Having Celiac Disease sucks a lot for many reasons... one of which is the FOMO that accompanies missing out on cool new food trends. Lately my instagram feed, inbox, and office has been filling up with GGs fiber crackers and a lot of people asking me what the deal is with this new health food trend.
I basically sing the praises of a high fiber diet every day of my life, so, on one hand, it's really exciting to see people getting stoked for fiber. On the other hand, of all the high fiber foods in the world... why are people suddenly so obsessed with wheat bran crackers? Surely there are better high-fiber foods out there.
I did some digging and figured out it all stems from Lauren Evarts of The Skinny Confidential, who has recently become obsessed with these crackers specifically. They're becoming known as a weight loss miracle product. I guess it's kind of the new American dream to have a mega influencer fall in love with your product and talk non-stop about it, so that's cool!
Eating fiber has AMAZING benefits, so let's talk about those quickly:
- Appetite regulation because fibre swells in your stomach and keeps you full for longer.
- Better blood sugar control, since high fiber foods are lower on the glycemic index.
- Ability to remove excess hormones and cholesterol from the body by absorbing and eliminating it.
- Ability to absorb and eliminate both toxins and nutrients (like fat and protein) from the GI tract, lowering total absorbed calories of a meal.
- Bigger, better bowel movements, meaning better skin, and lower risk of colorectal cancer.
So are GGs crackers all they're cracked up to be? They're bland and cardboard-ish but high in fibre, so they'll certainly offer a ton of benefits.
But if you're like me, and have Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivity, FODMAP intolerance, SIBO, or otherwise cannot eat wheat... these wheat bran crackers are totally off the table.
Since I want people eating more fibre, I created these DIY gluten-free GGs crackers that are super simple and easy to make. Since the flax seeds remain whole, they pass through you and the calories are not fully absorbed. They're still bland but meant to act as the perfect vehicle for all the toppings your heart desires so you can lose the FOMO when looking at all the pretty Instagram pictures.
How to use:
- Each cracker has 7.5g of fibre, 2-3 crackers is one serving.
- Top with healthy fats like avocado or nut butter, and protein like smoked salmon or hard-boiled eggs.
- Eat one serving with breakfast and as an afternoon snack to keep you super full (and regular).
- Include lots of protein, fat, and fibre at your other meals to stay satiated, balance blood sugar, and meet nutrient needs.
- 2 cups whole flax seeds
- 2.5 cups filtered water