If you’ve been following my blog, you are probably well aware that I recommend keeping processed and other simple carbohydrates to a minimum. These carbohydrates include bread. So many of us overindulge in eating “bad” breads such as rolls, hoagie bread, plus the typical store brands of wheat, rye, whole grain, and the dreaded white bread.
First of all I want to mention that almost all of these breads listed above have minimal nutritional value and are not better than white bread. They all have multiple additives, preservatives and are full of empty carbs.
Now that I have sufficiently trashed so many kinds of bread, I can actually recommend a healthy alternative with nutritional value, a significant amount of protein, and a low glycemic index. A low glycemic index food is a food that produces a lower level of circulating glucose in your system than others and usually less carbs and calories.
I do recognize that bread is a part of the American diet and very hard to avoid all together. Since finally identifying this healthier alternative I have switched over and have been very satisfied with the product. The type of bread I recommend is sprouted grain and the brand is Ezekiel.
Sprouted grain bread is harvested from the shoots that grow from the grain or seed. Typical grains are processed from the whole grain before it sprouts. The sprouts require more protein, vitamins, and use up energy (sugar=carbs) in order to grow. This produces bread with higher levels of protein, vitamins, and less carbohydrates than the typical breads you most likely have been consuming.
Ezekiel has 5 different varieties of sprouted grain breads. The Ezekiel brand is also a very natural alternative without any preservatives or artificial ingredients and has no (zero) flour or refined sugars! It’s so natural that I have to keep it in the fridge or it will go bad in a few days on the counter or in the bread drawer.
Why the name Ezekiel? “Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…” Ezekiel 4:9. When you read the ingredients it makes sense. Remember though, it’s still a bread so I do not recommend eating half the loaf in one sitting. It still has carbs and calories. That being said it has only 80 calories per slice. See the nutritional facts below and notice that all the ingredients are all natural. Feel free to head into your kitchen and compare the ingredients and nutritional information of Ezekiel bread to the bread you purchased recently. I bet you will be amazed.
Organic Sprouted Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Rye, Organic Sprouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Oats, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Sprouted Corn, Organic Sprouted Brown Rice, Fresh Yeast, Organic Wheat Gluten, Sea Salt.
Be careful of other brands of sprouted grains as many have additives and artificial ingredients. Read the labels carefully. By the way I think Ezekiel bread tastes the best when it’s toasted. Enjoy!
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