Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Here are some thoughts on bread by Mark Sisson, author of Mark's Daily Apple

I'll admit that bread can be a difficult vice to give up. Even I'll partake on occasion, when it's particularly crusty and there's real butter nearby. For most, it features prominently at breakfast (toast), lunch (sandwiches), and dinner (rolls), and it can make a tempting vehicle for any number of delicious toppings (cheese, dips, butter). Waiters often bring a warm basket of it with the menus, and, along with water, bread figures into the standard archetypal prisoner's meager meal. Bread is modern Grok's constant temptress - and some of us have less willpower than others.

If you're having trouble giving up the grainy stuff entirely (or are about to give in to temptation), why not try out some homemade low-carb, grain/gluten-free bread options to tide you over? My first bit of advice to people looking to adopt the PB is to just stop eating bread altogether - eventually including even the grain-free bread approximations, if you can - but that can be a tall order. The low-carb, Primal bread options are certainly better than the real thing, but they are still hyper-caloric modifications of what Grok would have actually eaten, so I'd advise against making them daily staples.

In my recent spinach bread post, readers chimed in with their own favorite low-carb, grain-free bread-ish recipes. Most of them involve either nut or seed meals or coconut flours and lots of eggs as the base. These are all delicious, wholesome, Primal ingredients, but in bread form they can be extremely dense and addictive. Use caution when you make these! Don't eat a loaf a day; even though they're made with Primal ingredients, you can still overdo it.

Without further ado, here's a quick roundup of the best bread alternatives I've come across. Most are meant to replace bread, but some of them aim to replace pizza crusts and other baked goods.

Medicine Woman's Roots: Golden Flax Bread
Gluten-Free Bread
Focaccia-Style Flax Bread
Oopsie Rolls (Gluten-Free Buns)
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Sunflower Seed Pizza Crust
And a nice compendium of paleo baked recipes, most of which should align nicely with the PB

Oh, and just in case you've been eyeing that crusty baguette sitting on the counter for the past hour and telling yourself, "Hey, maybe grains aren't so bad after all," check out my Definitive Guide to Grains for a reality check.

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