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GreenLite New Product Tuesdays

 

THE FACTS:

A hearty slice of bread may seem like a “forbidden fruit” when you’re on a low carb diet. A few months ago, we featured Chompie’s low carb bread on our product review, and while we still have a place in our heart for good old Chompie’s, the curious minds here at GreenLite have discovered another delectable low carb bread when we’re in need of a carb fix.  If you are soy intolerant and Chompie’s is not for you, or if you are in search of an alternaive protein source, check out Julian Bakery.  Julian’s breads are soy free, and made from organic hearty sprouted grains.  There are several types of low carb breads (reviewed below), even a gluten free version. Sprouted grains are ideal for breads as they help make the nutrients of grains easier to absorb, easier to digest, and also have a lower glycemic index. Julian’s Bakery offers a wide variety of healthy breads for individuals with various dietary restrictions, so check out their site, because they’ve got something for all of us (and their blog is fantastic too!).

 

REVIEW:

 

Nutritional Info:

Smart Carb #1

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Servings Per Loaf: Approximately 14
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 109
Total Fat: 1g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 140mg
Total Carbohydrate: 13g
Dietary Fiber: 12g
Net Carbs: 1g
Sugars: 0g
Protein: 12g

 

Ingredients: Fresh Ground Whole Grain *Wheat, Sprouts of *Kamut, *Spelt, *Rye, Lentils, Sesame Seeds, *Millet, *Quinoa, *Amaranth, Ground Flaxseed, *Wheat Bran, Oat Bran, Eggs, Undenatured Whey Protein Isolate (90%), Chicory Root (Inulin Fiber), Wheat Gluten, Yeast & Sea Salt.

 

TASTE:

4/6 greenlite stars

Smart Carb #1 definitely tastes like the real thing, it has a very hearty and healthy flavor with a dense consistency.  Smart Carb #1 s extremely filling (14 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber!) and one slice is enough to fulfill any carb craving that you face. The only draw back is that the texture is slightly dry (a factor of the Whey protein in the ingredients), however, a few minutes in the toaster and a dollop of condiment will definitely mask any inkling of dryness.

 

Nutritional Info:

Smart Carb #2 (cinnamon raisin)

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 Slice
Servings Per Loaf: Approximately 16
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 137
Total Fat: 1g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 75mg
Total Carbohydrate: 15g
Dietary Fiber: 13g
Net Carbs: 2g
Sugars: 1g
Protein: 14g

 

Ingredients: Fresh Ground Whole Grain *Wheat, Sprouts of *Kamut, *Spelt, *Rye, Lentils, Sesame Seeds, *Millet, *Quinoa, *Amaranth, Ground Flaxseed, *Wheat Bran, Oat Bran, Eggs, Undenatured Whey Protein Isolate (90%), Chicory Root (Inulin Fiber), Wheat Gluten, Yeast & Sea Salt.

 

TASTE:

4/6 greenlite stars

Smart Carb #2 is essentially the same recipe as #1 but with the addition of cinnamon and raisins. This is perfect for individuals with a weakness for bakery treats. It does have the same consistency and texture as Smart carb #1, but this flavor would be even tastier than after some time in the toaster. The raisins are sparse and the bread isn’t particularly sweet (except for the hint of cinnamon), but with this smart carb #2, you do get more than what you “bargain for” in your diet bank account.

 

 

Nutritional Info:

Amazing Sourdough

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 Slice
Servings Per Loaf: Approximately 16
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 60
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 140mg
Total Carbohydrate: 10g
Dietary Fiber: 6g
Sugars: 0g
Protein: 5g

 

Ingredients: Fresh ground high protein golden whole grain *wheat, onion, Undenatured Whey Protein Isolate (90%), Chicory Root (Inulin Fiber), sesame seeds, yeast & sea salt.

 

TASTE:

5/5 greenlite stars

 

While this bread doesn’t have the stunning nutritional panel of smart carb #1&2 with 4g net carb and 5g protein, this bread is much lighter, more moist, and only half the calories!  It has a wonderful balance of hearty grain flavor with a bite of sourdough tang. This bread is extremely hearty and filling, it will leave your tummy feeling satiated and taste buds feeling satisfied. It has a great, doughy texture (a product of the fermented grains), and is fantastic in its natural for (i.e. un-toasted).

 

AVAILABILITY:

 

 

The one downfall of Julian’s bread is it’s limited availability. Foremost, it can be bought online through their website. However, the loaves are a bit expensive and then of course there is added cost of shipping. It can also be found regularly at Bumble Bee Health Foods in Mountain View, The Willows Market in Menlo Park has a limited selection in their frozen foods section. It is also available at New Leaf Grocery, if you happen to be in the Santa Cruz area. Check out their vendor locator through to find the closest location near you. You may want to call ahead to make sure they are in stock before you make the trip.

 

COST:

 

 

Julian Bakery bread is definitely on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for. While weighing out the nutritional panel, ingredients,  as well as the flavor and texture of the bread, Julian is perhaps at the top of the low carb game. Their bread vary from $6.50-$7.99, plus an additional $7 for special shipping (if your aren’t near a vendor), this bread will make a small chip in your pocket book.  However, If you keep the bread in the freezer and only occasionally indulge, the price could be worth it.

 

SUMMARY:

We think Julian Bakery breads are a must-try for any low carber, they’ve got tons of protein and fiber ( #1 & 2 are two protein exchanges!), and are made with whole, mostly organic ingredients, which is something we advocate here at GreenLite. These breads are extremely hearty and filling, but are a bit high in calories (#1=109 cal/slice, #2=137 cal/slice, Sourdough=60 cal/slice).  While Chompie’s bread may have a better flavor overall, the purity of the ingredients and texture in Julian Bakery Breads, do give Chompie’s a run for their money. Ultimately, the Chompie Vs. Julian debate comes down to what your dietary priorities are.

Here are some ideas for a tasty and GreenLite Friendly snack:

  • For a sweet treat, Try Smart Carb #2 with some PB2 or sugar-free jam.
  • Try Smart Carb #1 or Amazing sourdough with a Laughing Cow wedge, or Light Labne spread

For a hearty breakfast:

  •  Scramble some eggwhites and top a toasted slice with some salsa or organic ketchup.
  • Top Smart Carb #2 with some fat free cottage or ricotta cheese with a bit of cinnamon and sweetener.

If you’re feeling really creative, try using Julian bakery breads as bread crumbs, bread pudding or french toast!

If anyone has any suggestions, ideas or inquiries for our New Product Tuesdays segment, please feel free to email us at products@greenlitemedicine.com

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