In the Standard American Diet (SAD), bread plays a leading role. It's the foundation of our sandwiches, the essential element at breakfast and even makes a pre-entree appearance in a basket at most restaurants. And based on the food pyramid, bread is an indispensable part of your diet.
Just one problem. Foods such as bread have resulted in escalating epidemics of obesity, diabetes and a cornucopia of other conditions. For that reason, an increasing number of health experts are advising consumers to ignore that stale food pyramid and follow a low carb diet instead.
It's a challenging adjustment to go from a bread-heavy SAD plan to a no-bread low-carb diet. One smart solution that's low in carbs, high in fiber and vitamins: Replace that bread with sturdy lettuce leaves, using Romaine lettuce.
And that's precisely what celebrity trainer and nutrition expert Simone de la Rue has done in the recipe below for Turkey Lettuce Sliders. She's the trainer to stars such as Naomi Watts and Anne Hathaway, and has written a book that includes diet and weight loss guidance and fitness help: Get all the details about her book and diet philosophy by clicking here.
And try that recipe below.
Turkey Lettuce Sliders from "Body By Simone: The 8-Week Total Body Makeover Plan"
- 1 lb lean or extra-lean ground turkey
- 1 whole egg, beaten
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp red onion, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 6 large lettuce leaves, torn in half
- 1 tsp olive oil
Mix together all ingredients but the lettuce leaves and olive oil. Form mixture into 10–12 small patties. Heat the olive oil in a skillet, moving it around so it covers the bottom. Cook patties 2–4 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center. Serve open faced on a lettuce leaf with your favorite healthy burger toppings. Makes 6 servings.