Whether you’re a nutrition guru, vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, or lover of complex carbohydrates, you’ve likely heard of Ezekiel breads and grain products made by the Food for Life Baking Company. And what makes these products so healthful? Plenty!
Admittedly, I am late jumping on the Ezekiel bandwagon – I just tried my first Ezekiel product yesterday morning. I had a slice of Ezekiel 4:9 bread, toasted with almond butter (Bonus point! Keep reading!). As someone who rises each morning in plenty of time to wake the sun (ugh), and little time for morning snacks, I am always on the prowl for a filling, quick, and easy breakfast. I must say, I was satisfied from 6am to 10:30am on my slice of Ezekiel toast. Success!
What makes this bread unique is not only its biblical reference (see Bible reference quotes below), but its nutrition stats. Ezekiel bread is made from 6 sprouted whole grain products including wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt, creating a complete protein. In order for a protein to be “complete,” it must contain adequate amounts of the 9 essential amino acids to meet dietary needs. This is especially important for vegetarians and vegans as most complete proteins come from animal sources.
The Ezekiel 4:9 bread contains 80 calories, 1 gram of fat, no cholesterol, 80 milligrams of sodium, 75 milligrams of potassium, 14 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein per slice.
The Genesis products are made from sprouted grain and exotic seeds from around the world including teff, black quinoa, barley, brown rice, spelt, amaranth, flax, rye, millet, sesame seeds, soy, chia, pumpkin seeds, spring wheat, unprocessed bran, and sunflower seeds. I’m definitely trying a Genesis product next!
Ezekiel 4:9. “Take also unto thee Wheat, and Barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and Spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it…”
Genesis 1:29. “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
Ezekiel products are NOT considered gluten-free or raw.
Gina of Simply Life commented on my Q&A post from last week, wanting to know how peanut butter and almond butter compared to other nut butters like cashew butter. Wonderful question! But difficult information to find! I did my best…
|Nut/Seed Butter (per Tbsp)||Calories||Total Fat||Sat. Fat||Mono. Fats||Poly Fats||Sodium||Carbohydrate||Fiber||Protein|
Given this information and taking into account healthy fats (mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids) and bad fats (saturated) I would rank the top 3 most “nutritional” nut butters as:
- Almond butter
- Pecan butter
- Peanut butter (and cashew coming in at a near tie for 3rd!)
Tonight I met up with a dietetics student in my community, Mandy. She found my blog in a Google search and we’ve exchanged emails over the past week or so. It was fun to meet someone interested in nutrition, and she is incredibly sweet!
Question: Have you met a blogger or blog-reader of yours in real life?
Random question: How’s the weather near you? It’s supposed to get UGLY in Tulsa come Thursday – they’re talking power outages and everything. Eep!
Nearly Hump Day! Thanks for reading!