The Veggie-Packed, Low-Carb Way to Serve Up Your Burger

The following post was originally featured on MJ and Hungryman and written by Min Kwon, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

The majority of the clients I counsel have multiple food allergies and sensitivities, with gluten and dairy being two of the most common triggers. Of all the foods, bread seems to be the one item that most of them have the hardest time parting ways with. No more hamburgers or sandwiches? Pizza? Thankfully, there are some wonderful gluten-free options widely available at stores now. But if I really want to blow their minds, I can introduce them to the wonderful world of cauliflower and all its creative applications.

The problem I commonly ran into whenever I tried making cauliflower bread substitutes is that they often fell apart. Now, even if I mustered up all of my arm strength to squeeze out as much of the water as possible, they didn’t always hold their shape for some reason. And that just doesn’t fly when you want to stuff them with fixings and pick them up with your hands at some point. If you’re fine with the fork and knife action, however, then you should have no issues.

Thus began my non-mushy cauliflower bun experiment. Yes, I had many, many failures, but luckily, their destiny was not the trash can. Ironically, things started to turn around when I came across this recipe that required no cooking. Bless you, Lexi. It totally simplified the whole process. The key is to not over pulse in the food processor to prevent too much liquid from being released.

To learn more about this recipe, check out her blog post on MJ and The Hungryman.

Cauliflower Buns

From MJ and The Hungryman

Cauliflower Buns

Cauliflower Buns Recipe

Ingredients

1 medium-sized head of cauliflower, cleaned and broken into large florets4 tablespoons almond meal (I used Bob’s Red Mill)2 eggs1 teaspoon curry powder1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

The Veggie-Packed, Low-Carb Way to Serve Up Your Burger

The following post was originally featured on MJ and Hungryman and written by Min Kwon| who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

The majority of the clients I counsel have multiple food allergies and sensitivities| with gluten and dairy being two of the most common triggers. Of all the foods| bread seems to be the one item that most of them have the hardest time parting ways with. No more hamburgers or sandwiches? Pizza? Thankfully| there are some wonderful gluten-free options widely available at stores now. But if I really want to blow their minds| I can introduce them to the wonderful world of cauliflower and all its creative applications.

The problem I commonly ran into whenever I tried making cauliflower bread substitutes is that they often fell apart. Now| even if I mustered up all of my arm strength to squeeze out as much of the water as possible| they didn’t always hold their shape for some reason. And that just doesn’t fly when you want to stuff them with fixings and pick them up with your hands at some point. If you’re fine with the fork and knife action| however| then you should have no issues.

Thus began my non-mushy cauliflower bun experiment. Yes| I had many| many failures| but luckily| their destiny was not the trash can. Ironically| things started to turn around when I came across this recipe that required no cooking. Bless you| Lexi. It totally simplified the whole process. The key is to not over pulse in the food processor to prevent too much liquid from being released.

To learn more about this recipe| check out her blog post on MJ and The Hungryman.

Cauliflower Buns

From MJ and The Hungryman

Cauliflower Buns

Cauliflower Buns Recipe

Ingredients

1 medium-sized head of cauliflower| cleaned and broken into large florets4 tablespoons almond meal (I used Bob’s Red Mill)2 eggs1 teaspoon curry powder1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

This Soba Noodle Salad Is Even Better as Leftovers

If you haven’t worked with soba yet, it’s time to acquaint yourself with these protein- and fiber-filled buckwheat noodles. They help bulk up many salad and soup recipes, but they also stand strong on their own. Treat your taste buds to this Thai-inspired salad everyone will love. Smooth and tangy ginger peanut dressing complements the chewy noodles and crisp veggies. This is one recipe you’ll love having for leftovers the next day, since the flavors develop with time.

Soba Noodle Salad With Ginger Peanut Dressing

From Vegetarian Times

Soba Noodle Salad With Ginger Peanut Dressing

Healthy Soba Noodle Salad Recipe

Ingredients

6 ounces low-sodium, 100-percent buckwheat soba noodles1/2 cup creamy peanut butter1/4 cup brown rice vinegar1 tablespoon agave nectar or maple syrup1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce1 clove garlic, peeled1 tablespoon lime juice1 teaspoon fresh lime zest1/2 cup chopped cilantro, divided1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced1 small red bell pepper, sliced1 large carrot, grated2 tablespoons chopped peanuts, optional

This Soba Noodle Salad Is Even Better as Leftovers

If you haven’t worked with soba yet| it’s time to acquaint yourself with these protein- and fiber-filled buckwheat noodles. They help bulk up many salad and soup recipes| but they also stand strong on their own. Treat your taste buds to this Thai-inspired salad everyone will love. Smooth and tangy ginger peanut dressing complements the chewy noodles and crisp veggies. This is one recipe you’ll love having for leftovers the next day| since the flavors develop with time.

Soba Noodle Salad With Ginger Peanut Dressing

From Vegetarian Times

Soba Noodle Salad With Ginger Peanut Dressing

Healthy Soba Noodle Salad Recipe

Ingredients

6 ounces low-sodium| 100-percent buckwheat soba noodles1/2 cup creamy peanut butter1/4 cup brown rice vinegar1 tablespoon agave nectar or maple syrup1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce1 clove garlic| peeled1 tablespoon lime juice1 teaspoon fresh lime zest1/2 cup chopped cilantro| divided1 cucumber| peeled| seeded| and sliced1 small red bell pepper| sliced1 large carrot| grated2 tablespoons chopped peanuts| optional

6-Ingredient Marshmallow-Free Rice Krispies Treats

Chewy, crispy, sweet, and buttery ¡ª what’s not to love abut Rice Krispies treats? Uhhh, the calories, the fat, and the sugar! OK so they’re not the healthiest. But these bars? Wow. These satisfy your crispy cravings perfectly while also offering a boost of energy-sustaining, hunger-satiating protein. And the icing on the cake? They’re peanut-butter-flavored!

At 153 calories per delicious square, they’re just as addictive as the original recipe, but with 4.6 grams of protein, you won’t feel guilty inhaling half the pan more than one. With only six ingredients, they’re a cinch to whip up and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

Peanut Butter Protein Rice Krispies Treats

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

Peanut Butter Protein Rice Krispies Treats

Vegan Rice Krispies Treats

Ingredients

1 cup brown rice syrup2/3 cup creamy peanut butter1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 serving (2 scoops) vanilla protein powder (I used pea protein)8 cups brown rice crisp cereal (I used Erewhon)

6-Ingredient Marshmallow-Free Rice Krispies Treats

Chewy| crispy| sweet| and buttery ¡ª what’s not to love abut Rice Krispies treats? Uhhh| the calories| the fat| and the sugar! OK so they’re not the healthiest. But these bars? Wow. These satisfy your crispy cravings perfectly while also offering a boost of energy-sustaining| hunger-satiating protein. And the icing on the cake? They’re peanut-butter-flavored!

At 153 calories per delicious square| they’re just as addictive as the original recipe| but with 4.6 grams of protein| you won’t feel guilty inhaling half the pan more than one. With only six ingredients| they’re a cinch to whip up and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

Peanut Butter Protein Rice Krispies Treats

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR Fitness

Peanut Butter Protein Rice Krispies Treats

Vegan Rice Krispies Treats

Ingredients

1 cup brown rice syrup2/3 cup creamy peanut butter1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 serving (2 scoops) vanilla protein powder (I used pea protein)8 cups brown rice crisp cereal (I used Erewhon)

The Best News For Gluten-Free Gals Who Love Panera

Great news for all the gluten-free eaters who wish they could enjoy a Panera Bread sammy! Later this month, Panera will begin to offer their very first gluten-free roll. The popular chain will test out a gluten-free rosemary focaccia roll in Michigan this month with plans to take the offering nationwide at some point in late 2016. The roll will include ingredients like whole grain sorghum, sprouted broccoli, chia, and flaxseeds.

Related: The Healthiest Fast-Food Lunches

This roll may not be safe for people living with Celiac disease, since it will stored alongside other bread offerings, but it is an amazing option for anyone who wants to cut back on gluten at lunch! Panera has made big strides to remove artificial ingredients from their food, so we hope that this gluten-free roll will follow suit.

Related: The Exact Breakfast Items 1 Nutritionist Says You Can Order at Fast-Food Restaurants

Image Source: Panera Bread

The Best News For Gluten-Free Gals Who Love Panera

Great news for all the gluten-free eaters who wish they could enjoy a Panera Bread sammy! Later this month| Panera will begin to offer their very first gluten-free roll. The popular chain will test out a gluten-free rosemary focaccia roll in Michigan this month with plans to take the offering nationwide at some point in late 2016. The roll will include ingredients like whole grain sorghum| sprouted broccoli| chia| and flaxseeds.

Related: The Healthiest Fast-Food Lunches

This roll may not be safe for people living with Celiac disease| since it will stored alongside other bread offerings| but it is an amazing option for anyone who wants to cut back on gluten at lunch! Panera has made big strides to remove artificial ingredients from their food| so we hope that this gluten-free roll will follow suit.

Related: The Exact Breakfast Items 1 Nutritionist Says You Can Order at Fast-Food Restaurants

Image Source: Panera Bread

All You Need Is 4 Ingredients to Make This Healthy Snack

Banana with peanut butter is always a delicious snack, and while we’d never want to mess with this perfect combination, it’s fun to mix it up a little. And this salty-sweet treat is only 114 calories.

Swapping out the PB for almond butter makes this slightly higher in fiber and calcium but lower in carbs. And the pistachios add a yummy crunchy that’s so satisfying, you’ll never eat plain peanut butter and banana again.

Banana Sushi

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR

Banana Sushi

Notes

Note that this recipe makes two servings.

All You Need Is 4 Ingredients to Make This Healthy Snack

Banana with peanut butter is always a delicious snack| and while we’d never want to mess with this perfect combination| it’s fun to mix it up a little. And this salty-sweet treat is only 114 calories.

Swapping out the PB for almond butter makes this slightly higher in fiber and calcium but lower in carbs. And the pistachios add a yummy crunchy that’s so satisfying| you’ll never eat plain peanut butter and banana again.

Banana Sushi

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR

Banana Sushi

Notes

Note that this recipe makes two servings.