Tip of the Week Thursday: How to Win in the Bread Isle

by Ashley on September 26, 2013

Hi friends! Another week almost down. I’ve enjoyed a little time on the road with the husband but am headed back home today while he heads off in another direction.

Since the past two Tip of the Week Tuesdays have been commandeered by life happenings (HLS13 Recap and the hubs birthday), I decided that waiting until next Tuesday was just too long, so this week is a little different and today just happens to be Tip of the Week Thursday!

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There is nothing better than a warm panini or a veggie filled sandwich to break up the work day. But, unfortunately sometimes these sandwiches can be as unhealthy as it gets. Without the proper ingredients and a healthy bread, a sandwich can often be nothing more than a carbohydrate bomb with a few (or many!) chemicals, processed sugars, and unhealthy grains.

I don’t know about you, but when I first started eating a healthier diet, I would spend nearly half of my time in the grocery store in the bread isle. One time my mother-in-law and I were searching for a healthy hamburger bun and after about twenty minutes of label reading, we left without a single pack. There wasn’t one option that was truly food and not just a little bit of white flour with copious amounts of chemicals and high fructose corn syrup. With confusing claims like “100% natural” or “seven-grain,” that don’t even match the ingredient list or nutrition label, how is one to ever find a simple, wholesome loaf of bread?

After that trip, I gave up on bread all together. That was until I learned what to look for and where to find it. Today, I want to share a few of those tips with you. Choose a bread that meets the following criteria: 

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All of those rules are the same for a gluten-free bread as well. Instead of “100% whole wheat” or “whole wheat,”  the first ingredient on the label should read “100% whole grain” or “whole grain.”

While bread is no longer a large staple in my diet, I still enjoy a sandwich or panini every now and then, and I think you should be able to too! Depending on your eating preference, a few of my favorite brands include:

  • Whole-wheat:
    1. Ezekiel Whole-Grain Bread
    2. Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin
    3. Rudis 7-Grain with Flax
    4. Oroweat Healthy Multigrain (Not at the top of the list, but if you can’t find any of the above, this one will suffice. This bread does contain dairy, therefore, it is not one I purchase.)
  • Gluten-free:
    1. Udi’s Whole Grain

I hope this helps you decode the bread isle and find a healthy, yet satisfying bread for your family! I recently received a new bread maker that I hope to put to good use soon so that I don’t even have to spend any time hunting down the right bread.

Have an awesome afternoon!

Good health!

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Kristi September 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Great post, Ashley! Have you ever heard of Alpine Valley?

Ashley September 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Hi Kristi! Thank you! I have not!? Is it tasty?!

Kristi September 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm

It is soooooo tasty. Low in calories & sugar, high in nutrition! Plus the consistency of the bread is soft and kind of sticky, delicious! Give it a try if you can!

Ashley September 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I’ll have to try it out! Thanks for sharing it with me!!

Elizabeth September 27, 2013 at 11:58 am

I’m a major bread lover, but don’t eat much of it anymore! I’m a huge fan of the Ezekiel 4:9 line– I love bread with texture!!
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Ashley September 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Same! I also love using well textured bread to make paninis since they hold together so well!

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