In my recent article “Jack3d Foods for a Jack3d Body” I mentioned Ezekiel bread as one of my staple food sources. This article will focus on what that product is (ingredient breakdown), where to find it and a few of my favorite meals/snacks to make with it.
Ezekiel 4:9 Bread
Ezekiel 4:9 bread is a sprouted 100% whole grain bread produced by Food For Life Baking Company and in my opinion is one of the healthiest, if not the most superior staple to anyone who is serious about their diet.
What makes this bread so special you might ask? This bread is packed with nutrient-dense ingredients. Ezekiel bread is made from a combination of 6 grains and legumes, wheat, barley, millet, lentils, soybean and spelt. This ingredient panel makes Ezekiel bread a source of complete protein, contains 18 amino acids (including all 9 essential amino acids) and a great source of fiber.
What is also very important to note is what it leaves out, GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) no refined sugars, no artificial- no preservatives. Ezekiel bread is cooked using a slow-bake process to preserve the natural fiber and bran benefits of grain. They use only freshly sprouted certified organic live grains.
A serving size of Ezekiel bread is one slice. Per a serving size Ezekiel bread has the following Macro break down-
- 80 calories
- .5g total fat, ~4 calories
- 15g carbohydrates, ~60 calories
- 4g protein, ~16 calories
Ezekiel bread has no trans fat or cholesterol and contains a low sodium content comparatively speaking at 75mg, while providing 3g of dietary fiber.
Although it has little to offer in the mineral department at only 4% of daily value for Iron, according to their site, this bread allows for increased absorption of mineral: “Sprouting breaks down enzyme inhibitors, so your body can more easily absorb calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.” They also state that sprouting produces vitamin C, and increases the vitamins B2, B5 and B6. I often take my multivitamin with my morning slice.
Other Ezekiel Products
Food for Life has an outstanding line of their healthy breads- they boast a large product line ranging from breads (Cinnamon Raisin whole grain, flax sprouted, sesame sprouted, gluten free and much more!), buns, cereals, English muffins, pasta tortillas and more! This makes adding healthy, nutrient dense carbohydrates to your diet easy. Not only are these products healthy/natural they have, in my opinion, a way better taste and leave you feeling good/full instead of empty and sick an hour later.
Where can I buy Ezekiel Bread?
Ezekiel bread is not sold in every store but I have never had a problem finding it at my local, larger retailers such as Fred Myer, Haggen etc. I usually find it in the Organic, refrigerated/frozen coolers.
Is it Expensive?
No! I have always paid well under $4.00 for a loaf of bread. Price can range from $3.00-$5.70 depending on where you live.
I was first introduced to this bread by Dexterium from the USP Labs Forums and have since never gone back to the breads that I thought were ‘Whole Wheat’. I like to change my first meal of the day, often “The breaking of the fast” is what I like to call it- I do my very best to stop consuming carbs at 8pm to give my body a longer fast(reason I do this is a topic for another day). I also place a heavy resistiction of “early morning” carbohydrates so Ezekiel fulfills my dietary needs.
Ezekiel Toast and Eggs
One of my favorite “breaking of the fast” meals is a whey/casein protein shake, 2 slices of Ezekiel bread lightly toasted spreaded with a light all natural peanut butter, sprinkled with a dash of brown sugar, with a small side of egg whites. This is one of my all time favorite meals when on a lean bulk. I sometimes add a dash of Tabasco sauce on the eggs.
I also take all my staple supplements at this time; such as SuperCissus, Prime, Test Powder and Compound20, as well as my multivitamin fish oils. This combination is nutrient dense and filling. Jack3d fuel for a Jack3d Body.
Ezekiel Chicken Burger
My all time favorite casual dinner meal is simple and to the point and consists of two slices of Ezekiel bread, one chicken or turkey burger (plain), spinach on top or lettuce, a thin slice of cheese, a very light low calorie, fat free, sauce with a side of half a apple+all natural peanut butter and a half cup cottage cheese (fat free).