Sprouted bread is all the rage now for those that are looking for healthy alternatives to their traditional bread choices. Everyone’s eating the stuff. It’s no wonder we are so bread focused…it’s been that way for ages. Look at the Greeks. Demeter was the goddess of sustenance, (grain, bread ect). Remember the story about her daughter, Persephone? She got kidnapped by Hades. Hades, death, the bad guy underground. Demeter was so distraught she brought a great drought upon the earth….of course Hades ultimately relented to let Persphone come up for a period of time once a year…that time is spring. This is the Greek explanation for the occurance of seasons. It’s kind of like explaining why peanut butter is sometimes sold in a “crunchy” variety with a story involving kidnapping and homicide. Fantastic. Back to sprouted bread. Everyone’s talking about the stuff. They made my chicken curry sandwich with it at a healthy organic café the other day and I gobbled it up crust and all. Seems like every other conversation you hear involves sprouted bread these days……
“Do you know how fast you were going?”
“Is that sprouted bread?”
“O.K. license and registration”
“Your triglycerides are low which is good…”
“Thank you Dr.”
“….excuse me…Rita will you make sure they make it with sprouted bread? Sorry anyhow your triglycerides are low which is good.”
“What do you want to put in the particle accelerator then? You hesitated too long,..I’m putting sprouted grains in right now”
O.K., there is a healthy bread that professes to consist of 7 sprouted grains, so I bought it and took a picture of the grains for your inspection. Look good to you? I thought I only counted 6 the first time and almost lost it. I almost rang Ezekiel and unleashed fire and brimstone. I almost told their customer service representative that “the path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil breadmakers.” Thankfully I recounted,..there are indeed 7.
Did you know that sprouted grain bread is made from wheat berries (wheat kernels)? They are allowed to sprout (duh) and then are ground up and baked into bread. The reason why sprouted bread is often referred to as flourless is because the little berries or kernels are not pulverized into flour. Basically, sprouted bread is better for you than white bread!
An important note is that sprouted bread contains gluten. Yes you can get gluten free bread, BUT sprouted bread is no inherently gluten free. This is a common misconception about sprouted bread.
Some things to bear in mind when eating sprouted bread:
1. Keep it in the freezer! It gets moldy in about .5 seconds. Seriously,..everytime I open the bag I can hear mold spores “sprouting” in my sprouted bread!
2. Toast it! The bread is never very soft,…it actually tastes decent when toasted.
3. Sprouted bread can quickly become a massive crouton if you over toast it! This is not necessarily terrible. I made a veggie casserole the other day and used toasted, ground up, sprouted bread as a crunchy top crust for the dish. Turned out great, good healthy food!
Looking for a healthy delivery system for your veggies and cold cuts? Sprouted bread!