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Jul 31, 2014 11:37 AM

Bread suggestions for a diabetic

Did a search on this site and a general Google search. Looking for a bread/roll substitute for a diabetic neighbor. I know his primary care physician is probably the best resource, but either he doesn't hear what they're telling him or they're not properly explaining.

Exekiel bread? Any bread occcasionally, I understand.

Any thoughts appreciated. Thank you.

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  1. The neighbor will probably have to determine what works best for him. Oopsy bread can be used, esp as a substitute for rolls (recipes available online). We use lo carb tortillas in our house, no matter what meal (with scrambled eggs or with sautéed steak and veggies). Also, my husband tolerates thin slices of pumpernickel and rye breads on occasion (not sure why this is, which is why your neighbor will need to experiment).

    Also, and forgive the sidetrack, lots of things can serve as tasty bread substitutes. We have tuna salad in avocado halves, or in peppers or tomatoes in lieu of two slices of bread. Lots more veggies accompany our morning scrambled eggs, etc.

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    1. re: pinehurst

      Thanks, Pinehurst. Will look into oopsy bread and low carb tortillas.

      1. re: nemo

        Some brand names, but the neighbor is going to have to limit quantities a lot, anyway.

        Supermarket: Weight Watchers whole wheat or multi grain
        Nature's Harvest lite bread
        Arnold and Pepperidge Farm both make lite breads

        Specialty, though often near deli in supermarket:

        La Tortilla Factory low carb wraps or tortillas
        Flat Out, sandwich thins or flat bread, soft
        Toufayan Low Carb Pitas
        Joseph's Middle Eastern Bakery Lavash, sandwich thins, pitas

        1. re: mcf

          Just giving a shout-out to the Joseph's products. We love them.

    2. My husband likes Ezekiel bread... you have to eat it in extreme moderation because it's still full of carbs, but it's very filling compared to 'ordinary' bread so you don't mind so much having one slice. Also the low-carb tortillas and wraps...

      1. Thank you, mcf and Kajjikit, for the ideas. I will research low carb wraps, tortillas, pitas, and lavash.

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        1. re: nemo

          plenty of recipes on line for oopsie rolls, flax bread and "fat bread", none of which contain any flours or grains.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            I make a pretty good one with almond flour, flax, cream cheese and eggs.

            1. re: Teddybear

              Would you mind sharing your recipe Teddybear?

              1. re: BabyDollCook

                1/4 cup melted butter, coconut oil or olive oil (which I use)

                8 oz cream cheese (softened -- I leave the package on my counter for at least a half hour)

                3 eggs

                1 tsp baking soda

                1/4 tsp salt (optional)

                2 1/2 cups almond meal (I use half almond, half flax meal or sometimes even chia seeds)

                Mix the first five with an electric mixer (trick is to mix a looooong time so that the cream cheese is very creamy. Then add the almond meal/flax and mix well

                Grease or spray a a loaf pan

                Bake at 350 for around 45 minutes.

                Allow it to cool completely (out of the pan) before you cut it.

                I usually double the recipe, cut the loaves in half, and use one while I freeze the others.

                1. re: Teddybear

                  Thank you for the detailed instructions! Looks good; I'll be trying it soon.

        2. I just found some very low-carb pita bread in Publix and my husband said it tasted great. No blood-sugar spike either...

          Joseph's flax, oat bran and whole wheat pita bread. 50 calories in one 'mini' pita but only 7g carb, 3 of which are fiber - it's pretty thin if you split it, but I could make him an actual sandwich with it... as opposed to a sandwich thin which has 20g carb!

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          1. re: Kajikit

            That's my favorite brand. They also make nice lavash (good for home made pizzas), small and large pitas and they used to make great LC sandwich thins for burgers. Flatout brand makes a low carb version of a burger bread.

            1. re: mcf

              We just had 'cheesesteak' pitas for lunch (well DH did, I stuffed mine in a regular sandwich thin). Yum! The pockets might be fairly thin but they held up well to splitting for stuffing... got to run back to publix and buy a few more packs because the first one is nearly gone already - since they're only 50 calories and so small, DH can have two at a time which means four meals in one pack.