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Ezekiel Bread

by jenny sansouci on August 19, 2009

Low carb, no carb, good carb, bad carb – at this point, it’s old news that bread has become the diet devil. With all the media hype around diets where bread (even wheat bread) is forbidden, you may have found yourself wondering – what’s a bread-lover to do in a bread-hating society?

I’ve struggled with this for years, ever since I tried the “Sugar Busters” diet in high school. I’ve allowed society’s anti-bread claims to induce a twinge of guilt inside me every time I slap together a sandwich. But to tell you the truth, I just don’t want to live my life sandwich-free. Maybe someday I’ll change my mind, but today, I loyally stand by my love of sandwiches.

Sandwiches rule!

If you’re in the same sandwich appreciation boat that I am, this post is for you. I’m here to tell you about a lovely little friend called Ezekiel Bread.

Now, I understand that many of you health forward friends out there on the interweb already know about Ezekiel Bread. I, however, just tried it this week, and I’m IMPRESSED!

What’s so great about Ezekiel Bread? Well according to the company who makes the bread, Food for Life:

There’s NO FLOUR in it.

It’s made from sprouted whole grains- wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt.

It’s organic.

It’s a complete protein.

It contains 18 amino acids.

It’s rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and natural fiber.

What about gluten? Now here’s the thing. It’s not completely gluten free, but during the sprouting process the gluten is converted to a much more easily digestible form. According to Food for Life, people with severe gluten intolerance (Celiac Disease) should steer clear, but if you have mild gluten intolerance you’ll probably be golden. (Every person is different, however – so decide for yourself!)

So sprouted grains, you say…that sounds raw…what does this mean for raw foodies? Well, technically this bread isn’t raw, either. It’s cooked above 110 degrees so it’s not raw. It is, however, “slow baked,” at lower temperatures than most bakery bread. After doing a bit of research I found that some raw foodies do eat this bread from time to time (because, technically to be raw you need to consume 75% raw foods. I don’t think someone who is strict 100% raw would eat this bread).

If you’re wondering what “sprouting” the grains does, it releases enzymes, causes the grains to become living, nutrient-rich food. Sprouting makes this bread easier to digest, and also reduces the calories and carbohydrates in the grain.

So bottom line, if you’re gonna eat bread – this is the way to go, friends.

If you want to learn more about this bread, check out the site here (that’s where I got all of the information for this post, anyway).

If you’re already convinced, and ready to go snag some now, check out your local health food store in the freezer section (this bread’s so healthy, it’ll spoil quick if it’s not kept in the freezer). In my experience so far, this bread tastes the best toasted or warm.

Sandwich lovers of the world, rejoice! You can have your bread and eat it too! That means you, Joey Tribbiani….I’m sure we could find a way to make a meatball sub on this bread… 😉





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Lisa October 6, 2009 at 9:57 pm

I KNEW you were going to mention Joey Tribbiani in this post. The minute I saw the picture that said “Sandwiches rule” (hah) I knew his name would be somewhere soon after.

This is a very helpful post. I am going to try it.
x

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Christine March 8, 2010 at 10:42 am

Hey there…I saw your bread post on the IIN site and I really enjoyed reading this bread blog. I have heard of it, but I never tried it and I DID NOT know that it is
flour-free! This is awesome and I can’t wait to try it :) Have a great day!

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Lisa April 11, 2013 at 8:31 am

I too just started eating the Ezekiel breads this week at the recommendation of a friend. She also suggested the cinnamon raisin version for breakfast and I am loving both! Fyi….if you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, you can purchase Ezekiel bread for a fraction of the cost of what you would spend anywhere else. Trader Joe’s sells it off the shelf rather than from the freezer…..not sure why…..I heard something about the freezing process changing the nutritional value as well as the taste…..perhaps also, because of the low price, it sells so quickly that it is not necessary to freeze. But still needs to be refrigerated when you get it home.

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