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Old 11-19-2010, 11:14 AM   #1
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Evil Croutons!!!!!

Ok so I have tried everything I can to get rid of them, but they haunt my salads. I tried subbing with bacon bits, nuts, crunchy veg, nothing can replace them.

So, I have been trying new things to get to keep them in some form but not blow my whole carb allowance for the day.

New York brand Texas Toast croutons have 4g carbs per serving, what is a serving? Yeah...it's 2 tbsp. Which equals roughly 3 croutons. not cool.

So what I have done is crush the croutons in the bag (with a hammer, it's very therapeutic!) and then measure out 2 tbsp. of the 'crumbs' to make sure i'm only getting the 4 carbs worth. Actually it is very satisfying and they mix in well with the lettuce to get an 'all over' crunch/flavor.

I always pair my salad with Newman's Own Family Recipe Italian (all you ex-fans of Olive Garden will agree this dressing tastes MOST like their addictive brand, and only 1 carb per serving!!!)

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Old 11-19-2010, 12:52 PM   #2
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Gabi, I just make my own with low carb bread or low carb English muffins.
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:38 PM   #3
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i need crunch in my salad too.

i use 1/2 oz nuts, break them up, and toss 'em in. I never miss the croutons. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:43 PM   #4
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I bake pita chips and place them in my salad for crunch and that wonderful garlic/buttery taste!
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:43 PM   #5
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My fave replacement is pine nuts. I like them BETTER than croutons, and trust me when I tell you I was a crouton fanatic!
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:49 PM   #6
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I fry up some cheese, let it cool and break them up over my salad. Yummy!!
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:07 PM   #7
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I bake pita chips and place them in my salad for crunch and that wonderful garlic/buttery taste!
Now that's a fantastic idea!

Look at these as well Almond Accents Products
I know you said you tried nuts, but these are different. I really like the Caesar ones and Ranch ones.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:51 PM   #8
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Croutons are very easy to make... if you buy some low carb bread or pitas or something, just bake them in the oven at very low heat sprayed with butter or olive oil and garlic, salt, pepper, dried herbs, etc until they turn golden brown and crisp up.
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