How to Make Pita Bread Good For You

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Are you bored with sandwich bread? Swap it for a whole wheat pita. Pita bread is good for you. A pita is heartier than bread and can stand up to being stuffed with veggies, dressing, chutney, and other fillings, when bread would typically go soggy. 

Why Use Pita Bread?

Using pita in your meals is an easy way to increase the number of whole grains.  Whole grains are a great source of fiber and fiber can help you lose weight.

When you eat more fiber, you feel full for a longer period of time and this can help you eat less.

But not all pitas are made whole wheat.  You need to look for the words "whole wheat" on the label.  Some brands may advertise that they are made from wheat flour or made from multigrain. But these are not necessarily made from whole wheat.

Calories in Pita Bread

One large pita provides about 170 calories and 5 grams of fiber.  But it can depend on the brand that you buy. There are some brands that are lower in calories. Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Flour Pita Bread for example has just 60 calories per pita.  Kangaroo brand, on the other hand, provides about 90 calories per pita and 1 grams of fat.  Choosing a lower calorie pita bread is one of the best ways to cut calories from your sandwich and lose weight.  But there are many other healthy ways to use your pita bread.

Healthy Ways to Use Pita Bread

These are some of my favorite ways to use pita bread

Greek-Style Pita

Stuff all ingredients into your pita and enjoy!

(Tip: Heating pita in the microwave for just a few seconds softens it slightly and somehow makes it even tastier.)

Mexican-Style Pita

Pita Chips

Pita chips are a great snack as long as you eat them in moderation. Try these as alternative to potato chips or tortilla chips. Follow this recipe.

Pita, 170 calories
Olive oil, 1 tsp., 40 calories
Salt, pinch
Total: 210 calories

Cut pita into triangles. Drizzle with olive oil, add pinch of salt. Bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees until crispy.

Pita bread can be a healthy part of your daily diet. And pita bread can help you lose weight. But what matters most is how you prepare the pita and how much you eat. Use low calorie ingredients and eat in moderation to keep your diet on track.

Edited by Malia Frey, Weight Loss Expert at

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