During the Attack, Cruise and Consolidation Phases of the Dukan Diet you are encouraged to eat two tablespoons of Oat Bran. This helps in digestion since half the time you are not consuming enough whole grains and fresh produce. Their suggestion to mix it into lowfat yogurt is ok, but I tried to find more ways to work it into my daily routine. I think the most exciting way I found was to recreate some of the foods that weren’t allowed in the first two phases. I came up with a wrap recipe that gave me freedom to feel as though i had bread in my diet again. I think the greatest advice I can give you regarding Oat Bran is Tip #1: invest in a small coffee grinder. I’ve used mine to grind flax seeds and now I use it to grind Oat Bran into a more flour-like substance. After you break it down to a smaller grain, it is much more versatile and conducive for baking. Here’s the incredibly simple recipe…
OAT BRAN WRAP RECIPE
2 T Oat Bran (finely ground in a coffee grinder)
1 T nonfat cream cheese
1 egg or 1/4 cup egg whites
3-4 T water
Whisk the first three ingredients together and add a tablespoon of water at a time until you get it to crepe batter consistency. This is when I add my seasonings that I’m in the mood for, or more importantly that will complement the flavors of what I’m going to put inside my wrap. This past weekend I made a delicious Cured Roast Beef and Mustard Wrap. For that, I added a pinch of garlic powder, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Then i poured the entire mixture into a large non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray. Tilt the pan until the batter has made a large thin circle and brown both sides. After that I microwaved roast beef and a bit of lowfat pepperoni for 30 seconds and put it in my warm bran wrap. With a little mustard I thought I was in a deli, not my kitchen eating something considered “diet food”. I can’t wait to have the same wrap tomorrow with lettuce and tomato, or sauerkraut!