The Low Down on Ezekiel Low Sodium Bread
Bread tends to be a problem on the low sodium diet. The loaves of bread we typically purchase at our local stores are loaded full of preservatives to ensure that they have a long shelf life (both in the store and in your home). Bread was never meant to be this way. A loaf of bread was typically baked and eaten in the same day. It had natural ingredients and would mold quickly if left on a countertop. So that brings me to the concept of low sodium bread. There are a few manufacturers that are producing low and no sodium bread, so today we will get into the low down on Low Sodium Ezekiel Bread.
Ezekiel bread is from the Food for Life Baking Company. Their recipe is based upon the Biblical Scripture: Ezekiel 4:9 and is based upon sprouted grains of wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt. They don’t use any flour or refined sugars. It is typically found in the Freezer section of your grocery store. Each loaf has zero sodium. The bread is similar in consistency to a 9 grain or cracked wheat bread.
As a kid, I was skeptical of any bread that wasn’t white or didn’t have the word “Wonder” on the side of the bag. I eventually trusted wheat bread, but well into my teens, I avoided any bread that was described by the words “grains” or “healthy”. In my mind that immediately brought up visions of sawdust or birdseed, and I assumed that the flavor profile of that bread would only prove those images true, or prove to be worse than I could ever imagine.
Due to that, I wasn’t quick to embrace the thought of trying a bread like Ezekiel Bread. In fact, to be honest, I left it in our freezer for at least a few weeks after I purchased it before I brought it out to thaw and try. I’m not normally like that with other foodstuffs! I’m typically an adventurous eater. I’ve eaten chicken hearts, chocolate covered ants, and grasshoppers (but that’s another whole story). So what was my deal with the bread? I think that bread is very foundational part of what we eat in life. From an early age it is typically a staple in our American diets. From peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, to garlic toast, bread frames a lot of the meals we eat. So it would not be good to have to be stuck with a bread that you didn’t like.
I finally broke out the loaf of bread. Do you know what I found out? It’s pretty much the same as all the other Wheat and 9 Grain breads you will try. Of course it has a different taste than you are used to, unless you’ve only been eating sprouted grain bread for most of your life. It is solid and reminds me texture-wise as being the same as a Rye Bread. It toasts up very nicely and works very well for a patty melt. The one downside, was that it was not a good bread to use when making stuffing. It crumbled too much in that preparation. If you are looking for a great bread to use for a low sodium BLT or Tuna Salad Sandwich, then you need go no further than this. Let me know if you have tried the Ezekiel Bread and how you enjoy it!