Before You Ever Buy Bread Again…Read This! (And Find The Healthiest Bread On The Market)

Yes, I eat bread.

It’s time to address the many questions I get about one of most wonderful and satisfying foods on earth – Bread! I don’t want to live without it and you shouldn’t have to either.

Bread is a really hot topic and is targeted as the root of many health problems. Overall, bread gets a bad reputation because grains are not easy for your body to digest, can overwork your pancreatic enzymes, contain the anti-nutrient phytic acid and an abundance of dreaded gluten. Also, our wheat crops in this country have been through some serious genetic manipulation to make them profitable for the food industry and less healthy for us.

The main problem with wheat (unless you have a gluten sensitivity) is that we as a culture eat too much of it in general. Just take a look at the typical American diet – a bagel for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and rolls or pasta for dinner. That’s a lot of grain in just one day. Even larger amounts would be consumed if we take into consideration common snacks like crackers and desserts like cookies. Additionally, commercially available grain-based products that line grocery store shelves and are served at restaurants are unhealthy. They are full of ingredients that are not food, like azodicarbonamide (the same chemical in yoga mats and shoe rubber), other chemical dough conditioners, added sugars, artificial flavorings or coloring and GMOs. Flour can be treated with any of the 60 different chemicals approved by the FDA before it ends up on store shelves – including chemical bleach! Also, the industrial processing destroys nutrients, such as Vitamin E and fiber. Remember, it only takes 4 ingredients to make bread – flour, yeast, water and salt, there’s really no need for all that other nonsense.

If you are like me, you probably want to enjoy the occasional piece of bread without subjecting yourself to of all these questionable ingredients. I’ve done a lot of research on bread brands, and have uncovered what can make grains really unhealthy and which ones make a nutritious addition to any diet because they are whole, unadulterated and real foods. 

Examples of Store-Bought Breads To Stay Away From:

 Sara Lee

 

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New Products That Make Me Scream In Excitement

This year at Expo West (the largest natural products show in the US) – I found myself spending more time in my hotel room than on the showroom floor. The Kraft petition was going viral and the media was chasing me. It was a double edged sword, because yes, I wanted to get the message out there about how Kraft is exploiting Americans by using products banned overseas in their Mac and Cheese, but I also wanted to support all the growing and wonderful organic companies by sharing their new amazing products with you!

I wish I had a chance to see more. This is only a glimpse of what the show had to offer – I hope you enjoy the recap, new products and things that make me scream in excitement!

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Giveaway: Wise Choice Market Online Store ($250 value)

It’s my birthday today! I have a whole day packed of exciting things to do, places to be and friends and family to see! I have lots to share with you from my recent trip to Expo West (the largest natural products food show in the US) – but I need to get my photos organized and uploaded. In the meantime – I am super excited to announce this giveaway from Wise Choice Market – an online store full of organic and real food eats!

Sprouted Breads Wide Shot

My absolute favorite item to buy from Wise Choice Market is the sprouted bread from Manna Organics (which is now owned by Nature’s Path – one of the most incredible organic companies out there with a mission to stop GMOs.) This bread is DYNAMITE. It tastes like cake – but has no sugar added and is only a few ingredients. The best part – it’s sprouted grain (no flour) and teeming with all the good enzymes you need for proper digestion! Try the banana walnut and you will see what I mean.

Wise Choice Market also offers an array of pre-sliced loaves that are certified organic (and therefore non-GMO) and also gluten-free by GFCO (Gluten-Free Certification Organization) for those of you with gluten sensitivities. The varieties include Cinnamon Raisin, Open Sesame, Ancient Grains, Ciao Chia, and Original, and are shipped frozen so you can defrost when convenient.

And finally, Wise Choice Market also offers a huge selection of fermented vegetables (like my favorite – Kimchi!!!), soaked nut butters, and traditionally-made organic bone broths. These bone broths from Wise Choice take 24 hours to make, and use only pure filtered water, organic bones, onions, garlic, and parsley.

(NOW CLOSED)Giveaway Details: 5 readers will win a $50 dollar gift certificate to use on Wise Choice Market‘s website

To Enter The Giveaway, Follow These Simple Steps by Friday, March 29th:

  1. Sign up for Food Babe updates - you get a personal letter from me each time I post with insights about my life only subscribers get to hear
  2. AND sign up for Wise Choice Market’s newsletter - Wise Choice Market
  3. AND leave a comment below – I’d love to know if you’ve found anything new or exciting at the grocery store lately. I’m always so amazed how companies are innovating to bring more healthy and organic products to us.

Good Luck! I’m off to celebrate being alive :)

Food Babe

P.S. If you’d like to help make one of my birthday wishes come true –  It would be amazing if you called the Kraft Foods Headquarters and ask them to remove artificial food dyes from all Mac & Cheese products, especially those targeted toward children. Perhaps you can ask them why they have refused to meet with us or ask why they continue to ignore over 265,000 concerned people…

Here’s the Kraft Foods Headquarters main number - (847) 646-2000 – Thanks for your help, together we can do this! XOXO.


Contest is Now Closed – Congratulations to the following winners!

1. Janine on March 25, 2013 at 12:43 pm said:
I’m new to your site, but so far I’m loving it! xoxo

2. Kylie K. on March 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm said:
I’d love to win!

3. AmandaR. on March 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm said:
Done and Happy BDay!

4. Christina on March 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm said:
I’m so excited to try these products, they look amazing! Thanks for sharing such vital knowledge with us, it is making such a difference in our lives.

5. Shannon on March 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm said:
I love all of the information I learn from your posts and newsletter. I also love Wise Choice Market! Thanks for doing this giveaway!!

An Organic Hotel Experience – The Inn At the Black Olive

Walking into my hotel room at The Inn At The Black Olive, I immediately was drawn to this room service delivery menu.

I had never before in all my travels (all 7 continents!) seen an 100% organic room service breakfast menu – much less complimentary! It was an incredible sight….

This was a great start for my stay in Baltimore, MD. This hotel is conveniently located near the largest natural products show on the east coast – Natural Products Expo East – which I attended earlier this fall. The Inn is completely eco-friendly and has a total of 12 suites – my suite was ridiculously large (ridiculous in a good way – I had to explain this use of the word to my mother the other day). I had my own living room, desk, kitchenette (sooooo important for my daily habits!), king size bed and a huge bathroom with a jet tub - the kind of jets that are pipeless and don’t harbor germs – and all the water was filtered – yes filtered! Can you say home away from home?
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