Bread is a staple of Western diets, but it’s unfortunately not the healthiest food around. Whether you’re buying a sliced loaf at the supermarket or getting a sandwich at the deli, most commercial breads contains loads of sugar and artificial ingredients. Even more expensive and artisanal breads often contains excessive sugars and bleaching agents, but it’s very difficult to remove bread from your diet completely.
Luckily, you don’t have to! Bread can be healthy if you find the right type, and it remains an important part of your diet due to its essential grains, minerals, and even carbohydrates. If you’re looking for a healthier and tastier replacement for sugary white breads or processed wheat breads, look no further than Ezekiel bread!
What is Ezekiel Bread?
Many commercial Ezekiel breads have their own variation on the recipe with the inclusion of different grains and legumes, but you can expect to find similar ingredients in all loaves no matter the brand.
It's made with four types of cereal grains and two types of legumes. In DAYBREAK MILL Ezekiel bread mix, it has whole wheat, millet, barley, rye, lentils, black turtle beans, navy beans and pinto beans. Mild-tasting millet is teeming with disease-fighting antioxidants, barley “acts as a bulking agent, which can help push waste through the digestive tract, regulating bowel movements,” says Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CDN. And the type of fibre in rye is somewhat unique as it is extremely binding with water molecules, meaning that it makes you feel full very quickly.
Lentils contain the highest amount of protein originating from any plant. The amount of protein found in lentils is up to 35%, which is comparable to red meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products.
Ezekiel bread is made from soaked whole grains plus legumes among other seeds that then sprout before being ground up and baked. Sprouted grains and legumes are much lower in gluten, and because the sprouting process breaks down enzyme inhibitors, the bread is, therefore, easier to digest and much more nutrient dense. This means you’re getting all of the essential whole grains, fibre, plus other vitamins and minerals that are often severely lacking in most store-bought breads.
The Nutritional Profile
In one slice of bread, you’re likely to get:
You’ll also get a small amount of vitamins B1, B6, B12, plus minerals like magnesium and phosphorous.
All of these nutrients help to keep you full without causing a spike in blood sugar which is great for diabetics, athletes, and those looking to lose weight. The protein content is especially great for athletes who need a constant source of energy from their foods, and the fibre is enough to help round out any diet.
Ezekiel bread is a great tasting nutritional powerhouse, and it’s worth trying if you love bread but are tired of unhealthy and sugar-loaded varieties. It’s as versatile and tasty as any other bread, but you’ll be able to keep off the pounds while getting all of the vitamins and minerals you need to feel your best. Whether prepared as toast, with a sandwich, or simply on its own, try Ezekiel bread today to see what this ancient food is all about!
1 cup of warm water
1/2 Tbls yeast
2 Tbls honey
2 Tbls extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup Ezekiel bread mix
2 cups unbleached stoneground
Combine yeast and honey. Let yeast develop for 5 minutes. Add other ingredients in order and mix. If too sticky, add a bit more mix or unbleached flour around bowl edge and knead in. Place in an oiled bowl in warm place for 15 minutes, covered. Punch down and let rise for 15 minutes more. Make into loaf and place in small loaf pan. Let rise in the warmed oven for 20 minutes. While still in the oven, turn the oven on to 325 degrees and bake for 40 mins.
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