Have you heard of sprouted bread?
It used to only be found in health food stores but is popping up more and more in mainstream grocery stores nowadays. Sprouted bread is made from sprouted grains which are touted to have added health benefits. The most popular brand that I have tried is Food for Life Ezekiel bread. You can find this at most big grocery stores (sometimes it is in the freezer section). Ezekiel bread originates from a Bible verse:
“Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…” Ezekiel 4:9 So what makes sprouted grains superior? Sprouted grains are seeds that have begun the germination process or in other words they have started their journey of becoming a plant. It is believed that sprouted grains have more antioxidants and polyphenols (antioxidants that are also found in grape skins, tea, and pomegranates) than regular seeds. It is also thought that since sprouted grains are closer to a plant in nature are digested more slowly than typical processed grains. Plus sprouted bread typically does not contain any processed flour which may have less of an effect on blood sugar which is commonly described as ‘low glycemic’.
I wasn’t able to find any hard and fast research confirming these theories but I do think they make sense. If anything, most sprouted grain breads are going to be lower in sugar and high in fiber which is always a bonus.
Ingredient List from Food for Life Ezekiel 4.9 Sprouted Whole Grain Bread It is best to keep sprouted bread in the fridge or freezer since there are not any preservatives to keep it shelf stable for very long. It is a very wheaty hearty bread but not in an overpowering bad way. My favorite way to enjoy sprouted bread is toasted with almond butter. (But then again I love anything with almond butter. :))
Hamburger buns are one of those things that I hate to buy since we never use up all eight before they get lost in the depths of our fridge. I’ve tried freezing the extras but they never taste as good the second time around. One solution is just to not buy buns and get creative. Enter collard greens! Use a collard green leaf in place of buns or bread and it is a win win situation. Collard greens are a great source of Vit K, Vit A, and one of the best foods for lowering cholesterol. I have always been hesisitant about collard greens since I always thought they were tough and bitter. Turns out that isn’t true at all. The taste is very subtle and they are tender but with enough structure that they make a perfect wrap. I used one in place of a bun for one of Derek’s homemade veggie burgers and it worked like a charm.
I’ve discovered a new food find! I picked up these Morning Rounds at Costco and I’ve really been enjoying them. Amazingly you can buy just one package at Costco and I didn’t have any problems finishing the package.
I would describe them as a breakfast pita. They are a little bit sweet due to the raisins and dried apples and have some texture/crunch due to sunflower and flax seeds. The nutrition facts are pretty comparable to just a regular piece of white bread with slightly more fiber. A whole grain slice would probably be the best option but sometimes you just need something with a little more flavor. Plus I can eat these with just peanut butter, no jam needed.