Five Healthy Bread Ideas

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Walking through the bread aisle at the grocery store can be EXTREMELY daunting.  Shelves and shelves worth of different brands of bread with slightly different packaging can make anyone’s grocery store experience overwhelming!
We have been asked a million times over “which bread do you recommend?”
The things we look for in bread are:
  • Whole Grains
  • More than 3 grams of fiber per serving
  • Short list of ingredients
  • Little or no added sweeteners
  • None of these bad ingredients
We decided to put together a list of some of our favorites, based on the Fooducate grading algorithm.
Here are breads we dig:
Food for life Sprouted Whole Grain Bread
It’s soft and has good levels of protein from its sprouted organic grains.  The cinnamon raisin line of breads is a great way to transition to whole grain bread for picky kids or even grown ups trying to replace white bread with whole grains. Bonus: Gluten free and yeast free alternatives are available.
All real ingredients.  Woohoo! They have fun combinations and mixes for bread, USDA Organic (& non GMOs), sprouted.  Their bread comes in cool packages, with fun names and interesting seed mixes.  And to top that, they have an inspiring story.
3. Bake your own!  Bob’s Red Mill is one of our favorite choices for baking your own bread.  They offer a good variety of “regular” flours, but also for ancient grains and helpful items like a gluten free mix.  If you follow the directions on Bob’s Red Mill website, the breads turn out fantastic (Fooducate staff tested!).
4.  STORE BRAND.  Yes, it’s shocking, but stores as diverse as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Giant, Kroger, Costco, Publix, Albertson’s, etc. can offer good whole grain bread choices.  Scan the bread to find out :)
5. Think outside the (bread) box.  Instead of using bread, try making sandwiches with something else.  Lettuce wraps are a great way to bundle up anything you might put on a bun.  Even PB & J can go breadless – try slicing an apple (remove core and slice horizontally) and using the slices as “bread.”  Try using skewers for meat & veggies in place of sandwiches.
  • Dirk Wethington

    Thoughts on Natural Ovens breads? (

  • Lauren Smith

    Some good ideas. I wonder how using Bob Red Mills compares financially to a) making your own and b) buying commercial, already-baked brands like Pepperidge Farm or Sara Lee.

    Coincidentally, I JUST baked my own bread for the first time yesterday morning. It turned out quite well!

    • iluvfooducation

      Nothing probably compares to baking your own, very cost effective and DELICIOUS!!!

  • Houston Mama

    Great Ideas here!!

  • Kevin @ Movemo

    I like suggestion 5. One of the things I’ve learned from Japanese cooking is that you can form buns with rice. That might be a great option for people who still want to have that feeling of eating a sandwich or a burger but want to stray away from bread for health or personal preference reasons.

    • Fooducate

      Great point Kevin. The folks trying to stay away from bread’s carbs may have the same feeling about rice. But for those who want something less industrialized or processed a good sticky rice bun may do the trick!

  • Fer

    Nature’s Own whole wheat bread. Its ingredient list is very short, plus it has 50 cals per slice.