When you go on a vacation, you will likely fall in love with scenery, quaint coffee shops, adorable B&Bs. You might also find a new love for red wines, dark chocolates, or flaky sea salts. It's rare, I suspect, that vacationers fall in love with sliced bread, but fall in love I have.
During a recent west coast jaunt, I ran across Dave's Killer Breads in a grocery store. The name was the first attraction. Killer bread? I've had killer bread before, but it didn't come sliced and in the bread aisle of a Kroger. Still, curious, I picked up a loaf of their 21 Whole Grains and Seeds variety.
In terms of calories, this variety stacks up with most whole-wheat slices at 110 per slice. It has 6 grams of protein per slice, which is equal to one egg. Five grams of fiber per slice, too. The sweetener, organic dried cane syrup, gives each piece just 3 grams of sugar. The rest of the ingredients profile reads like a who's who of the grain and seed world: pumpkin seeds, spelt, quinoa, sorghum, sesame seeds, and more. All of those seeds lend 220mg of heart-healthy omega-3 fats.
Let's talk taste. We've come to expect that whole-wheat breads will have a slightly bitter flavor with a cardboard-esque texture. The price to pay for good nutrition, right? Wrong. This bread manages to be soft and fluffy. A wheat-y sweetness is delicate, subtle even, but it balances the earthy twang. You know the grains are there--you can taste their tannins--but they're not bitter or unappetizing in the least.
Other favorites from Dave's Killer Bread: Powerseed. It's packed full of grain goodness and sweetened with fruit juices. One slice has 110 calories, 6 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and a whopping 500 milligrams of omega-3 fats. It's super-amped sliced bread.
It tells you something when 100% Whole Wheat is the plain Jane of the bunch. You can't go wrong with the basic bread. It, too, has 110 calories per slice with 4 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 90 milligrams omega-3s, slightly less than similar options like Pepperidge Farm's 100% Whole Wheat. Still, each slice is fluffy and tender with warm caramel-y sweetness and earthy wheat notes.
Here's the only problem I've found with Dave's Killer Bread: They're not widely available. In fact, only one store in Birmingham, Alabama (where Cooking Light's headquarters are located) carries the bread, and I have to have a membership to shop there. For now, I'll just daydream of west coast vistas and delicious breads.
Related: The bread aisle can be confusing, at best--overwhelming, at worst. Terms like "whole grain" and "white wheat" can mislead even the most well intentioned buyers. Get tips for picking better bread for your family.