If you’re looking for ways to lose weight or improve your overall health through dietary changes, you’ve probably been advised to cut out bread. However, that can be tough to do. Not only is bread delicious, it also is the basis for a lot of quick, simple meals, like sandwiches, that busy people rely on.
Luckily, when health experts say that you need to cut down on the bread, they’re usually talking about highly-processed, sugar-laden white bread. There are plenty of healthy types of bread that you can use to replace white bread and support a healthier diet. Take a look at a few of them.
Sprouted Grain Bread
Sprouted grain bread, sometimes known as Ezekiel bread, is similar to whole grain bread. The difference is that Ezekiel bread is made with already-sprouted grains.
It’s made by first sprouting a combination of wheat, barley, beans, millet, lentils, and spelt. Then the baker can either dry the sprouts, which locks in the nutrients until they can be milled into sprouted grain flour, or they can mash the wet sprouted grains into a paste that can be used to make a flourless bread.
Either way, sprouted grain bread packs a protein punch, and the process of allowing the grains to sprout before making them into bread makes nutrients found in the grains, like Vitamin C, folate, and lysine more bioavailable and easier for your body to absorb and use.
Sprouted grains are also more easily tolerated by people who have grain sensitives.
Brown Rice Bread
Considering going vegan, gluten-free, or both? If so, then brown rice bread is perfect for you. You can avoid both gluten and animal products while reaping the benefits of the protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and fiber that naturally occurs in brown rice.
Like brown rice, brown rice bread is low in calories, but it has the effect of filling you up the way that ordinary bread does, so you’ll stay full longer without consuming too many calories, and the protein will give you an energy boost.
That makes this bread a terrific choice for dieters as well.
Want to make sure that you’re protecting your heart health? In that case, you need to look for ways to incorporate more Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. A common recommendation for increasing your Omega-3 fatty acid intake is to eat more fish or take fish oil supplements, but if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, that may be off the table.
And of course, some people just don’t like fish or don’t enjoy taking supplements. If that’s your dilemma, flaxseed bread may be a good choice for you.
Flaxseed is a vegan and vegetarian-friendly source of Omega 3 fatty acids, and flaxseed bread is a tasty and easy way to incorporate flaxseed into your daily diet. It’s also low in carbs, calories, and sodium and high in nutrients like manganese, potassium, and selenium.
It’s not always easy to find healthy alternatives to processed white bread in grocery stores, but a local bakery that offers healthy baked goods is a great place to look for these health-boosting bread varieties.