I feel like over the last few months I have been hearing and reading about these miracle crackers everywhere. This is not an over exaggeration. I remember the first time I heard about them I was running in Central Park, listening to a podcast ( I’m drawing a blank here on the actual podcast I was listening to), and a trainer featured on this particular episode was swearing by this miracle snack that she recommended for anyone trying to lose weight.
I was not necessarily trying to lose weight at the time, but I’m always looking to discover new healthy snack alternatives. When I say I did not hesitate to checkout the details about this wonder cracker I mean I did not hesitate. I literally googled that shit during my cool down walk.
What did I find????
Cue the dramatic music! Well for starters in that particular google search I found that these miracle crackers were not gluten free friendly. My next google search (mind you this is still going on during my cool down walk) was of course …. “gluten free alternatives for the gg cracker.” MMMMM yea I got nothing. At this point I had to get ready for work and my investigative research was put on pause.
To be honest my research on this cracker may have ended there and I would have forgotten entirely about the GG cracker, however as I mentioned in my opening line of this post,
"I kept hearing and reading about this damn cracker everywhere!!!”
There was no forgetting about the GG cracker. I needed to know more!
Here is what I discovered in a nutshell……….
The GG crackers rose to skinny hack stardom because they are an essential part of the very popular F-factor diet.
What the F is the F- factor diet?????
The F- factor diet, which came out only 5 years ago, was founded by nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot. Unlike most diets that tell you to cut out certain food groups, like carbohydrates or fats, The F-Factor Program focuses on what foods to add into your diet in order to lose weight.
On Tanya’s diet there is no cutting out entire food groups! No Fat Shaming! And No Carb shaming!
We have been so brain washed to think that if we want to lose weight then we must cut out carbohydrates, but guess what, it is BS we need carbs to fuel our bodies and cutting them out will only lead you to feeling tired, cranky and weak. Personally, I turn into a real bitch when I deprive myself.
Instead, the F-factor diet encourages you to eat a combination of delicious protein, fats, and carbohydrates at every meal.
Hence the name F- factor, the diet places a large emphasis on high fiber foods, and eating high fiber carbohydrates is essential to your success if you are indeed trying to lose weight.
“Fiber fills you up without filling you out. . . . Fiber may not be the sexy answer you were hoping for, but nothing works better.” ~Tanya Zuckerbrot
If you read anything about this diet one of the first things you will see is that one is encouraged to eat at least 4 GG crackers a day. Why? Because they are high fiber “good” carb. They fill you up fast and help prevent mindless snacking and mid day binges.
So what do those of us with celiacs do since we can’t eat these miracle GG crackers????
I take no credit for the following discovery as it was Anna who clued me in on the existence of this GF friendly substitute……The Trader Joe’s Norwegian CrispBread.
Here is the nutritional comparison between the two crackers. Note: If you read most articles about the GG cracker they talk about the cracker only having 20 calories but that number is based on an 8 gram serving size. The serving size for the Trader Joe’s CrispBread is equivalent to 3 servings of the GG crackers. My comparison here is based on a 24 gram serving hence the nutritional info is a reflection of a larger serving.
OK STOP! If you're looking at these stats and your thinking to yourself “The TJ’s crispbread have more calories and less fiber they are not as good as the GG.” You need check yourself right now as there are other things to consider here.
The GG cracker has basically two ingredients wheat bran and wheat flower. The TJ’s version on the other hand is made from ingredients loaded with healthy fats such as sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and flax. The extra calories you are seeing in the TJ’s version are coming from essential healthy fats that are actually critical to weight loss.
It is all about the Net carbs. Net carbs are grams of total carbohydrates in a portion of food minus its grams of fiber. Foods The GG cracker is recommended for weight loss because it is high in fiber and low, low, low in net carbs. Guess what the TJ’s CrispBread actually has fewer net carbs then the GG cracker.
Obviously I have never tried the GG cracker, but from what I’ve heard they aren’t horrible but they aren’t exactly tasty. I can’t speak for others but the TJ’s CrispBread makes my mouth happy.
Another core tenet of the F-Factor diet is as follows…….
“Fiber and protein at every meal makes losing weight no big deal!”
"Clinical evidence shows that fiber and protein have a high satiety benefit in calorie-controlled diets and in weight reduction. The combination keeps you feeling full, for the longest period of time, on the fewest calories. The fuller you feel after a meal, the less likely you’ll be to overeat at the next meal; and, therefore, the more likely you’ll be to lose weight (F-Factor.com).”
I mean you can’t argue with that logic!
In following with this whole line of thinking one of my go to toppers for the TJ’s crisp bread is a creamy a light protein spread that I have become obsessed with.
It is actually ridiculously easy to make and stars one key ingredient: Cottage Cheese!
People tend to sh*t on cottage cheese, because well it is kind of tasteless. But what some see as a drawback is also what makes this low calorie, low protein snack such a versatile base. Literally, you throw a cup of cottage cheese in a blender and it is basically a skinny protein filled cream cheese. The flavor options with this one are endless: Cinnamon sugar, pumpkin spice, dill, chive, I think you get the point.
If you're a fan of smoked salmon and cream cheese then this my dears is going to blow your mind!
What toppers are you dreaming up for your crisp bread?