Do you like bread? I like bread.
(I’m just like Eddie Izzard. Except I am not an executive transvestite. Five virtual cookies to anyone who followed that reference without having to watch the video … and if you do need to watch it, you’ll catch my meaning right at the end of the clip below.)
That said, I’m a little picky about what bread I eat. I like my bread to have some substance to it. Seeds! Nuts! Texture! Yes! Basically, if I can actually see that my slice is packed with some nutritious goodies, I’m a pretty happy camper.
No surprise, then, that the Arnold Extra Grainy Breads were a pretty big hit, right?
When Arnold Bread contacted me about checking out their three new breads — 17 Grains & Seeds, Cracked Wheat & Oats and Flax & Sesame Seed, they billed it as a great option for fueling a run (or an awesome recovery snack for afterward). When I don’t have time to whip up a smoothie before a morning workout, a slice of toast with some nut butter is one of my faves, so, well, I was sold on trying it right away. The fact that these varieties pack between 11 and 18 grams of whole grains in each slice? Even better. (You know how I like getting my whole grains on.)
Turns out all three are totally delish, but my favorite was definitely the 17 Grains & Seeds. For one thing, the nutritionals are just fantastic: 18g whole grains, 4g fiber, 5 g protein, only 2g sugar and 110 calories in each slice. But the bigger deal to me is the fact that those grains and seeds are obvious — they give the bread a really satisfying texture, not to mention the fact that they make it really flavorful. The slices are fairly thin, but because of all that texture, a single slice still feels pretty hearty — and it doesn’t do a sad flop when you top it with nut butter. You know what I mean. Nobody digs that.
What kind of bread do you keep on hand? We almost always have two kinds in our house because my husband and I don’t agree on what makes a bread delicious. —Kristen