Sprouted grains. Have you tried them? There are plenty of reasons why they’re good for you (we’ll get there) but I know the big thing is, do they taste good… Well the awesome folks at Food For Life offered to send me some Ezekiel bread to review, and I gladly accepted! Since the Ezekiel bread is what is recommended for the Tone It Up meal plan, it was perfect timing. I’ve tried the Cinnamon Raisin bread, but not the flax bread. I actually don’t normally buy bread, because it typically goes bad before I can eat it. But I’ve been storing the flax bread in the freezer, and it’s held up perfectly!
Now lets talk about those grains. According to the Food For Life folks, sprouted grains are awesome for:
- Increased Digestibility - Sprouting breaks down starches in grains into simple sugars so your body can digest them easily.
- Increased Absorption of Minerals – Sprouting breaks down enzyme inhibitors, so your body can more easily adsorb calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.
- Increased Antioxidants – Sprouting releases more antioxidants that are naturally stored in the grains and seeds.
- Increased Vitamin C & B - Sprouting produces vitamin C and increases the vitamin B2, B5 & B6
So clearly, sprouted grains are good for you
But how do they taste?
So the flax bread is hearty and chewy, with kind of a nutty flavor. I really enjoyed it toasted, but keep in mind this would not be something you could swap in for white bread without people noticing. If you’re already used to eating whole grain breads, this wouldn’t be too much of a stretch, but it’s not as soft. I think that’s why I loved it toasted (like on this “Toaster Pizza” that I made earlier this week.)
I tried it lots of different ways. Obviously I loved it with peanut butter. And I’m thinking it would make a fantastic panini or grilled cheese, since the heartier texture holds up great when toasted. I can’t wait to try it with more toppings!
Have you ever had sprouted grains?