their show. I haven’t bought her book yet, but I am considering it! Through the podcast I was reminded of the importance of fiber in our diets. Tanya discusses why we should eat plenty of fiber, and exactly how much fiber we should eat every day.
It is important to eat enough fiber to help balance out the carbs we are eating. Plus it helps with colon health, bloating, and weight balance. Especially while eating gluten free, getting enough fiber can be difficult. Most of the gluten free foods are not very high in fiber, because they use starches that are lower in fiber than things like bran that does contain gluten. These crispbreads have 3g fiber per cracker, and we typically have two crackers at a meal.
I will say it is important to drink plenty of water if you increase your fiber intake. I aim for 64-100 ounces of water each day. I keep this Nalgene bottle with me almost constantly, which helps me keep track of how many ounces I’ve been drinking.
Different ways to eat the crispbreads:
- as avocado toast
- in place of a bagel with smoked salmon
- berries with almond butter
- breakfast flatbread
So basically, what you need to do, is get to Trader Joe’s for all of the possible ingredients. I feel like I practically live there, and the TJ’s workers in South Charlotte always recognize me. It’s an addiction, truly.
Place slices of avocado on the crispbread. Squeeze the juice from half a lime over the whole thing. Sprinkle with TJ’s “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning. Holy cow, YUM!
Smoked Salmon Bagel
Spread some vegan cream cheese (or regular if you eat dairy) over the cracker. Layer slices of crunchy cucumber over the cream cheese. Place some slices of smoked salmon on top. Sprinkle with TJs “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning. This is SO filling, full of protein and good fat, and is truly a great replacement for a bagel and lox.
Berries with Almond Butter
I am all about toast with toppings, and this is similar to what I occasionally have for breakfast on gluten free bread. Raw almond butter is high fiber and a great source of healthy fat, and the berries are high fiber as well. I added extra crunch with sliced almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, and chia seeds. I had this for breakfast and I will definitely be full until lunch!
Like eggs with toast, but crispbread instead. One day I had this with avocado spread, and egg whites scrambled with spinach. Another day we had just the cracker with eggs and spinach. Either way, it is a great, balanced breakfast, but healthier than say, an egg mcmuffin. 😉
It was still dark out when I took these pictures, so please excuse the quality.
If you buy some of these to try, don’t forget to tell me about it! Or if you post a picture of them on instagram, please tag me – I’d love to see it!
It’s another snow day in Charlotte today, so I’m off to figure out our snow day plans. I’m pretty sure it will include more hot chocolate, snowball fights, and homemade soup for dinner. 🙂