Friday is always a great day, right? Well, I hope so, even if it looks super dreary here and we might have to stay inside for most of the day. That is not a good thing, staying inside equals cranky kids, more so, cranky mommy! Never less, rainy days are always great for play dates and library visits!
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For today’s post, I have picked sprouted bread. I have talked about this bread before in my Get Real about Breakfast post awhile back and always enjoy a good ole’ egg and cheese on toasted sprouted bread, delish!
For starters, let’s answer a basic question –
What is a Sprouted Grain?
First off, remember the three parts of a grain? Germ (embryo), endosperrn (starchy part to help embryo grow) and bran (helps protect grain and provides added nutrients such as fiber) – a whole grain must contain all three parts in order to be defined as whole (wink, got it!). A grain is a seed of different plants and each seed is like a locked storage container of nutrients to help the plant grow. As the seed sprouts, it “unlocks” the grains nutrients. At this time the sprouting is stopped or controlled in order to maintain the seeds prime nutrients. These sprouted grains are then used to make nutritious products such as breads, cereals and pastas. Kinda neat, huh?!
The nutrition facts look great with only 75 milligrams of sodium (have you ever looked at sodium in bread, wow!), good source of fiber and even 4 grams of protein!
As you can see, each grain in this bread is sprouted. Some products may say sprouted grains but when you look in the ingredients there is only one ingredient that is actually sprouted. They always get ya somehow, grr!
As for increased nutrients, there are many but here are a few I found from the Whole Grain Council in this great power point – Sprouted Grains.
- Vitamin C increases
- Folate increases
- Antioxidants increases
- Insoluble fiber decreases
- Soluble fiber increases
- Gluten decreases
- Low glycemic (meaning after you eat it, your blood sugar remains stable – benefiting diabetics)
What does it taste like?
A question everyone asks, be aware this is not like a soft slice of bread you would normally have and it is denser and a bit more nuttier, which I love! It comes frozen in order to preserve the nutrients.
Does it cost more?
Unfortunately it does, but remember sprouting grains can be a tedious process because there is a sweet spot in order for the spouting/nutritional prime to take place. I know at my grocery store it costs $5.49.
How to incorporate it in my diet?
Anytime you have bread you may use this sprouted bread. Ok, that was the generic answer, now you get my personal opinion. I only have this bread toasted so I add an egg, sometimes peanut butter and occasionally I make a BLT. I don’t eat this bread everyday but do enjoy it occasionally because I love bread. If I have it on hand, I eat too much. This is a great product to bump up the nutritional value, enjoy!