The Best Packaged Bread You Can Buy

October 16, 2012   100 Comments

I am always looking for a loaf of bread that I can recommend without a doubt. Ezekiel bread is one of those breads.

Ezekiel Bread Review

I have analyzed the nutrients and tasted Alvarado Street Bakery and Dave’s Killer Bread.

How do I do it? Here is some advice:

Tip #1: Ignore everything on the front of the package. Okay, this package of bread is called “Ezekiel”. Ezekiel is acknowledged as a Hebrew prophet and he included a recipe for bread in his Book of Ezekiel (see Wikipedia). This is the quote from the front of the label:

“Take also unto thee WHEAT and BARLEY, and BEANS, and LENTILS, and MILLET, and SPELT, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it...” Ez. 4:9

Whether you love the bible reference or you are repelled by it, the nutritional information on this bread is in the nutrition facts on the back of the package.

Tip #2: Look at the FIRST ingredient in the ingredients list. Here you would expect that ingredient to be wheat.

Yea! It is “organic sprouted wheat” which is when you take whole wheat berries and germinate them. You just add water and let them grow a little bit then you use them in a recipe. Sprouted grains are supposed to make the starches in grains easier to digest.

The real question here - “Is it whole wheat?” and the answer is yes!

Tip #3: Check out the grams of sugar. Yes, there are companies that add sugar to bread and even sucralose. For bread, I would also check the grams of fiber and try to buy bread with more than 4 grams per serving.

Hallelujah, amen! There are ZERO grams of sugar in this bread. Do you know how hard it is to find a bread without added sugar?!!

And the fiber is four grams, and you have 5 g of protein and all sorts of good stuff. The sodium is low - this is great bread from a nutritional standpoint.

How does it taste? I don’t know because my husband ate it all :) I managed to snatch a few bites from his hands and I think it is delicious.

To find it check out Ezekiel’s Store Locator. It does tend to be at Whole Foods or health food stores so you might have to make a special trip. I like to store healthy bread in my freezer so I don’t have to worry about paying $4 for a loaf that turns green if I don't eat it fast enough.

For one slice: 80 calories, 1 g fat, 21.8 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 5 g protein, 4 g fiber, 70 mg sodium, 2 SmartPoints

Have you tried Ezekiel bread? What do you think of it? What other breads have you found that are healthy? Please share.

This product was received for review consideration. No other compensation was provided.

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Unless you always toast your bread wouldn't storing it in the freezer leave it dry for a sandwich...I mean, you just take out what you want when you need it, right. I always heard this brand tasted like cardboard. Is it REALLY good?

I like it, but you do have to at least keep it in the fridge. I like the orange package version myself, forget which they call it. But sprouted grain in general is so much better for you.

I LOVE this bread! I have a loaf of the sesame in the fridge right now! Rich taste, very dense, yummy flavor!

I will give it a try. Just got to reading the label on my favorite bread yesterday (beyond the whole wheat part) and discovered it has sugar and soy. Neither is unusual in bread but sugar other than pure cane sugar will almost certainly contain beet sugar, which means genetically engineered. Likewise with the soy. Too bad. I really liked the bread.

I love this bread! I keep it in the fridge because my family will use the loaf in a week. Tastes GREAT. The same company makes a really good breakfast cereal--

I never had ezekiel bread, but I see it in the stores. I have to try it! My personal favorite is St. Alvarado Street Bakery. Its 100 calories for two slices, 1 gram of sugar and 2 grams of fat!! I had to run and check the label out. I'm pretty pleased with it!! I love todays post!! I'm going to try ezekiel bread next time I go to the store.

I have tried the bread and found it to be very good. I was very surprised to find it in the store freezer. It is more expensive than other breads that you find on the shelf, but I do buy it often.

If you're a what-there's-sugar-in-bread? person, it may take some time to get used to the, um, more plain taste of Ezekiel, but if you're intent on eating bread, it's worth the initial discomfort, IMO.

(Personally, the only "bread" I eat these days are Trader Joe's corn tortillas, made with corn, lime, and water. My wife likes Ezekiel's English muffins with some honey or maple syrup and that's typically the only "bread" she eats.)

Lately, I've been sprouting hard red winter wheat ("wheatberries") and either eating the wheatberries as a cold cereal with diced fruit or slow-cooking them and blending the results into homemade "wheatmeal" (like oatmeal).

Since sprouting converts starch to sugar, they've got a nice natural sweetness to them and I can be 100% certain of nothing added (since it's only hard red winter wheat and water!).

Ive been eating Ezekiel lately too - yum! I recommend trying the Sesame version if you're new to sprouted grain bread - adds a little sweetness and yummy crunch. I keep it in the fridge an always toast it; even just warmed for 30 seconds in the toaster is great and makes it soft if you don't want crunchy toast. It makes a great addition to a bean or lentil soup for lunch; sometimes I add a little shredded cheese and pop it under the broiler.

Interestingly, Ezekiel Sesame just became the only bread my two year old will eat the crust of. Too bad for her that I mostly hoard I for myself ;) it's expensive!

What about sourdough breads? How do they rate in the nutrition department? It's fermented, and that's good, right?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bread!! I buy the Ezekiel English Muffins too :)

YES!!! we love the Ezekiel brand. I have been buying it for about 6 months now and my kids never noticed the transition. They love the english muffins too! I buy the low sodium loaf, NO SODIUM!!!!! at all. I will have to look for the flax one. I always put ground flax on their toast, sandwiches and waffles.

Oh yeah, you can find it in the freezer section of Market Basket:)

I have used this bread before and found that it can get dried out. Don't know if it's because it's been in the freezer to long at the store or what. Sometimes it's fine.

Great bread..and I personally love the biblical scripture.

I have tried Ezekiel and rate it palatable if toasted. The taste and texture could be improved if it was not frozen. One slice at a time toasted, gave the after taste of stale freezer burn bread - blah! Perhaps the Sesame version is better.

The brand I have been buying is Alvarado St. Bakery Sprouted Wheat, California Protein, or Sprouted Multi-Grain. All three are labeled as organic sprouted wheat. My local grocery store stores it near the breads, but separately.

I store it in the fridge.

For those who don't want to buy it frozen...Trader Joe's (at least the one by me) sells it in the regular bread aisle.

We have a loaf of this or the other varieties in our freezer at all times. Plus, Trader Joe's has their own brand of sprouted breads, including a sprouted rye, 60 calories, 0 (zero) grams sugar, 5 grams protein and three grams fiber. It is not available at all locations, not sure why.

I've only tried the green bag type. I like toasting it, cutting into strips and eating it with hummus. Yum! Thanks for the review, never looked for sugar in bread before!

I have discovered "Smart Carb" bread by Julian Bakery; only could find it at Vitamin Cottage. It has 3 net carbs, 16 grams of protein per slice, 90 calories per slice and no sugar. It's need to drink water with it, but it's good, low cal, low carbs, high protein and no sugar.

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