There’s nothing like homemade bread. Thanks to my mom and a handy bread maker– I grew up with fresh-baked banana and zucchini bread. And my sister, Shoshana, followed suit. She swears by the bread machine and always has delicious vegan challahs on Friday night and fresh foccacia. But since I’m more of a cook than a baker, I rely on my neighbor, Whole Foods Market, to do the rising and shining. This morning for breakfast, David and I tried the Whole Foods Brand Flax Quinoa Wheat Bread. The bread made for a hearty breakfast with some eggs and cheese. Find out if you should head to WFM or go back to baking? The rating goes 1 to 10 (10 being the best).
Whole Foods Brand Flax Quinoa Wheat Bread
Appearance: Light brown crust, dusted with flour; the inside is speckled with lots of black seeds
Texture: A nice, substantial crust; the inside of the bread is soft; the quinoa adds a great hearty texture
Flavor: Wonderful, whole-grain nutty flavor; Like most bread, it tastes better toasted, plus the heat brings out the flavor and oils in the flax
Health: The first item on the ingredients is whole wheat flour. This is exactly what you want because it is full of natural fiber. The bread is also made with quinoa (pronounced keen-wa), an excellent source of protein, and flax seeds, one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. All of the ingredients are organic. The bread has no sugar, no preservatives, and no sweeteners. Even though all of the ingredients are clearly posted on the bag of bread, it’s frustrating that on the hearth breads there is no nutritional information.
Cost: $3.99 for 1.31 lb (a big loaf of bread)
Resolution Stats: 12 new foods stuffs tried, 93 more to go
Recommendation: I served this bread toasted, with a spread of greek yogurt, a few thin slices of Tarentaise (an organic, semi-hard cow’s milk cheese), sliced tomato, sliced cucumber, and a hard boiled egg, fresh pepper to taste, and some sprinkled sea salt.
Final Verdict: This hearth bread is great for vegetarians and those watching their weight. If you like to count things like calories and fiber, you may want to contact your local WFM (I contacted the market with a request for the nutritional info, so I’ll post as soon as I hear back), or just buy a commercial brand.