Our friends over at the Village Bakery have 5 great tips on how you can make your bread a little healthier. Most of you know that I love bread and love to make it too! After Village Bakery shared their 5 tips, I realized that I already do this in most of my baking and you might too 🙂 It’s great to know that sometimes we are already on the right track, but that we can also do a little more to make our baking one step healthier. Thank you Village Bakery for sharing your insight with all of us!
5 Ingredients to Add a Touch of Health to Your Bread
I’m here to tell you that there are some ingredients you can add to your bread that make it healthier. Some of these ingredients will add an abundance of calories to the meal, but they’ll also offer a slew of health benefits. These ingredients also add an explosion of flavour to your bread.
If you haven’t tried baking zucchini bread yet, you need to add it to your agenda. Zucchini is great for your health, and it’s been shown to:
- Offer weight loss benefits
- Prevent certain diseases
- Provide an abundance of vitamin C
Zucchini has a super low-calorie count, so you won’t feel bad adding a 19-calorie cup into your bread machine. Each cup of zucchini offers 295 mg of potassium, which helps keep your heart healthy. When you eat zucchini, you’ll also benefit from:
- High levels of magnesium
- Dietary fiber
- Folate to support the metabolism
So, when you don’t want to have just regular bread, you can choose to make a healthy zucchini bread that’s flavorful and nutritious.
Rosemary bread is filled with flavour and is extremely healthy. We have a great rosemary bread recipe to follow, but before you begin rolling out the dough, let’s take a look at the benefits that this herb offers:
- High levels of antioxidants
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Improved digestion
- Memory and concentration enhancements
What many people don’t realize is that rosemary isn’t just an amazing anti-inflammatory – it offers neurological protection, too. This simple ingredient has been shown to improve a person’s digestion, protect against macular degeneration, and there’s even proof that rosemary offers proliferative effects on breast cancer cells and leukemia. If you have health issues, be sure to consult with your doctor before adding rosemary to your diet.
The decadent taste of banana bread may make you feel like you’re cheating, but this healthy ingredient will make your bread delicious and nutritious. There’s still the great texture and taste, but banana infusion fills the bread with flavour and allows for a somewhat softer texture. Taste buds love the taste of bananas – for most people. When you bite into a banana, you’ll enjoy a slew of health benefits, such as:
- High levels of potassium
- High levels of vitamin B6 and C
- A good source of manganese
You’ll also find that bananas are filled with magnesium. Every time you eat a banana, you’ll also benefit from:
- Moderate blood sugar levels
- Improved health and digestion
- Weight loss benefits
- High levels of antioxidants
The next time you eat a banana, also note how you feel satiated after eating the fruit. If the taste of banana bread just isn’t up your ally, you can switch up the recipe and make a healthy banana oat muffin. These muffins are a delight and are super easy to make, too.
Yum. A little garlic bread please. Conventional garlic bread may be a little on the bad side, but you can substitute the butter for olive oil. If you want this to be a very healthy treat, you’ll want to just add the garlic and avoid some of the extra calories from butter and olive oil. Powerful in taste, garlic offers great disease-fighting benefits and provides:
- Heart health thanks to cardioprotective effects
- Cancer-fighting properties that affect cancer formation
- Blood pressure benefits thanks to polysulfides promoting widening blood vessels
Garlic has been the center of several studies. If you do your own research, you’ll find that studies prove the efficacy of garlic for heart health, blood pressure, cancer-fighting and overall health.
Forget the white bread – bake a multigrain bread. When you eat white bread, it’s been processed or your flour has been bleached. This doesn’t sit well with me. And since multigrain bread is tasty and delicious, this is a great bread for breakfast. When you choose to save money making your own bread, multigrain bread is a great choice. Eating multigrains allows you to enjoy:
- Higher levels of essential nutrients
- Slow absorption into the body to prevent insulin level spikes
- A high level of complex carbs
A simple switch to multigrain or even rye bread allows you to add a little health into your baking. Plus, when you make multigrain bread, it’s also very tasty and adds a punch of flavour that regular white bread can never offer.