Here's a good question from reader A. Can you help her out?
For the longest time I have been a fan of Ezekiel brand bread; namely the 7 Sprouted Grains. Reasons for liking this bread: density, soy free, texture, hearty, healthy, not too sweet. Unfortunately, my love for the Ezekiel bread seems to be waning. I need something new: new, exciting, bread.
One of the issues I face is that I am in Savannah, GA: we have 1 small, local "health-food" store, 1 Fresh Market, and then a couple of your main chains: Kroger, Publix, Piggly Wiggly, etc. The options are limited; and I am mostly able to find mainstream types of bread.
The other issue - the one that brings me to email you - is that in the 3 different packages of bread I have tried over the past couple of weeks in my search for a new favorite, I have come to the conclusion that most store-bought bread is well, CRAP. Too sweet, unbelievably sweet, and completely devoid of texture or subtle flavors. It's merely a vehicle for getting whatever it is you put on it into your mouth. This is not the kind of bread for me.
So I'm curious: what kind of bread do you buy? What kind of bread do the other readers buy? Is there a great, easy to find brand of bread that fulfills my expectations like Ezekiel did that I can turn to during my need for change?
Please, AT; I have no one else to turn to.
A. sounds a little desperate! What do you think - do you have a favorite sandwich bread that you can recommend?
We like the Trader Joe's Complete Protein Bread California-Style; it's made with sprouted wheatberries, corn, oats, and other good whole grains. It lasts a long time and is splendid for toast.
But it sounds like A. doesn't have a TJ's close by, so the one other recommendation we'll give (you knew we were coming to this, right?) is to try baking her own. We love the oatmeal toasting bread we made last week; have you tried it yet?
We know that bread baking on a regular basis isn't practical for everyone, though. What's your favorite healthy, interesting bread?