Healthy with Nedi’s Favorite Toppings for GGs a.k.a. The Weight Loss Cracker
So what’s with all the hype about the Scandinavian fiber crackers also known as GGs?! Well, for starters they are super high in fiber and very low in net carbs, meaning you can enjoy quite a few of them without feeling guilty or bloated. My dear friend Tanya Zuckerbrot introduced me to them years ago and I have been obsessed ever since. Tanya, creator of the F-Factor diet, has helped thousands of people around the world to loose weight while eating these fiber crackers and following her F-Factor diet plan.
Tanya recommends starting the day off with four GGs as that will ensure you will stay full up until lunch without munching on empty calories. She says, “if you are going to have 1, you must commit to 4.” Four filling fiber crackers contain only 80 calories and a whopping 16g of belly filling fiber! They are the perfect swap for a carb loaded bagel (1 bagel has the same amount of calories as 6 slices of bread!) or toast. GG crackers are not gluten-free, but due to their high content of fiber they are very low in gluten and net carbs. Unless you have a gluten allergy, you should be absolutely fine eating GGs and enjoying your weight loss journey. I myself avoid gluten as much as possible, but since I am not gluten intolerant or celiac, I have no problem eating these miracle crackers. My stomach has never been flatter!
Since I eat GGs for breakfast everyday, I have gotten creative with my toppings. Below is a guide to my absolute favorite toppings, some of them being vegan friendly. What I love the most about these GGs is how healthy and versatile they can be. You can make a sweet or savory topping by adding your favorite fruits, vegetables, nut butters, hummus or vegan yogurts. The possibilities are endless!
Healthy With Nedi’s Favorite GG Toppings
(all recipes are for 4 GG crackers)
Vegetarian Croque Monsieur – top GG’s with a mixture of 1 beaten egg, 2 tbsp Bulgarian feta cheese, 2 tbsp shredded mozzarella and a sliced tomato. Bake on 400 F for 10 minutes.
Bulgarian Kid’s Fav Combo – lutenitsa with feta cheese. I grew up eating this almost every single day, of course back then the lutenitsa spread was splattered on a thick piece of bread (yuk!). You can find lutenitsa at F-factor, some health food stores or order from malincho.com
Princessa – top four GG with grass-fed ground beef and bake on 400F for 10 minutes.
What you will need – in a mixing bowl, combine 1/4 lbs ground beef, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1 tbsp chopped parsley, 1 tbsp chopped green pepper, 1 tbsp chopped red onion, 1/4 tsp chili flakes. Season with sea salt & pepper to taste and mix well. Top the GGs with the beef and sprinkle a little bit of shredded mozzarella on top. Pop in the oven and voila!
Lox Heaven – spread a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt, top with lox, thinly sliced red onion, a few capers, dill (if you have some laying around the fridge) and a squeeze of lemon.
Egg Scramble – if I could, I would eat this every single day and not get bored of it. Top your GGs with softly scrambled eggs, a little bit of crushed black pepper, chili flakes and enjoy.
Flavorful Fig – spread a good quality ricotta cheese over GG, top with sliced figs, walnuts and if you want a little sweetness drizzle with honey.
Greek Tarama – if you have been to Greece then you must have tried their famous taramosalata. It is made by whisking tiny fish eggs with olive oil and lemon. Taramosalata can also be purchased at most health food stores.
Zesty Tzatziki – Another delicious Greek spread, top your GGs with my zesty tzatziki.
Fancy Salmon Roe – spread a good quality ricotta cheese over GGs and top with fresh salmon eggs.
Healthified Pizza – one of my all time favorite for a healthy cheat meal ;). Preheat oven to 400 F, top GGs with tomato sauce (I like Rao’s marinara), sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, a little bit of oregano, chili flakes and pop in the oven for 5-7 minutes.
Pesto Chicken – spread this pesto onto your GGs and top with shredded chicken, and sliced kalamata olives.
Avo + Egg – this combo cannot get any better. Spread your GGs with smashed avocado, top with a fried or poached egg, goat cheese and sprinkle with chili flakes.
Ham & Cheese Sandwich – I often make a GG sandwich and bring it with me when I have a long day of classes. Spread a spoonful of Dijon mustard over GGs, top with organic ham (I use Applegate), shredded provolone cheese, and sliced cucumber.
Hummus Delight – top GG’s with roasted red pepper hummus and thinly sliced cucumber.
Smashed Avocado – in a small bowl, mash 1 avocado with squeeze of lime, 1 tbsp chopped cilantro, 1/4 tsp cumin, and crushed black pepper. Spread evenly on GGs and sprinkle with nutritional yeast.
PB&J – spread a spoonful of organic peanut butter, top with a good quality jam (I like Juice Press’s berry jam) and enjoy.
Almond Banana Protein – spread a spoonful of organic almond butter, top with thinly sliced banana, drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon and chia seeds.
Coco-Nut – top your GGs with a vegan coconut yogurt, slices of kiwi, and orange zest.
Yummy Lutenitsa – just like the above’s Bulgarian Kid’s Fav Combo but without the feta cheese!
Flavorful White Bean Dip – similar to hummus, make this white bean spread by combining white beans, sun dried tomatoes, jalapeño pepper, garlic, roasted red pepper, lemon juice, mint and pulse in the food processor until smooth. Top your GGs with the spread and enjoy!
Arugula Pesto with Mushrooms – spread this pesto onto your GGs and top with sautéed mushrooms. Super yum!
Tofu Scramble – instead of eggs, make scrambled tofu with your favorite veggies and top your GGs for a protein-filling breakfast.
Baba Ganouj – spread a spoonful of baba ganouj over your GGs and top with pomegranate seeds. Baba ganouj is a Middle Eastern dip that is made out of grilled eggplant, garlic, tahini, and lemon. It can be found in many health food stores.
Sun Dried Tomato – top GGs with vegan cashew cheese (tastes similar to goat cheese) and place sun dried tomatoes on top.
Juicy Peaches – spread a spoonful of a vegan peach yogurt (I like Kite Hill) and top with a thin slice of peach. It is the bomb!
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