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Subject: Lower-cal bread?
Date Posted: 2/15/2010 1:02 AM ET
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Hi guys, I haven't visited this forum much, but I'm hoping you can help me out. After reading about SparkPeople here, I signed up and started tracking my calories. I discovered I'm "spending" way too many of my daily cals on bread.  I'm used to bread that's 100 cal / slice or more, and I had no idea.

Trying to find something leaner, I tried Oroweat Soft Family Honey Wheat (70 cal / slice) and Sara Lee 45 Calories & Delightful Multi-Grain (45 kcal / slice). The first seems a little better than the second, but neither is very good to me.

Anyone have a suggestion for a lower calorie bread that they enjoy?  I know I need to add variety as well and depend less on bread as a staple, but I'm still on baby steps here. :)

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 12:46 PM ET
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I love the WhiteWheat (I'm not sure if it's the brand name) that is 50 calories a slice, has 5 g fiber and I think 3 g protein. I *won't* eat any bread that is more than 70 calories per slice. No way. No matter what you get, it's not going to be fluffy and soft like potato bread for 50-70 calories. But the WhiteWheat stuff is awesome, just put some peanut butter on it. It comes in a white bag.

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 9:06 PM ET
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Thanks! I found it and tried it out. Funny to go back to white after all these years, but it does taste much better than the low-cal alternatives I found. It also seems like a normal-sized slice, so I don't feel like I'm eating micro-bread. :)

Date Posted: 2/23/2010 4:52 PM ET
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Have you thought of sprouted grain bread?  It isn't lower in calories.  But it has a much lower glycemic index.  Which is how the body processes the calories.

Date Posted: 2/24/2010 4:19 PM ET
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I think my calorie restrictions will ease up a little after I'm at my goal weight - hopefully in a few months. The sprouted grain bread sounds like a good option at that point, if I can cut back the amount of bread I'm eating. I wish I didn't love toast and sandwiches so much. How does it taste?

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 2:39 PM ET
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Great.  They tend to be a real nutty and moist whole wheat.  The process is to sprout and mash the wheat berries rather than grinding them into flour.  So the body deals with them more like plants, less like carbs.  Really high in fiber.

That said, they do seem to go bad faster.  We put half of the loaf in the freezer.

The glycemic index is used for diabetes diets.  But it also makes a big different with inflammation and the immune system.  And weight loss.

Glycemic Index

Date Posted: 2/27/2010 8:43 PM ET
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You can also try Wasa Crispbreads.  They're pretty low cal (as low as 3 slices for 80 calories)  but aren't soft loaf style bread.

Date Posted: 3/17/2010 9:54 PM ET
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Have you tried the 100 cal orowheat sandwich thins? They are all really good, and I find that I can live with the size, knowing how many cals I'm saving!

Date Posted: 4/25/2010 12:29 PM ET
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Weight Watchers bread  is pretty good-especially if you toast it.

Stacy

Date Posted: 4/29/2010 3:53 PM ET
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I like the Pepperidge Farm Light Style breads...I think there are 3 or 4 different kinds, and the serving size is 3 slices, so it feels like you're eating more. There's about 45 cals./slice ( Ieat 2 slices), and 1 gram of fat in most servings. Plus PROTEIN will def. make you feel more energized, and if you're looking to skip beef, I would highly recommend BOCA burgers (70 cals 1.5 grams fat, packs alot of protein for the punch) or Morningstar veggie patties. :-)