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sandrina Feb 26, 2007 11:46 AM

I'd like your opinions on what you deem is the tastiest, yet healthful brand of bagged, grocery store bread you've found. I would prefer to buy whole grain breads that are not loaded with sugars, but still are flavorful and great for sandwiches or just plain toast. Trying to eat healthier this year. Please help me find a good brand. Thanks!

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    oldfresser Apr 30, 2012 12:09 PM

    It's an old thread but . . . If you have access to a New York area Costco, their Multigrain bread in the green wrapper is excellent. Good tasting plain, not sweet, no molasses overcharge. Plus it makes great crunchy toast. It's 140 calories in a 53g slice with 5g fiber. When I need to eat healthy I make a grilled tomato sandwich for breakfast and grilled zucchini for lunch. That's plenty of filling fiber for not many calories.

    1. bards4 Nov 21, 2011 04:28 PM

      I'm a big fan of Dave's Killer Breads. Lots of choices, but all very good. Their motto -- "Just Say No to Bread on Drugs". There's a pretty cool backstory to this bread involving Dave, a man who had a not-so-stellar past who turned things around and now makes really great breads. And while it's not "bread" per se, I do want to put in a plug for Dave's amazing Sin Dawg. http://daveskillerbread.com/

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        Kelli2006 Nov 21, 2011 01:22 PM

        I had been buying Arnold burger and hot dog rolls because they did not contain HFCS but the most recent package that I purchased on Saturday does list HFCS about halfway down the ingredient list. I sent a Email to Bimbo bakeries, who owns the Arnold brand, and asked then why they chose to us HFCS when the market is clearly turning away from it but I have not received a reply.

        I am wondering when they made this change and what bread and rolls can I buy that doesn't contain that insidious ingredient?

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          robinong Oct 5, 2011 04:59 PM

          My family has been to Penang, Malaysia lately and we came across this bakery called Adventist Bakery. They baked all sorts of healthy bread and we found one variety called Sprouted Bread extremely special. Full of fibres and there is no flour added. I wonder whether we can f ind this bread in New York city? Their website http://www.adventistbakery.com/

           
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            Cheese Boy Oct 5, 2011 08:26 PM

            You can find Alvarado Street Bakery products in NYC if you want sprouted grain bread. Fairway carries it with their health food items, and IIRC,
            Westerly Natural Market does also.

            Alvarado's Breads --> http://www.alvaradostreetbakery.com/p...

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            davebough Sep 17, 2007 11:16 AM

            The best widely available bread around me is Ace Bakery baguettes. The flat out best bread I can buy in a store is only available in a few stores in Southeast Michigan and Northern Ohio, Zingerman's. You can mail order it though and you owe it to yourself to try it.
            http://www.zingermansbakehouse.com/co...
            dave

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              goodhealthgourmet Sep 17, 2007 02:00 PM

              hmmm, baguettes don't really qualify as 'healthy' bread.

              rudy's organic makes good products, as does french meadow bakery and vogel's.

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                Kelli2006 Nov 24, 2007 09:47 AM

                The Giant Eagle chain make a very respectable loaf of bread in their bakeries but my preferred loaf(if I don't make it myself) is from Breadsmith. Their baguette is 95.9 as good as anything I ever had in Quebec city or Montreal and just a hair under what I can make myself. They also have a great sourdough formula and give it the proper fermentation period.

                Schwebel’s bakes the best Jewish-style rye bread, but it is difficult to locate in many areas.
                I prefer to bake my own white sandwich bread, but I now use King Arthur's whole wheat white flour.

                My daughter developed a taste for traditional pumpernickel when she was a exchange student in Germany during the summer of 2004, and it gave me a chance to brush up on my technique.

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                frankbooth Sep 12, 2007 05:20 PM

                Rudy's Organic- best store bought bread ever... so good... enjoy fb

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                  KRS Jun 6, 2007 05:30 PM

                  Any bread from the Silver Bell bakery is great. The ingredients list is short, they use no sweetener, and the taste is deep and wonderful. You can find it in any Polish market, such as [Kurowycky, sob], Baczyniski on 2nd Avenue at 7th St. or the shops in Williamsburg.

                  Just don't expect Wonder "Bread" texture.

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                    twodales Jun 6, 2007 06:46 PM

                    Unfortunately...I am in Chicago and we don't have a Silver Bell bakery here...

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                    lconnor May 3, 2007 03:15 PM

                    I love the Seeduction bread from Whole Foods. Not cheap, but oh, so tasty. I've even served it sliced and warmed at dinner parties to great acclaim.

                    1. jinet12 May 3, 2007 07:32 AM

                      I buy Mens Bread in the frozen section at Whole Foods...Low carb, healthy, and delicious toasted....

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                        bebevonbernstein Apr 5, 2007 04:12 PM

                        As I sit here eating my mac and cheese (yes, it SNOWED today in NYC), I thought I'd weigh in on this (and please forgive me for not scrolling through again as I know this brand has been mentioned on this thread) . . .

                        I'm a big fan of Ezekial, the 7 grain stuff. I'm not at all a health food nut, though, like you, I'm trying to eat healthier. I have to say, I really like this bread; it tastes good and I look forward to eating it. I don't think it tastes like bread that's merely there to be "good for you," and I have a very low tolerance for eating anything just because it's healthier or lower in fat and calories (the light Thomas English Muffins just suck -- I threw out half a package yesterday). So, at least try the Ezekial if you're looking for a healthier option.

                        Now, back to my ridiculously fattening mac-and-cheese.

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                          Ellen May 2, 2007 06:28 PM

                          If you have a Wegman's near you they make excellent whole grain and seed breads. Heads and shoulders above any regular supermarket brand. Also, La Brea Bakery breads are available freshly baked at Acmes in NJ. It may be available elsewhere. Their whole grain breads are pretty good.

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                            MikeLM May 2, 2007 07:37 PM

                            It's been mentioned above, but the products of Natural Ovens of Manitowoc, WI are pretty nice and offer quite a variety. They've got a bunch of whole=grain breads, nice bagels, cookies, and hearty muffins. Each package comes with a liner of healthy-eating, healthy-food information.

                            Nice stuff. We still like to go with Whole Foods' twelve-grain and seeds loaf, which is great for toast.

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                              Ellen May 3, 2007 02:14 PM

                              Oh yeah, I forgot about Whole Foods. They're good too.

                        2. revsharkie Mar 12, 2007 02:45 PM

                          I was at Hy-Vee here lately and picked up a loaf of Amana whole wheat bread. We pretty much eat Sara Lee when I don't go to Hy-Vee, because you can get a loaf of wholegrain bread, although you have to read the label carefully to make sure you get one of their varieties without HFCS (why does that stuff need to be in bread, anyway?) But this Amana bread (says it's made exclusively for Hy-Vee) was really good--wide loaves, no HFCS, just good bread.

                          1. Infomaniac Mar 7, 2007 07:47 AM

                            This may not be the tastiest choice, but if your looking to eat healthier this year, try eating unleaven breads like pita, lavash, Armenian cracker bread.
                            I love bread, and since switching my diet to using about 80% unleaven breads about three years ago the benefits to my health have amazed me.

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                              Karl S Mar 12, 2007 06:22 AM

                              Pita bread is leavened with yeast.

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                                Infomaniac Mar 12, 2007 07:08 PM

                                Then that definitely throws my 80% number

                                But if you buy the right kind, it works well when trying to eat healthy.

                            2. ballulah Mar 7, 2007 07:23 AM

                              Not sure if you can get this outside the New York metropolitan area, but Bread Alone has come a long long way since I first tried it a few years ago. They're a small producer and can be hard to find, lucky for me they are always at the Union Square Farmers' Market. I've seen it in my local health food store and occasionally at Whole Foods. They make a wonderful whole wheat sourdough. (Of course, I haven't paid much attention to the sugar or fiber content, but darn it's tasty.)

                              1. sandrina Mar 7, 2007 07:19 AM

                                On my most recent trip to Fairway (Redhook), I purchased a loaf of the Vermont Bread Company bread. Unfortunately, there wasn't much selection available, so I opted for the Oat Bran Oatmeal. It's not one of the organic ones, but the list of ingredients was close enough to what I'm looking for in a bread. For anyone interested, this particular loaf contains:

                                Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour
                                Water
                                Rolled Oats
                                Vital Wheat Gluten
                                Molasses, Honey, Canola Oil
                                Barley Malt, Oat Bran
                                Cultured Wheat Starch
                                Salt, Yeast, Soy Flour
                                May contain Sesame Seeds

                                The upside: This bread is nice and hearty, with an almost nutty and slightly sweet taste when eaten right out of the bag. It's honey sweetness is nicely balanced by the stronger flavors of the molasses and barley malt. It makes for a nice sandwich. It only contains 2g of sugar per slice with 70 calories.

                                The downside: Only 2g of fiber per slice (not too bad). Also, it didn't seem to toast all that well for me. I prefer my toast dark and crunchy. Vermont Bread doesn't double bag, so freshness may be an issue if you decide to leave the bread on the counter, which I normally do. Well, I purchased the bread on Sunday, and today (Wednesday), it's still nice and moist in it's package.

                                By the way, I also came across some "The Baker" loaves of bread. Of course, each one I looked at was due to expire the next day.

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                                  snappyT Mar 11, 2007 02:27 PM

                                  I'm from Minn. and new to this website - was looking for something else and came across your earlier post asking for readers' thoughts on favorite grocery-store bought bread. Anyway, I very much enjoy a bread found in local grocery stores titled New England Brown Bread (Brown Bread). Around here, it runs about $2.90 for a 24oz loaf. Made by Pan-O-Gold Baking Co. I've eaten it for years. Before discovering this bread, I was a fan of Mrs. Brownberry's bread - still enjoy that bread, but prefer the Brown Bread. For grocery store bought bread, I think it may meet your original quest for "tastiest, yet healthful brand of bagged, grocery store bread" - and it's labeled organic. Ingredients (form the label): Organic crushed whole wheat, water, organic wheat flour, honey, wheat gluten, yeast, liquid soybean oil, sea salt, vinegar, ascorbic acis as a dough conditioner, enzymes. fwiw, each slice is 2 grams of fiber and 90 calories.

                                  Why I really like it is the use of crushed whole wheat. When you make a sandwich, the bread crumbles (a little bit). I like the crumbly (word?) texture for toast. Note: the company makes similar looking/packaged bread that also uses organic wheat, but only the company's Brown Bread uses the "crushed" whole wheat. I've rambled long enough. Happy toasting.

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                                  luniz Feb 28, 2007 02:12 PM

                                  To me all this "multi grain" type stuff isn't healthy. It's only healthy if it's 100% whole wheat and there's no HFCS. Ideally it would have minimal added sugar.

                                  My favorite bread that meets this criteria is Oasis sprouted flaxseed bread. It is the best all around bread of those I've tried. Great taste, makes good toast, works as a sandwich bread. While I do like the Ezekiel sprouted whole wheat bread I like it much better as a toast than a sandwich bread.

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                                    odkaty Feb 28, 2007 07:20 AM

                                    I second (third?) Vermont Bread Company if you don't have a stand-alone bakery or the time to make it yourself. VBC doesn't have any preservatives and the ingredients are recognizable - same stuff you'd use making your own bread. So there's no funky plasticy aftertaste. And they have "soft" breads and chunky breads. The only think I miss when buying VBC bread v. from the baker/making my own - the crust isn't thick enough! But no "shelf" store bought bread I've tried has thick crust, is it a requirement?

                                    1. BobB Feb 28, 2007 06:46 AM

                                      When Pigs Fly, hands down! Healthy & hearty, you could live in this stuff alone. Whole Foods in your area sells them.

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                                        lambersky12 Feb 28, 2007 05:32 AM

                                        Shasha bread is great (has a yellow label)- expecially their spelt bread only 150 calories and 2 grams of fat for two slices. Check out www.shashabread.com if you want more info on their products etc....I am Canadian so I buy it here but I think it's also available in the US at WholeFoods

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                                          pescatarian Feb 28, 2007 02:14 PM

                                          Yes, I like their heart shaped ginger snaps as well (both regular and spelt).

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                                          lucyis Feb 28, 2007 05:26 AM

                                          Milton's has a bread that is high in fiber but lower in sugar. Look for the bag that reads "a HINT of honey" it has 90 cal. per slice with 5g of fiber. We also like Martin's whole wheat potato bread for sandwiches and a healthier version of French toast. I agree with magfitz about Thomas' new light E. muffins. I also found the Stop and Shop store brand of light rye bread with caraway is a good foundation for my turkey sandwiches.I once tried Ezekiel bread and when I fed it to the birds I felt guilty of cruelty to the avian community!

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                                            swissgirl Feb 27, 2007 04:21 PM

                                            I don't know if you are near Kroger but their Private Selection Whole Wheat or Whole Wheat Flax Seed is wonderful and $1.89 (with Kroger card!) It's not as dry as some other whole wheat breads (yes, it may have corn syrup in it, but to me, that's outweighed by the fact that Whole Wheat flour is the first ingredient). If I'm looking for whole wheat bread, the first ingredient must be whole wheat flour; often times, the front label is deceiving. Several of the Private Selection breads have enriched wheat flour so I pass those up.

                                            The Flax Seed bread toasted with peanut butter and raspberry jam is one of my favorite weekday breakfasts.

                                            1. othervoice Feb 27, 2007 02:28 PM

                                              Milton's Multi-Grain Plus Bread sold at both Costco and BJ's. Absolutly wonderful toasted. Really dense and really moist, also low fat (but you wouldn't know it). www.miltonsbaking.com/

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                                                Karl S Feb 28, 2007 04:37 AM

                                                The reason the MIlton's breads toast well is that they are fairly sweet. People wanting breads without an excess of sweeteners should be careful with them. Also, the slices are rather big; the equivalent of 2 standard bread loaf slices. People watching their calories need to realize that 2 slices of Milton's is almost like having 4 slices of standard size bread.

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                                                p.j. Feb 27, 2007 10:40 AM

                                                In the Midwest, Natural Ovens from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, kosher per the CRC. We initially tried it because my husband was born in Manitowoc. Many varieties. We like the Millet due to the crunchy texture. All are good: Lots of fiber, 2 points per slice per WW.
                                                http://www.naturalovens.com/
                                                The BAD news is that we learned last week that they will no longer be delivering their breads down to St. Louis!!! Arrgh!
                                                Any ideas for good bread in St. Louis????
                                                Thanks, p.j.

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                                                  Eldon Kreider Jun 8, 2007 02:40 PM

                                                  There is more possible bad news. Natural Ovens was acquired by Alpha Baking Company of Chicago in March. They may be serious about keeping Natural Ovens as a premium line. However, suspicion is in order considering the following from Crain's Chicago Business: "The Alpha-Natural Ovens deal caught the industry by surprise. Most of Natural Ovens' business is retail, while Alpha made 80% of its $170 million in sales last year to commercial customers. Alpha supplies buns to the Burger King chain and to local Portillo's Hot Dogs Inc.

                                                  But Alpha — founded in 1979 after Michael and Lawrence Marcucci left Gonnella to strike out on their own — has been built on a succession of acquisitions, ranging from Kreamo Bakers Inc. in South Bend, Ind., in the '70s to S. Rosen's Bakery Inc. in Chicago in 1982 and National Baking Co. in Chicago in 1997."

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                                                  chaource Feb 27, 2007 09:34 AM

                                                  I love Ace Bakeries " walnut and raisin loaf"....not cheap, $6 (CAD) for loaf but is delicious!!!!!! It is my house bread....sadly, for all of you, I think that it is only available in Toronto Canada...maybe not, I do know that they sell their frozen baguettes at Costco ....(not cooked, you buy and bake...yum!!!!!)...so perhaps you could find the walnut raisin whole grain loaf...since it is so rich and good for you...it tends to last me 5 or 6 days.....great with cheeses, with anything or just toasted and lavishly spread with unsalted butter!

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                                                    piccola Feb 27, 2007 05:31 PM

                                                    I heart Ace Bakery. I have dreams about the organic granary bread.

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                                                      vorpal Sep 15, 2007 06:18 AM

                                                      Count my vote in with ACE bakery breads. I haven't met a product from them that I didn't love. Their organic white (due to a health condition, I must avoid fibre) is denser like real, homemade bread as opposed to that fluffy junk you find in supermarkets. Their hamburger rolls are light and fluffy and made tasty with the addition of sesame seeds. If you can find their frozen baguettes, do check them out: all natural, and to die for with a generous quantity of butter.

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                                                      magfitz Feb 27, 2007 06:39 AM

                                                      not sure how healthy it is but I really like the Thomas' Lite Multi-Grain English Muffins. They have 100 calories and I think 8 grams of fiber. While I am trying to limit the HFCS in my diet, I must admit that I haven't checked whether these contain it. But I have been trying to increase Fiber in my diet. I've tried some of those dense breads at the supermarket(Meistermacher? or something like that) and have found them to be pretty good.

                                                      1. Cheese Boy Feb 26, 2007 07:53 PM

                                                        I see you're from Queens. You can find these breads at most health food stores in their freezer section. Many places in Manhattan have them as well. I was eating the Ezekiel bread (ugh) but have now found a much better tasting bread made by the same baker.

                                                        7 Sprouted Grains made by Food for Life. Have a look: ... http://www.foodforlife.com/

                                                        There's also another bread made by a NJ-based company that tastes great. I believe they're called The Baker. The bread is called Yoga Bread. The standouts in that bread are cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Surprisingly, the combination works REALLY well.

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                                                          ambrose Feb 27, 2007 04:39 AM

                                                          I'm guessing that bread from The Baker is available only in the mid-Atlantic region but I could be wrong. Their breads are really delicious and much better than the run-of-the-mill breads in most supermarkets. You can plug your zip code into their website to see if there's a store near you that carries their products.

                                                          http://www.the-baker.com

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                                                            Cheese Boy Feb 27, 2007 12:43 PM

                                                            Ambrose, I did just that -- and maybe, just maybe, I have a location available closer by. We'll see. Thank you !!! (It's a supermarket).

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                                                              ambrose Feb 27, 2007 12:54 PM

                                                              A couple of posters (see below) have found The Baker's products on sale close to the expiration date. I have never had this problem (I get my bread at a local Stop 'N Shop and it's always fresh) but I do agree that this is something to watch for. Unlike some commercial breads that will last for weeks, The Baker's products will not.

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                                                                Cheese Boy Mar 1, 2007 07:51 PM

                                                                Ambrose! I'm happy to report that our local supermarket carries Yoga Bread. It's no where with the other breads -- they isolated it on its own near the deli for some reason. Anyhow, I'm spared the schlep to the health food store and I can just purchase it right nearby. Thank you for supplying the much appreciated LINK.

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                                                                  ambrose Mar 2, 2007 03:58 AM

                                                                  Cheese Boy, I'm glad you were able to find this. Funny, but the Yoga Bread is one I've never had. However, I am spoiled because I live within 20 miles of Milford, where The Baker is based. If I get desperate and can't find one of their products at the supermarket, I can drive to Milford!

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                                                                    Cheese Boy Mar 2, 2007 05:29 PM

                                                                    Ambrose, the next thing you're going to tell me is you get their breads greatly discounted. Right? Go ahead, rub it in. : )

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                                                            val ann c Feb 27, 2007 09:02 AM

                                                            I think breads from The Baker are very good. They have a good variety of breads and rolls. I like that they sell in some small packages.

                                                            However, I often find that "the Baker" breads are stale on the shelf. I'm guessing they deliver once or twice a week. Choose carefully...

                                                            http://www.the-baker.com/

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                                                              sandrina Feb 27, 2007 11:28 AM

                                                              I have tried breads from "The Baker", and have to agree with you val ann c. It's hard to find a loaf that has more than 1 day left for the expiration date.

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                                                                Cheese Boy Feb 27, 2007 11:57 AM

                                                                Have a look at this. What do you make of it, and how do they expect us to interpret the six months comment? Scroll down to 'What is the shelf-life of The Baker’s products?' ... http://www.the-baker.com/faqs.aspx

                                                                Their bread is very good regardless.

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                                                                  sandrina Feb 27, 2007 12:49 PM

                                                                  Wow! Don't they just use a regular clip to close the bread bags? I'm sure some air sneaks into the bags. Also, if I remember correctly, they don't double bag. Their organic line must contain some type of long life preservative to last 6 months unopened. From 6 months to 8 days just doesn't make much sense to me. By the way, my loaf lasted only about 3 to 4 days opened when it started to grow moldy.

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                                                                val ann c Mar 1, 2007 02:53 PM

                                                                Thanks Cheese Boy, for recommending The Baker's "yoga bread". I got some at whole foods. It's very tasty.

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                                                                  Cheese Boy Mar 1, 2007 07:40 PM

                                                                  Glad to hear you like it! Hopefully you got it fresh. I enjoy eating that bread just as is. It's very tasty. Happy to hear you agree. : )

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                                                                    val ann c Mar 2, 2007 06:50 AM

                                                                    The yoga bread was fresh when I bought it. It is holding up well in my fridge. A minute in the toaster perks it up.
                                                                    I agree, it's good eaten plain. I suspect it would be good with cream cheese...

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                                                                      Cheese Boy Mar 2, 2007 05:23 PM

                                                                      Val, it's great with *any* cheese ... LOL.

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                                                                SarahAlex Feb 26, 2007 07:51 PM

                                                                Ezekiel all the way. It is yeast free, flourless, sprouted, and VERY easy for your body to digest and use! The cinnamon raisin is delicious!

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                                                                  MikeLM Feb 26, 2007 07:49 PM

                                                                  I like the Whole Foods 12-grain-and-nut bread. Makes good toast, too.

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                                                                    rednails Feb 26, 2007 07:13 PM

                                                                    I've been eating Alvarado St for years, and like the flax and multi-grain ones the best. A friend just recommended Ezekiels, so I tried it. Haven't fed it to the birds yet, but then again, I've been toasting it every morning. It's not the worst bread I've eaten....

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                                                                      pitu Feb 27, 2007 02:10 AM

                                                                      Alvarado is the only one I've found with a flavor I like . . . count me in on the Ezekiel cardboard haters.
                                                                      Both are sold frozen/fridgerated - sprouted ingredients.

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                                                                        pitu Mar 2, 2007 02:42 AM

                                                                        Re: Alvarado Street
                                                                        I find the Multigrain MUCH tastier than the Spelt, which leans back towards the cardboard "healthy"

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                                                                      kristyn Feb 26, 2007 07:07 PM

                                                                      It seems like 95% of the breads out there all have HFCS. I like the Miltons breads and I also like the Costco/Kirkland Multi Grain bread they just started making about a year ago. They have no HFCS in them, they are pretty hearty and 2 loaves go for under $5.

                                                                      1. amyleechen Feb 26, 2007 05:22 PM

                                                                        Arnold's Health Nut.

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                                                                          piccola Feb 26, 2007 05:06 PM

                                                                          I like Arnold Healthy Multigrain.

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                                                                            Gary Soup Feb 26, 2007 05:17 PM

                                                                            I believe the Arnold line is the same as Oroweat on the West Coast. Don't know about the wholesomeness, but I've been a fan of Oroweat's Honey Wheat Berry for decades.

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                                                                              cookie monster Feb 26, 2007 05:33 PM

                                                                              Unfortunately some of the healthy-seeming Oroweat varieties have hfcs. I was rather disappointed when I discovered that. Have to agree with [most of] the other posters re: Ezekiel's though - I tried it once and ended up feeding most of the loaf to the squirrels.

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                                                                                rworange Feb 26, 2007 05:44 PM

                                                                                I agree. I liked Oroweat and then I read the ingrediant list. There's HFCS and a major list of preservatives. Although, IIRC, Oroweat is coming out with an organic line.

                                                                                To the OP, the best thing to do is to read the ingrediant list. Even supermarket bread, for the most part, seems local. I like Alvarado Street, but don't know how widely distributed they are.

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                                                                                jdub1371 Feb 27, 2007 09:58 PM

                                                                                I'd be saddened to hear that Oroweat here (SF Bay Area) is the same as Arnold back east - *nothing* by Oroweat is as good as Arnold Brick Oven white (if they even make that anymore) or Pepperidge Farm sandwich bread. Grr.

                                                                                I have been lately tweaked to discover two things about local bread: 1) the extra thin white and ww breads have disappeared (used to be Northridge, which looked a lot like the Oroweat package). Gone! and 2) in three supermarkets, I could not find a single loaf of whole grain bread that did not have HFCS. I didn't think to try Whole Foods - duh on my part.

                                                                                I find Alvarado Street bread to be utterly tasteless in all its incarnations. Like a sliced-up O-Cello sponge. I was also disappointed to find that the Borther Juniper breads they have at the co-op up the street are dry and bland. I have the first Peter Reinhart book and when the Struan first appeared in SF, I got all excited! And then disappointed. It's not far from Alvarado Street bread. Tastes like too fast a rise with too much leavening,

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                                                                                  rworange Feb 28, 2007 06:48 AM

                                                                                  You wrote:

                                                                                  I'd be saddened to hear that Oroweat here (SF Bay Area) is the same as Arnold back east

                                                                                  Nothing owned by Oroweat is owned by Oroweat. That company, and quite a few others, are owned by the Mexican company that owns Bimbo bread.

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                                                                                    vvvindaloo Nov 25, 2007 06:22 PM

                                                                                    jdub- Arnold Brick Oven White is alive and well here on the East Coast. It's the only white bread I actually like.

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                                                                                  bklynbiker Feb 5, 2009 08:43 PM

                                                                                  You've GOT to be joking. I've got a big sweet tooth, and Arnold's MG is inedibly sweet. I FOUND this thread by searching the internet to see if others found it so. Yecch

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                                                                                  ryssiebee Feb 26, 2007 03:01 PM

                                                                                  Personally, I always get the Pepperidge Farm 12 Grain. It's kind of sweet-tasting, soft and hearty. I like whatever seeds they put on the crust. Not fancy like everyone else's suggestions but pretty easy to find.

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                                                                                    ballulah Feb 27, 2007 09:25 AM

                                                                                    I also like their oatmeal bread. It's a good option when I'm stuck with convenience store shopping, or no bread. Not sure how Whole Foods varies from region to region, but I love the Eli's Health Bread.

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                                                                                      DonShirer Sep 12, 2007 04:51 PM

                                                                                      My wife also tends to buy PF 12 Grain quite often when she doesn't go for a local bakery's offerings.

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                                                                                      rds246 Feb 26, 2007 02:51 PM

                                                                                      I like Milton's whole wheat bread. Although I usually prefer multi grain breads, I really like this one for sandwiches. Plus, each slice has 5 grams of fiber! awesome!

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                                                                                        SanseiDesigns Feb 26, 2007 10:14 PM

                                                                                        I agree with rds246. As a Weight Watcher - this is one of the best breads for balance of flavour, texture, and calories. It's delicious.

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                                                                                          Emme Mar 12, 2007 08:37 PM

                                                                                          Concur w/ Milton's "low carb."

                                                                                          Makes good cinnamon toast as well as french toast (milton's, egg whites, a little skim milk, cinnamon, vanilla, splenda)...

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                                                                                            sandrina Mar 13, 2007 09:42 AM

                                                                                            I didn't know that Milton makes a low carb bread. I'll have to search for it. The only place I've been able to find Milton's recently is Trader Joe's, and that's the whole wheat with a hint of honey. It's delicious, but not low carb, of course.

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                                                                                              Emme Mar 13, 2007 10:53 PM

                                                                                              It says low-carb on the package (get mine at TJ's too), and it's more high fiber than necessarily low low carb... 5g of fiber ain't bad though.

                                                                                        2. calla0413 Feb 26, 2007 02:45 PM

                                                                                          I used to work at a food co-op that had their own wood-fired brick oven. That bread was glorious. Perfect crumb to crust ratio, nice chewy texture...I could go on and on...unfortunately I don't work there anymore. www.potsdamcoop.com

                                                                                          While in the states, my conventional 2nd choice is Freihofer's Oat Nut bread. It makes beautiful toast and great BLT's. The nuts in the bread give it a nice texture and taste.

                                                                                          Since moving to Canada I've discovered there is no Freihofer's and I can't bring myself to buy the par-baked "artisanal breads" at the neighborhood specialty bakery shops. If I can't have the real stuff, I won't have it at all. I have yet to discover a real bakery but, I just got here and haven't explored much.

                                                                                          So, now, I'm partial to the Bon Matin's GrainEntiers line of 12 Grain but, I usually prefer a sturdier bread. If you know what I mean.

                                                                                          1. Karl S Feb 26, 2007 02:02 PM

                                                                                            Vermont Country Bread 100% whole wheat. (Not the "soft" kind that is larger). One key in checking out breads is the slice size (compare weights in grams on the nutritional info). If you choose larger slices, it's more calories, of course, but sooooo many people ignore this factor.

                                                                                            I use Ezekiel bread for packaging....

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                                                                                              Ted in Central NJ Feb 27, 2007 02:09 AM

                                                                                              I think that Karl is referring to the products made by The Vermont Bread Company, and I recommend them highly. I buy their organic whole wheat and/or their organic multigrain. Note that, while all of their products are of high quality, they are not all organic.

                                                                                              Another brand that I can recommend is the bread from the Alvarado Street Bakery.

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                                                                                                Karl S Feb 27, 2007 04:13 AM

                                                                                                Yes, Vermont Bread Company. My bad.

                                                                                            2. sandrina Feb 26, 2007 01:46 PM

                                                                                              Ezekiel, is this the brand that is usually in the frozen food section? I think I may have seen this, as well as some frozen bagels. I could be wrong though.

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                                                                                                Augusta Feb 26, 2007 01:25 PM

                                                                                                I recently tried a brand called Rudy's Organic Bread. I tried their Jewish rye and the whole wheat. Both were hearty, tasty, and kept well in the freezer.

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                                                                                                  4Snisl Feb 26, 2007 07:01 PM

                                                                                                  YES! Their Colorado Cracked Wheat is my favorite store-bought bread, especially when it is toasted! It has a delicious nuttiness in flavor.

                                                                                                2. val ann c Feb 26, 2007 12:57 PM

                                                                                                  I like Whole Foods 100% whole wheat bread - sliced bread in a bag. I find there is a difference between the organic version and the conventional version. I prefer the conventional version because the texture is closer to good old american sandwich bread. The loaf keeps a long time and freezes well.

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                                                                                                    Val Feb 26, 2007 12:17 PM

                                                                                                    Bran for Life Bread is also very good, 5 grams of fiber per slice...here's a link for more information and what the wrapper looks like...

                                                                                                    http://66.222.25.119/eStore.asp?Item=...

                                                                                                    1. paulj Feb 26, 2007 11:56 AM

                                                                                                      When we lived in the midwest, our favorite bread was Brownberry (Catherine Clark) bread. I haven't found this in Washington, though Orowheat has something similar. Mostly though I buy Trade Joes 9 Grain.
                                                                                                      paulj

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                                                                                                        AnneInMpls Feb 26, 2007 09:50 PM

                                                                                                        I'm a midwesterner, and Brownberry/Catherine Clark whole wheat bread is my standard sandwich bread. It's a bit sweet, and not as high in fiber as I would like (only 3 grams per slice), but it's a very nice bread.

                                                                                                        Anne

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                                                                                                          dijon Feb 27, 2007 12:41 PM

                                                                                                          I concur, Brownberry 100% Whole Wheat is as good as I've had for commercially made store bought bread. Makes terrific toast. Not so fond of their other offerings.

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                                                                                                            Jack H Jun 9, 2007 10:59 PM

                                                                                                            Hi, I suggest you write to www.brownberry.com and tell them you like it (as I did) because they don't make it any more. They replaced it with the cheap puffy junk bread like everyone else makes. So sad :-(

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                                                                                                              twodales Jun 10, 2007 05:53 PM

                                                                                                              If you read Eldon Kreider below you will see that it's coming back!

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                                                                                                            cchristi Apr 4, 2007 01:06 PM

                                                                                                            I have bad news for you, folks: Brownberry seems to have discontinued the Catherine Clark 100% Natural whole wheat bread. I have been packing loaves in my suitcase to take my children in N.Y.C. and San Francisco, since they couldn't get it there! Now I don't know what I'm going to do. The Arnold's 100% that they're touting as a substitute is only a pale imitation.

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                                                                                                              dijon Apr 5, 2007 07:50 AM

                                                                                                              That would be bad news, its their only offering I care for. Haven't bought a loaf lately but will look, thought it was still available locally (Iowa).

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                                                                                                                AnneInMpls Apr 5, 2007 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                Brownberry 100% Natural Whole Wheat Bread is still available in Minnesota. Maybe you could drive past the Twin Cities on your way to visit your children?

                                                                                                                This store delivers, but you might be out of range. :-)

                                                                                                                http://shop.lundsandbyerlys.com/shopp...

                                                                                                                Me, I usually buy "natural wheat" rather than the 100% whole wheat. Don't know why, but I like it better.

                                                                                                                Anne

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                                                                                                                  AnneInMpls May 2, 2007 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                  Oh, woe is me! Ccristi had it right - the Twin Cities were just slow in making the change. Brownberry has now been replaced here by Arnold's (bleh bleh blech).

                                                                                                                  I'm now re-reading this thread closely for a new healthy bread, as I can't stand Arnold's. Has anyone else found a good replacement for Brownberry Natural Wheat bread?

                                                                                                                  Thanks,
                                                                                                                  Anne

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                                                                                                                    twodales Jun 6, 2007 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                    The same thing has happened in Chicago. The Red loaf of Brownberry was the only commercial bread we bought. The Arnold "red" loaf is disgusting. Like tan wonder bread. Do I get the bread machine out and do the weekly baking from now on? Is there any other commercial bread out there to take the place of the Brownberry????? Help... someone!!!

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                                                                                                                      danlash Sep 11, 2007 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                      Brownberry breads dissappeared from store shelves in Chapel Hill, NC in March. It's now Sept. Is the old bread comming back? I've written several emails to Arnold's to complain but cannot get a reply. I guess this country is going to out-source bread too.

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                                                                                                                      Eldon Kreider Jun 8, 2007 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                      Old formula is coming back week of June 11. Customer complaints backed with stopping buying is behind the switch. See http://www.suntimes.com/business/4138...
                                                                                                                      Story starts : "A consumer revolt by Midwestern baby boomers is bringing Brownberry's Natural Wheat bread -- original recipe -- back to store shelves June 11. Parent Arnold Foods Co. introduced an airier, sweeter version in April. Big mistake."

                                                                                                                      This is a rare case where debasing a product backfired big time and where the company admitted that they had made a mistake.

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                                                                                                                        AnneInMpls Jun 8, 2007 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                        Hooray! This is great news. I've tried every other whole-wheat bread that my co-op carries, and nothing else matches up to the original Brownberry "red-label" loaf. My local bakery's whole wheat baguettes are OK, but they're a pain to make sandwiches with.

                                                                                                                        Bread again next week - I can hardly wait!

                                                                                                                        Anne

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                                                                                                                          dijon Jun 11, 2007 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                          Thank goodness the company listened and made a good business decision, my confidence is nearly restored, pending a retest of the bread.

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                                                                                                                      NBBrooks May 22, 2009 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                      Health Nut Bread and Dannon Yogurt… The Good Old Days-
                                                                                                                      I LOVED the Brownberry Natural Health Nut Bread back in the late 70s/early 80s. It was a small loaf (tiny) with wonderful taste and chunks of walnuts that really POPPED with flavor when you toasted it. I searched high and low and, a couple of years ago, found it at the Farm Fresh in Virginia Beach. It brought back such memories. No bread comes close to it and never will. :) Once again, I can not locate any. I live within driving distance to Raleigh, NC. Does anyone know where I can buy it and is it the original recipe??? Thanks, Nikki. P.S. I REALLY miss the old Dannon Yogurt that came in the cardboard container that you always had to stir the fruit up from the bottom. It had a WONDERFUL Twang (like yogurt should) and the texture was AWESOME. Most of the yogurt today taste like and feels like pudding. There was also frozen yogurt that tasted like yogurt, not ice cream. Where can I get that??? Any help? I have tried the Greek Yogurt at Lowes Foods... not happy with that. Has my taste changed that much??? bcmech01@embarqmail.com

                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                  2. hotoynoodle Feb 26, 2007 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                    the ezekiel breads are all sprouted grains and seeds, with no flour, very dense and satisfying. delicious toasted. much lighter but also tasty is joseph's flax seed and oat bran pita. both breads have tons of fiber, no hfcs, are nice and chewy and freeze well.

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                                                                                                                      Will Owen Feb 26, 2007 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                      We tried one of the Ezekiels and wound up giving it to the birds - sorry, I know the stuff has its fans, or it wouldn't sell so well. We do like Trader Joe's own brand of flourless sprouted wheat bread, the version with salt. It makes excellent toast, and it's pretty nice for sandwiches, too, without the aggressively "THIS IS *GOOD* FOR YOU, DAMMIT!" taste that we found so unpleasant in the Ezekiel.

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                                                                                                                        hotoynoodle Feb 26, 2007 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                        lol, step away from the bread knife, sir.. i'm not keen on nutritional sanctimony myself, but i liked it chewiness.

                                                                                                                        i haven't found any trader joe's breads i'd buy a 2nd time.

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                                                                                                                          ben61820 Mar 7, 2007 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                          just a note (keep in mind that i DO really like their breads but), ezekial breads are not 'flourless' like they like to claim. their grains and seeds may be sprouted and they definately do not use any white, refined flours in most of the breads, BUT even the sprouted grains and seeds etc are ground into flour. no, its not white flour, or even the same as most finely ground whole wheat flours, but it IS still ground up grain, which is flour. it STILL spikes blood sugar levels. now, am i saying their bread is bad tasting, bad for you, or anything like that? No way. i just wish they wouldnt write flourless on some of their labels.

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                                                                                                                            ccbandg Nov 13, 2011 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                            I wonder how you know this about Ezekial breads? I believe their labels claim they use a sprouted wheat mash. I also believe they add gluten probably in a dry form. Making a flourless bread is certainly possible. We do it. We add no flour whatsoever to the mash or the starter and no gluten and we get a terrific sprouted whole grain loaf and we can make our flat bread without flour either. The only use we have for flour is dusting the peel when making our pita bread.
                                                                                                                            doug
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                                                                                                                          DiningDiva Feb 26, 2007 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                          I like the Ezekiel bread toasted with peanut butter. It does take a littel getting used to and some varieties are better than others. Alvarado St. Bakery breads are more edible.

                                                                                                                      2. DiningDiva Feb 26, 2007 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                        I like Ezekiel bread.

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