New year, same me.
(The person craving ALL the carbs.) I listened to The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast a few weeks ago, and the episode was entirely focused on fiber. Their guest was Tanya Zuckerbrot, creator of the F Factor diet. I haven’t read her book or tried this diet, but I liked everything she had to say. Mainly that using magical GG crackers for weight loss was simple and effective.
Introducing – GG Crackers…
So what are GG crackers? GG Scandinavian Crisp Bread to be exact. They are thin crackers about the size of 2 Saltines. Each cracker has 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of carbohydrates (so just a net of 2 grams of carbs.) If you are not eating GG crackers for weight loss or for general health, I would still recommend them. Fiber is REALLY good for you! The first couple times I tried them I thought they were pretty gross. They are really dry and the fiber almost seemed to stick to my throat when I swallowed it. I think if you baked cardboard for long enough it would taste similar. But then the more I ate them, the more I started to like them. I don’t know if it’s in my head but now I actually crave them. You can buy them at Whole Foods or Amazon.
Tanya said on the podcast, even if you don’t change your diet at all but just just eating several of these a day you will lose weight. This seemed way too easy but I am all for lazy weight loss, so I thought I would give it a try. And after a couple weeks I did drop 2 pounds without making any other changes!
I am all for meal prep, and go on and off cycles of meal prepping for myself and my family when I want to lose weight or to put me back on track after over-indulging for awhile. For the weeks that I don’t have time to do meal prep, I am definitely going to make sure I am eating my daily quota of GGs. I have been working on a Meal Prep 101 master post, but I just have so much information that it is taking me forever. So in the meantime, I would highly recommend incorporating these tasty cardboard morsels into your diet ASAP.
GG Cracker “Recipes”
Recipes is probably a pretty generous term here. These are more like my favorite things to put on GG crackers to make them palatable. I would NOT recommend eating these plain. They are not tasty on their own, but do make for an excellent bread substitute. For the fancier people, you can put them in their food processor for GG flour. Then use it for flour in pancakes or to crust chicken but I haven’t bothered with any of that. If I am in a meal prep week, I will prepare GG crackers in one of the below ways for a meal. On an “off” week, I will just eat one or 2 GGS with my meal. I always top with a little hummus or cream cheese. I even ate them with butter at an Italian restaurant when they brought the bread basket out.
- Pizza – top with marinara sauce, shredded mozzerela and nitrate free pepperoni or any leftover roasted vegetables
- Avocado Toast – smashed avocado, EVOO, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes
- NY Bagel – cream cheese, Everything But the Bagel seasoning, lox, capers, and red onion.
- Chicken Salad – Rotisserie chicken shredded with a little mayo and greek yogurt, chopped herbs, and salt and pepper
- Poke – Sashimi tuna or salmon and avocado with a little sesame oil, Tamari sauce, and furikake seasoning