5 Breads that are perfect for breakfast
January and February can make you feel guilty for loving bread, but they don’t have to. There are many wonderful breads that can be healthily incorporated into your meals. Breakfast breads are among my favorites. They tend to be more densely textured, with a strong flavor profile. They also often include a lot of nuts and whole grains, helping you stay full for hours. In this article, I’ll share a few of my favorites with you.
Banana Nut Bread (with a little extra)
If you need energy in the morning, consider a banana nut bread with added nuts, chia seed, and maybe even raisins. Skip the sugar in your recipe, especially if you have overripe bananas on hand. The sweetness of the bananas is often enough. The protein and omega-3 fatty acids from the chia and nuts, combined with the vitamins and minerals found in the bananas and raisins, is enough to keep you going all day long.
Like the banana nut bread mentioned above, multigrain breads provide protein and healthy fats that keep you energized and full. They are more versatile than the sweet banana nut bread, though. You can enjoy a sweet or savory breakfast if you use multigrain bread.
The Bread Without a Name
I found this recipe on My New Roots, a great food blog run by Sarah B, a certified nutritional practitioner who specializes in holistic nutrition. Sarah’s bread recipe uses no flour, and is extremely simple. It doesn’t have a name, but it does pack quite a bit of flavor, as well as the fiber, protein, and numerous vitamins and minerals found in its wide assortment of seeds and grains. Reminiscent of a granola bar, you will find it a refreshing change of pace. The recipe is available on the My New Roots blog (http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2013/02/the-life-changing-loaf-of-bread/.)
Whole Wheat Bread
Do you love whole wheat bread? The whole grains in traditional whole wheat provide wonderful health benefits. If you choose your toppings wisely, a slice or two of whole wheat can provide an excellent start to your day.
Unlike many processed breads, sourdough is very nutritious and digests easily. The lactic acid in sourdough makes vitamins and minerals more easily accessible by neutralizing the enzymes in flour that normally interfere with the absorption of these nutrients. The lactic acid provides two other great nutrition benefits for sourdough lovers – it prevents insulin spikes by slowing down glucose release and makes the gluten protein more digestible.
Breakfast breads don’t have to be boring and bland. Get creative, and use as many seeds and grains as possible in these loaves to help you feel full longer. Studies have shown that eating a food you love early in the day will decrease cravings for it later in the day. You’re also less likely to eat a large helping. Go on – indulge yourself with bread in the morning!