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What I Buy and Why-Bread

I always find it fascinating to peek into other peoples grocery carts, while waiting in line at the grocery store, to see what they are buying.  So often I have wanted to strike up a conversation and ask about a product I see, and ask why they like it and why they choose it over another.  I get the same feeling when I open up other people’s refrigerators, I love seeing what brands of foods they buy, and often get inspired to try something new.

I have learned so much about food by asking my friends what they buy, where they buy it, and why they like it.  These conversations inspired me to start writing some posts on the food items I buy and why.  Not only do I want to share with you what is working for us, but my hope is, that in the comments section, I will get to hear from you and what is working for you!

Our Everyday, Whole Wheat Bread (either of the 2 below:)
If I Want To Treat My Kids To “White” Bread:
When I Want To Splurge:
*Disclaimer-I was not paid or compensated in anyway to promote these products.
It is important to me that our bread does not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup. (Read why here and here)  I also think fiber is very important, so I try not to buy bread that contains less then 3 grams/slice.  The “Oatnut” bread is what my girls call “the yummy white bread.”  It is really good, but I do not buy it as often because it has less fiber in it and uses enriched flour (although unbleached:)) where as the 100% whole wheat breads uses whole wheat flour, which does not have to be enriched, because nothing was ever removed in the first place.  I like that!
 You can go here to read more of my thoughts on making grains count.
What brands of bread work for you?  Have you switched to 100% whole wheat bread?  If so, was it hard on your kids?

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  • Lilbuns
    May 13, 2010 at 12:34 am

    I’ve been eating that Sara Lee hearty bread ever since I got pregnant. So good! I bought unhealthy white bread a couple weeks ago just to “spice things up” and almost threw it away. It is gross to me now! 🙂

  • Alice MacDougall
    May 11, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I loved your comments on looking in other peoples grocery carts. I do that all the time and put my 2 cents worth in. I might tell a mom with instant oatmeal if she cooked the old fashion kind it is more nutritous for her kids. One day someone will tell me to mind my own business.
    As for bread I grind my flour and make whole wheat bread. Be careful of the fiber in the bread you buy it could be sawdust. Yes I wish I were joking.

  • Our Lives
    May 10, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    I hope to bake my own bread soon, but until then, I am fine with Trader Joe’s 100% organic whole wheat bread. Kids get their white bread treats at grandma’s and friend’s homes. 🙂

  • amandab
    May 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I’m in Australiam so my recommendations would probably be a waste of time!

    However, I have started baking my own bread, and I only buy grainy mixes as I grew up with a fear of them having always been served white bread.

    My fussy 7 yo nephew came to stay the other week and I had to buy white bread for him to eat, and buy him strawberry jam for his breakfast (the kid cost me a fortune in food because he wouldn’t eat ANYTHING in my house!).

    When I asked my 3.5 yo daughter what she wanted for breakfast she said “I want what he is having. But don’t put it on that white stuff!”

    Love her!

  • jen
    May 11, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I also support the Walmart 100% whole wheat. It’s a little cheaper and still just as heavy.
    But I invested in a middle-of-the-line bread machine a few months ago and I’ve only bought bread once. I can use honey and add 1/4 c of flaxseed to my whole wheat. I love it, and in the bread machine, it takes no time out of my life. And I use an electric knife to cut it, then it’s almost as even as the store.

  • Kate
    May 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Have you seen any of the recent commercials trying to pass HFCS off as fine in moderation? We try to avoid it as well and I thought the commercials were absurd.

  • Holli
    May 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I buy the Walmart brand 100% whole wheat bread and have for years. My kids got a “treat” this past week while I was gone; Brian bought white Wonder bread. So it wasn’t until today that I heard “Mommy, can we get that bread all the time?”. I long for the days when they didn’t know how good the white bread was 😛

  • Sarah @ Mum In Bloom
    May 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I bake my own bread mostly with my bread machine as much as possible. For sandwhiches though, I still have to buy store bought as it’s my husband’s preference. After reading your post I’ll be watchful now of fiber and HFCS. Thanks for the informative post 🙂

  • The Local Cook
    May 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    lately I’ve been baking my own bread, but when I buy from the store I prefer Ezekiel sprouted grain.

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