Sprouted Grains: Ezekiel Bread Review

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 ;)

IMG_9221 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.)

flax bread

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?

 

Comments

  1. I seriously LOVE Ezekiel bread but haven’t tried anything other than the Original! I need to try some more!
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  2. Ezekiel bread is my favorite!!
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  3. Mmmm, I’ve never tried it because I’m like you–I simply don’t buy bread because I’m the only one who eats it and it goes bad. I do the freezer trick but after a while, I get so sick of defrosting the bread and I feel like it makes it stiff. Too bad grocery stores don’t sell a half-loaf for people like you and me!
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  4. Hearty is definitely right… that’s why I liked it when I had it. I’m not a fan of super light/fluffy bread. It does nothing for me…
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  5. I’m with you – I like this bread toasted. It’s definitely not soft like traditional sandwich bread, but it’s still yummy! :)
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  6. I haven’t tried it because it has to be stored in the freezer. Do you thaw it out before eating or just throw it straight into the toaster?

  7. I love sprouted grain bread. It’s hearty, filling, and I like knowing it’s less processed. I buy the sprouted grain bread from Trader Joe’s–it’s so good!
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  8. I would soooo make a sandwich out of the slice with pb and the slice with apple butter ;)
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  9. It is the only bread I eat and love it. Because it has more structure than normal white bread, I love to use it as the foundation of many sandwiches. My favorite is mashed avocado, scrambled eggs whites and a squirt of sriracha. Yuummmyyy!
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  10. love bread and I have been getting into a habit of freezing bread too because it tends to go bad before I can finish them all. this bread looks so good, and I m a big nutella fan so I can see myself chomping these down fast:)
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  11. I’ve actually seen this before and wondered if it’s good. Now that I know a bit more I might trying it. Love love love the new layout/background girly!
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  12. I’m actually not a big fan of the Ezekiel breads, but I do love their English muffins. The only thing that surprises me is that my stomach doesn’t tolerate sprouted grain bread as well as it tolerates normal bread, which is weird because I heard sprouted grains were supposed to be easier to digest…
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  13. I’ve only ever tried the original Ezekiel bread, but I loved it! The flax bread looks great, too, though.
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  14. Yum! I love their raisin english muffins. Haven’t seen the flax bread in stores. I also want to try their sprouted grain pasta – again–haven’t seen in stores. Boo.
    Enjoy and have a great weekend.
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  15. I love Ezekiel bread! Especially their English muffins. Yum!
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  16. This bread looks SO delicious! We need something like this here in Germany. :)
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  17. I have been wanting to try this. I walk past it every time that I buy my Van’s Waffles and can never decide whether or not to buy a loaf. I’ll definitely have to now. It may not be an every week thing (I think it’s kind of pricey) but maybe once a month :)
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  18. I just ate half a bag of chips last night that were made with sprouted grains. Does that count?

    Come to think of it, I did digest them a lot better than NORMAL chips… ;)

    I don’t know that I’ve ever tried Ezekial bread, but I love hearty, chewy, grainy bread, so I have a feeling I would love it. I don’t eat a lot of bread, really, but the freezer is an amazing invention.
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  19. Great review Liz! I LOVE this bread:)
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  20. as you know, I dont really eat grains, but when I did I really liked ezekial sprouted bread! super texture and flavor compared to normal bread
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  21. I’ve never tried the sprouted grains, although I see people eat it all the time. You should do a grilled cheese with a soft cheese like havarti and some raspberry jam. Or a panini with fresh veggies and feta….your favorite.

  22. I love Eziekal bread…the cin raisin is my fave but you really do have to toast it! I just discovered these sprouted wraps at Whole Foods and they are the best. Great post! I’ve never seen the flax but will have to keep my eyes open.
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  23. Thanx for the review :) I’ve only tried the sprouted spaghetti before. It tasted ok but I found it a bit harder to digest then regular or whole wheat pasta. I really want to try their tortilla wraps though :)
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  24. they put soy in it, bummer!

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