Wednesday, May 12, 2010

If I was on death row and I had one last meal...

... it would be this:

Avocado on toast with salt and pepper.
This is my favorite thing to eat.

The creamy avocado, the smell of the pepper, the crunchy toast, oh baby I'm in heaven! At 180 calories, it's not a bad snack or small meal if you pair it with a fruit or veggie. Avocados were 3/$1 last week at my favorite grocery store, so I've been eating this everyday. I know avocados have a lot of fat, but it's MUFA fat. Traditionally, I like it best on sourdough bread. But now that I'm trying to be healthy I've been having it on wheat bread, and it's just not the same! I don't really like wheat bread because it's too sweet. It's good with PB & J's but who's eating those anymore? Not me. Luckily I found this:(image courtesy

Have you heard of sprouted grain breads? They are supposed to be really good for you. According to one maker (Food For Life) here's why:

The process of germination changes the composition of grain and seeds in numerous ways. Sprouting increases vitamin content. Sprouting neutralizes phytic acid – a substance present in grains – that inhibits absorption of nutrients and more important Sprouting neutralizes or "predigests" if you will, grains through enzymatic activity. The enzymes produced during our natural sprouting process "in effect" breaks down amino acid protein bonds to promote digestibility of the entire grain.

Sprouted grain bread has numerous advantages over "enriched" wheat flour breads. These breads are made from the endosperm of the wheat kernel (the inside portion), which contains primarily carbohydrates and few vitamins and minerals. The milling of grain into white flour requires the removal of the bran and the germ. This results in the loss of natural fiber, bran and 22 vitamins and minerals. To compensate, five vitamins and minerals (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, iron and folic acid) are added back in, "enriching" the flour. Sometimes calcium is added back as well.

I don't know about all of that, but here's what I do know: It's a very filling, heavy bread. It's delicious. The kind I bought was savory and slightly sour, in a good way. It's the perfect healthy partner for my avocado. All is right with the world once again.

1 comment:

  1. WOW, Mindy, that would be your last meal? You are one Healthy Woman. I have a long ways to go to believe a healthy meal would be my last. I do want to try that though. I've been eating a bit of Avacado everyday now. Usually on my salad for lunch. I measure out 2 tbs at 55 calories. Avacado is so easy to over do. I think I'll try this for me next snack.