Whole grain bread and bakeries in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill
I'm pregnant and my glucose levels were a slightly high so I have to start limiting simple carbs and eating whole grains. Any tips on what to buy in the neighborhood - specifically some great fresh whole grain bread? I'm also confused about how to read bread ingredients - what's the diff between whole grain, whole wheat...and what ingredients on labels to definitely avoid. Thanks in advance for any replies!
Mazzola Bakery on Henry has great bread, including some whole grain breads. Just tell the person behind the counter you are trying to avoid white flour.
I had the same situation as you when I was pregnant. In general, reduce bread, pasta, and grains and try to eat fruits, vegetables and lean meats, including a couple serviings of fish (but not the kind with mercury!) a week. When you do eat grains, you want them to be whole, such as brown rice, oatmeal, and whole wheat bread ("whole grain" bread and cereal is often NOT 100% whole grain -- read labels).
There are many books and websites that can help you out. Although you do not have gestational diabetes, a site with dietary guidelines for that condition can help you out. Once you get the hang of it, it's easy. In fact, I still eat this way, nearly 7 years after my youngest was born.
Good luck, and congratulations on your pregnancy!
The new Union Market on Court St has a really nice bread dept, with stuff from Tomcat, Eli's, Balthazar. I love the "health bread" from Eli's. Great toast or as is!
Wild yeast sourdough bread has been shown to have a significantly lower glycemic index when compared to bread made using commercial yeast. One study even shows that white flour sourdough has a lower GI compared to standard whole wheat bread.
I recommend getting some sort of whole grain wild yeast sourdough bread. While I haven't tried it, Scratchbread seems to be the best you can get around you.
Locations where you can find Scratchbread: http://scratchbread.com/locations.html