I may be a little late to hop on the Ezekiel bread train. I’ve read a lot about sprouted bread and finally bought a frozen loaf of 7 Sprouted Grain a few weeks back. The flavor is great, plus the bread is supposedly one of the healthiest/best bread options you can eat. You can buy loaves both frozen and unfrozen.
What exactly are “sprouted” grains?
Well, grains and seeds have a life cycle that turns them into a plant. During the cycle, there’s a time when the seed/grain has begun to sprout into a plant but is not yet fully developed. At this time the nutrients are said to be higher and more ‘bioavailable’ than they would be at an earlier time in the cycle. In addition, research suggests the nutrients are not only higher but also more easily absorbed due to decreased phytic acid, an element that binds to minerals and is not digested or absorbed by the body. So essentially, phytic acid steals all of the minerals from foods and removes them from your body which disables you to reap any benefits from the minerals.
In the sprouting phase, the grain/seed also loses some of it’s starchiness which causes for an easier digestion for some people.
What’s the deal with sprouted bread?
On top of the information I shared above, including higher nutrient count and the possibility for an easier digestion, sprouted bread also doesn’t contain any added sugars like nearly every other bread on the market. One study indicated that people had a reduced blood sugar response/spike when ingesting sprouted grains versus other grains.
Ezekiel bread is a very popular brand of sprouted bread products. It’s a common misconception that sprouted grains and Ezekiel bread are gluten free. They are not. Although they may contain a reduced amount of gluten, the products most definitely contain gluten.
So far I have only tried 7 Sprouted Grains but Ezekiel offers a variety of flavors and products including english muffins, Cinnamon Raisin bread (next one on my list to try), Flax, pita pockets, tortillas, sesame bread, pasta and cereal. Check out a list of products here!
Favorite ways to eat Ezekiel
As a sandwich! I’ve eaten Ezekiel bread sandwiches with fried eggs and cheese, tuna salad and almond butter and jelly.
It makes a great sandwich bread, especially toasted.
I really want to try Tina at Carrots ‘n Cake’s Blueberry French Toast bake with Ezekiel.
I also make some french toast with Ezekiel bread. It was pretty good but I did have to soak it in Maple Syrup since the bread is a little drier than a standard bread.
So far I’ve noticed Ezekiel bread is available at Trader Joe’s (unfrozen) and Wegmans (frozen).
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I want to hear from you!
Have you ever tried a sprouted grain before?
Please note: I am in no way affiliated with this brand, I simply like the products! All opinions in this post are my own.