There are a lot of health fads swimming around the internet, lurking on the grocery store shelf, and jumping out at you in magazines and billboards. While a majority of these are general hoopla, one newer trend that has definite meaning behind it’s mission is sprouted bread.
What is sprouted bread? Simply put, sprouted bread is made from grains that were allowed to sprout or germinate before harvesting. Yet, there’s so much more to this seemingly small difference.
Grains start out as seeds. When they are given “proper moisture and warmth, whole grain seeds begin to sprout into a plant.” In order for a plant to sprout, it not only burns off glucose as energy — lowering the glycemic value — but it also sheds the tough outer shell that is oftentimes hard for humans to digest and releases a host of nutrients that would otherwise be unreachable. This means that sprouted products — such as sprouted bread — have a whole new readily available, easier to digest “nutritional profile.”
This higher important nutrient profile — including “protein, fiber, B vitamins, and vitamin C,” increased amino acids, a higher fiber content, and a boost of antioxidants — is also paired with lower antinutrients — “plant compounds that reduce the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients.”
While these are attractive reasons to incorporate sprouted bread into your diet, there are a host of other health benefits that come from consuming this nutritious product including aiding in weight loss, lowering blood sugar, better digestion in part due to lower lectin levels, lower gluten content, and protection from chronic diseases due to high antioxidant levels.
When it comes to sprouted grain products, Alvarado St. Bakery is a trusted and honorable company. This Alvarado St. Bakery Sprouted Multigrain Organic Bread follows the same mission statement as all other products: “to give superior service in providing the finest quality baked goods to its valued customers nationwide.” Alvarado St. Bakery focuses on using whole grain, organic, sustainably sourced ingredients to create their trademark sprouted grain bread that is moist, soft, and nutty. As sprouted grain products have a shorter shelf-life this product will arrive frozen for best quality and durability. A frozen, 24-ounce package costs $3.99.
TBH says “I love this bread. I make my own when I have time, primarily because I have an immune disorder and cannot eat regular bread. Other sprouted bread is so dry you have to toast them or the texture is like sawdust. But not Alvarado.”
Along with Alvarado St. Bakery, Food for Life Ezekiel brand sprouted bread is an incredibly popular and widely recognized brand. This Food for Life Original Organic Sprouted Ezekiel 4:9 Bread is vegan-friendly and kosher using a mixture of highly nutritious grains including “sprouted wheat, sprouted barley, sprouted millet, malted barley, sprouted lentils, sprouted soybeans, sprouted spelt, water, fresh yeast, and sea salt.” A 24-ounce loaf costs $18.99.
Kristina says “Healthy and delicious all at the same time. I think I’ve found the bread for life!”
Contrary to the name, Dave’s Killer Bread will actually enhance your health! Dave’s Killer USDA Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Bread is not only healthy and fresh, but promises to be organic, natural, and non-GMO. This blend is made with four sprouted whole grains including whole wheat, barley, oats and rye lending to rich and natural flavor and soft texture. This product promises to be free of all artificial ingredients. A 2-loaf pack costs $25.89.
Jacqueline A. Cardello says “Love this bread, super tasty and healthy! Much better than regular wheat or multigrain bread, I eat GF and can eat sprouted grains. It is pricey but this bread is so hard to find so it’s worth it!”
Columbia County Bread & Granola may not be as well-known as other bread providers, yet they promise to use only three clean, organic, and vegan-friendly ingredients: organic sprouted wheat, filtered water, and sea salt. This Columbia County Bread & Granola Organic Sprouted Wheat Artisan Loaf Bread is certified kosher and hand shaped by real bakers, no machines involved! This blend is free of commercially derived yeast, dough enhancers, sugar, preservatives, vinegar, cultured, wheat, or albumen. A 2-loaf pack costs $25.00.
J. Collazo says “We just got it today. We love it. The flavor is amazing! The packaging is awesome too. I can tell there is a lot of care into producing this quality bread and pack it to preserve freshness. I appreciate the literature that was included. I am gluten sensitive and so far I feel fine. I will do another post in a few days.”
5. Everfresh Natural Foods Organic Sprouted Rye Bread
This Everfresh Natural Foods Organic Sprouted Rye Bread promises to be baked using traditional sourdough preparation techniques and whole rye grains that have been sprouted. Along with wholemeal rye flour and grain, this blend uses only two more simple ingredients, water and sea salt. A 2-loaf pack costs $15.65.
Smart Shopper says “This bread is delicious and healthy. I really like it toasted. It has a great taste and texture.”
When it comes to sprouted grain bread, Food for Life does it right! This Food for Life Organic Ezekiel 4:9 Sesame Sprouted Grain Bread is made from “freshly sprouted Live grains and contains absolutely no flour.” This recipe is vegan-friendly, non-GMO, high in fiber, and sources its protein from plants. Food for Life promises that you will not only taste but also see and smell the difference in their nutritious and high quality with sprouted sesame product. This blend uses all organic and sprouted 100 percent whole wheat and wheat gluten, barley, millet, lentils, soybeans, spelt, as well as filtered water, fresh yeast, organic sesame seeds, and sea salt. A 1-loaf package costs $19.99.
7. Food for Life Organic Sprouted Grain English Muffin
If bread isn’t your cup of tea, try these sprouted grain English muffins from Food for life! This Food for Life Organic Sprouted Grain English Muffin uses a recipe complete with sprouted, certified organic ingredients including wheat and wheat gluten, barley and malted barley, millet, lentils, soybeans, and spelt. This unique blend also uses filtered water, fresh yeast, and sea salt. A 16-ounce package costs $4.99.
Wendy Morales says “I’m not a can of English muffins but this one, in particular, is full of such goodness! I made a breakfast sandwich with it and it contained my hunger until passed my lunch hour. It is very filling and delicious.”
This list would not be complete without another selection from this small yet trustworthy company! This Columbia County Bread & Granola Organic Low Carb Sprouted Whole Grain Bread is 100 percent organic and low carb-friendly. Their recipe uses sprouted whole grains handcrafted into loaves in a sustainable bakery. Columbia County Bread & Granola promises their product to be free of flour, preservatives, or other “added junk.” A 2-pack costs $25.00.
Another star from this wonderful company! This Alvarado Street Bakery USDA Organic Sprouted Wheat Flax and Chia Bread uses a unique recipe of freshly harvested ingredients including fresh yeast, filtered water, organic oat fiber, organic sprouted chia, and organic flaxseed. This product is USDA certified organic, kosher, and non-GMO, as well as free of nuts, soy, dairy, and eggs. A 24-ounce package costs $41.97. Alvarado enhances the flavors of this blend with organic agave syrup, organic sunflower oil, and organic pumpkin seeds.
Take a trip to an oasis with this tasty, low carb, flax-based, sprouted wheat bread! This Oasis All Natural, Low Carb, Sprouted Veggie Bread is a low carbohydrate, high protein bread that is a great option for keto dieters. Oasis uses a unique blend of ingredients for their veggie recipe including sprouted organically grown wheat berries, vital wheat gluten, vegetables, oat fiber, almond meal, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, non-GMO soy flour, vinegar, and cultured wheat. A 3-loaf pack costs $39.99.
A. Jones says “This isn’t no carb for sure. And the slices are really thin, which is probably part of keeping the carbs down. I need a break from almond and coconut stuff once in a while. And this toasts up nice and crispy. A little on the pricey side though.”
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