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Eat Like Me: Sprouted Grain Bread

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

I’ve often seen people on the message boards talking about how they’re looking for healthy breads, but have a hard time picking the right thing. Look at the bread aisle in any grocery store, and it’s no wonder. There are seemingly endless choices: Whole grain, multigrain, seven grain, whole wheat, white wheat (what is that?!), honey wheat, wheat…

The bread aisle (like most others in the grocery) looks like an explosion of marketing ideas and tricks! You’ll find all kinds of buzz words on the front of these packages. And then when you think you’ve navigated the marketing mumbo jumbo, you turn over the package you selected, only to find that the “healthy” bread you’ve picked contains high fructose corn syrup, sugar, coloring, and about 1,000 other additives and ingredients. When did bread get so complicated? After all, isn’t bread just flour, water, yeast and salt?

In a perfect world, it would be. But in a world where food is colored, refined, manipulated and engineered to be better than what nature has to offer (if that’s even possible), there’s nothing easy about it.

I only buy one type of bread. And I’ve used this bread for years now and I can’t imagine ever going back. You won’t find it in the bread aisle. You won’t even find it in the bakery. But you will find it in the freezer.

It’s called sprouted grain bread, which means that it contains many types of grains (even beans and lentils!) and no flour at all. Check it out:

INGREDIENTS: Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Millet, Organic Sprouted Whole Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Lentils, Organic Sprouted Whole Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Whole Spelt, Fresh Yeast, Sea Salt.

It’s full of healthy, whole (not refined) ingredients that are naturally rich in nutrients like protein and fiber. This mix of grains and legumes also means that each slice is a complete protein (containing all 9 essential amino acids), which is great for anyone, especially vegetarians. Here are some nutrition facts for just one slice:

80 calories, 75 mg sodium, 3 grams fiber, 4 grams protein

I prefer Food for Life’s Ezekiel 4:9 variety (pictured above). I buy the loaves of bread, tortillas, English muffins, bagels, buns—every possible bread product. These are normally found in the freezer section (or refrigerated section) because they don’t contain preservatives and they’ll last longer when kept cold. (A single loaf will last for weeks, in my experience, when refrigerated.) Although I haven’t tried them, they’re expanding to products like cereals and pastas too.

So how’s it taste? I love it. But I realize it’s not for everyone. Despite ingredients like soybeans and lentils, it doesn’t taste “beany” at all. Its taste and texture is dense, hearty, and a little bit nutty. I keep mine in the refrigerator, and when you pull it right out, it can be kind of dry. So I prefer to toast this bread for better flavor and texture, or to microwave it for a few seconds, which softens it up and really makes it moist (not sure how that happens, but it works).

There are lots of varieties of sprouted grain products out there, including some hybrids that contain both sprouted grains and flour, which some people prefer in terms of taste and texture (it’s a little softer like regular bread). If you want to eat like me, then I highly recommend Ezekiel bread for a healthy, no gimmick bread that, unlike most packages on the shelf, doesn’t have anything to hide.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NERAKANN 12/29/2010 1:41PM

    Thanks for sharing! I hope I can find it at my grocery store.

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LANDOFBIZARRE 6/15/2010 12:46PM

    I just bought my first loaf yesterday and I'm not going back. I'm going back to the health food store today to get a couple of loaves for my boyfriend. He tried a few pieces of mine and is sold!

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ABHZ003 3/2/2010 11:35AM

  I just found Ezekiel bread in the refrigerated/frozen section at Whole Foods by my job. I am definitely interested in trying it. Just have to figure out how to get it from work to home. I work in the city and live in another burough so it takes me about an hour to get home. I have been looking for more whole grain, low glycemic foods and I absolutely need to have bread so I was sooo happy to come across this! Can't wait to try it soon!!!

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KHONAN 1/26/2010 7:30AM

    Update 4/8/10:
I finally found this bread at a local natural foods store and I love it! I got the low sodium version and there is 0 sodium! I couldn't believe it! I can't wait to try the other products! :o)

I recently ran across an article that mentioned sprouted grain bread and couldn't find it but never thought to look in the refrigerated or frozen sections. Thanks so much for this article! My hubby eats a lot of bread and I've almost stopped eating it because I just couldn't find one with the right nutritonal values. I'll get this and try it for sure! God Bless! :o)

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RLEOPOL 7/10/2008 10:02PM

    Nichole - This for sure great stuff. We found the Ezekiel bread here just a couple of months ago it is very satisfying. Good for my diabetic wifes diet too. Now that I know where to look, it seems to be in most stores around here. Thanks.


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FERGIE362 5/11/2008 1:32AM

    Thank you so much for the info..I purchased the english muffins yesterday, Saturday. I will also be going back to buy a loaf of bread.

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MELANIEC. 4/30/2008 10:12PM

    I agree - this is the best bread out there. I also buy the tortillas, corn tortillas and other breads. I've even tried the pasta, but I think that is one that will take some time to truly enjoy. The family wasn't so excited about the pasta - But I'm willing to try again.

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GRACIE48 4/25/2008 11:17PM

    Thanks for sharing. I never heard about this bread, but can't wait to try it. emoticon

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LTHIERGA 4/24/2008 7:24AM

  I also use this bread and I agree; it is delicious. I use is for everything and I do also warm it up in the microwave or toast. It does taste a lot better and it is moist. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a healthy bread. You can get this bread in the healthy section in your grocery store. They have it frozen or you can go to the health type market and buy it there.

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MOEDANCING 4/18/2008 7:09PM

    Even my tough guys love this bread... the english muffins...YUM!

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BETTERSENSE 4/16/2008 5:16PM

  Where can I get ezekiel Bread

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MRS.SORENSEN 4/15/2008 3:58PM

    I love Ezekiel bread! I give it to hubby in the morning, cinnamon raisin with some peanut butter. He loves it!!

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STEPFANIER 4/15/2008 2:13PM

  I LOVE Ezekiel bread! It's so filling and delicious

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WOODLANDMYST 4/12/2008 10:21AM

  This is "our" bread! Can't imagine eating anything else ever again.

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MARETINARI 4/11/2008 11:31AM

    Hi Nicole!
I'm new to Sparks but I'm finding lots of great information. I just wanted to say that I've enjoyed this bread for a long time now and it tastes great toasted with natural peanut butter and a dab of honey! Also, thanks for all your great articles and info on stretching!

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AMBER921 4/11/2008 6:09AM

    I'm so glad to have tripped across this article, because I bought a loaf of this bread from a health food store a month ago, put it in my freezer, and have been afraid to try it since then! Now my fear is gone, and I will try it today. Thanks a bunch for the info and for the eating tips. :)

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SISSYFL6 4/10/2008 11:15AM

  I love this bread! Will never go back to the other kind! :)

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PRINCESSTTM 4/6/2008 3:20AM

    wow.. my grandma used to have a recipe for this Ezekiel 4:9 bread... awesome.. thanks....

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YANDI4LIFE 4/5/2008 1:35AM

    The high fructose was killing me when it came to bread choices. Thank you for this post. I started to post this question last week, but I thought I would sound crazy. I'll have to look in to the breads you have listed and give them a try.

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CTRMOMMY 4/4/2008 12:05PM

    I got this bread for my boys' lunches. They didn't even miss a beat, complain about it being tough, or too healthy or anything about which children might complain. Of course they've had wheat bread for as long as ...well since they've started eating bread. They've never been white bread kids, and we usually try to get the densest (whole wheat type) bread anyway. I guess this wasn't that much of a change.

I just wanted to share a mom's endorsement too. Well, I guess it's really a kid's endorsement. Another good thing, is if you have children who are sensitive to gluten, there are some varieties from this company that are gluten free. Yippee!


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MOMMYTO3PLUS 4/3/2008 10:19PM

    I seem to vaguely recall seeing this bread as I was shopping in the organic section one day. Maybe it's time to give it a taste test.

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ZORAHGAIL 4/2/2008 4:10PM

    I love this stuff! It's so good. Thanks for sharing!

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GOGGYB4 4/2/2008 11:28AM

    what part of the country do you live in? I'm in the south and I do NOT recognize that brand or type

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1STCINDERALLA 4/2/2008 10:51AM

    I've never heard of this type of bread. I will be checking it out.

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COLEMANSR 4/1/2008 6:15PM

    Thank you for posting this.

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FORWHOIAM 4/1/2008 5:11PM

    I am so excited that I read this blog because I forgot how much I love whole grain bread. One of our house members cannot eat whole grains because of the high phosphorus content so I don't often buy products like this because they don't last as long as it takes me to eat them. Reading how long this bread lasts makes me totally excited!! I know I see this bread at Trader Joe's ever time I am there and now I'll have it in my cart at check out!!! THANKS!

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_RANDY_ 4/1/2008 3:30PM

    love to try new breads---can't wait to find this one!

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MOO400 4/1/2008 2:39PM

  Thank you so much for the info!

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BUBBLYFISH 4/1/2008 1:08PM

    Thanks Nicole. Bread is always a problem for me when we're in Florida so I'm looking forward to trying this out later this month. Here in the UK I just buy regular organic wholemeal bread or bake my own but no time for that when we're in Florida as there's always so much DIY catching up to do.

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MAURIZIA 4/1/2008 12:10PM

    I LOVE this bread and have been eating it for some time now. There is also a low sodium version that I like. I tried eating whole wheat breads but don't like them - guess I've just gotten used to Ezekiel products. Try it; you'll like it!

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FRANNIEDID 4/1/2008 11:48AM

    Thanks, this sounds like a bread I would like to try, my daughter is a vegetarian and this sounds perfect for her too!

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BONNIEBELLE2 4/1/2008 11:23AM

    I love this bread too! I haven't seen the other products by them that you mentioned, but will have to be watching out for them. Do you know if the products can be ordered online?

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CEEDUZE 4/1/2008 11:08AM

    Thanks Coach Nicole! One of my least favorite things to shop for is bread, because I can never find any that doesn't have some sort of sugars in it. I will check out my freezer section!!!

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MAMAOF3KIDDIES 4/1/2008 10:48AM

    I recently started using this bread and love it!!!

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    Sounds great, but how many carbs per slice, some of us are carb conscience.


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MCCURDY63 4/1/2008 10:36AM

    I think I'd like that, I love "stodgy" type wholesome stuff. I don't think we get Ezekiel bread in the UK, though. I don't buy normal bread anymore, haven't for months. We eat wholemeal Pitta breads with salad and a lean protein. I must admit I miss the smell and taste of toast. There's nothing quite like that smell!

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