I’ve always loved eating sandwiches for a light lunch, and ever since I started eating gluten-free, I noticed that I barely ate sandwiches because I couldn’t eat bread anymore. But since I found a way to make myself bread again using my low-carb gluten-free sandwich bread recipe, I’ve been able to enjoy sandwiches again! 🙂 What I love about this bread is that it’s sweet but salty at the same time and gives a delicious aftertaste in your mouth after. I find it even better when toasted for sandwiches.
Now I know everyone probably knows how to make a BLT sandwich, but for this recipe I wanted to introduce avocado oil mayonnaise. Normal mayonnaise (Hellman’s for example) is made with soybean oil, and we know that soy is a GMO crop, unless you buy organic mayonnaise. Soy makes phytoestrogens that act like hormones, but aren’t true hormones and they can cause endocrine disruption. This is really bad for us with PCOS because they can interfere with the production of our hormones. This problem is found especially with the consumption of soy milk because it it has a great amount of non-fermented soy. Living in Japan, I know that Japanese people use fermented soy products like soy sauce, natto, or miso in their every day life, and yet they have the lowest rate of infertility, breast or prostate cancer. In fact, the Japanese often recommend eating soy to have a healthier lifestyle. What I have realized is that fermented soy, if consumed in small quantities, can in fact be beneficial. However, digesting soy that has not been fermented and that has been grown with GMO can be harmful to the body, especially for us ladies with PCOS. So in my diet, I do include soy, but I make sure that it is fermented and that it is organic. You can read more about soy and PCOS here.
Going back to mayonnaise, the most common ones in North America are made with soybean oil which can be harmful to the body. The Japanese mayonnaise Kewpie on the other hand uses vegetable oil, but has a lot of MSG added to it (You can just read the ingredients label). That is why I chose to see if there were any other alternatives to mayonnaise. I found that mayonnaise made from avocado oil is made from healthy avocados, organic eggs, and doesn’t use any GMO, dairy, sugar, soy, or canola. I think that if I were to consume mayonnaise, then I’d rather choose the healthier option. The avocado oil mayonnaise from Primal Kitchen or Chosen food are quite delicious 🙂 Remember that avocado does contain a small amount of carbs, but these are good carbs, so no need to worry.
For this BLT sandwich, you’ll notice that I use bacon. In Japan, they don’t actually have bacon as we know it back home, because their bacon is simply thinly sliced pork belly or literally ham slices cut in strips that aren’t smoked. So make sure you use organic bacon because the cheap store-bought ones are usually made with different additives that can’t be too good for you, or you could buy thinly sliced pork belly.
Gluten-free Avocado Mayo BLT
Put the bacon slices in a pan and fry them on both side until crispy.
Toast the sandwich bread (this is optional).
Slice the tomato.
Spoon the avocado oil over the bread, cover with tomato and lettuce. Top with bacon.
Feel free to use any kind of other low carb bread if you want. You would need to change the nutritional value though!