After sharing my bread research on Monday, several readers encouraged me not to be so dismissive of Trader Joe’s. Heeding their advice, I made a trip to the nearest store (a 20-minute drive) to check out their bread selection. You folks were right. Trader Joe’s does have good prices.
I found my favorite bread Â— Milton’s Whole Grain Plus Â— for $3.29 at TJ’s, which is 50 cents less than it cost at Safeway. Even better, there were about a dozen other breads that were similarly priced or less expensive, and all of them looked to be on a par with the average breads from my previous post.
A few of the breads were even better. Following Lauren Muney’s recommendation, I picked up two loaves produced by Rainier Organic Bakery. Though they’re more expensive than cheap-o bread at the regular grocery store, they cost less than most major “healthy” breads. And they’re much more nutritious. Here are the stats on the two loaves I purchased:
Rainier Organic Sasquatch Grain & Seed Bread (680g listed, 794g actual)
$2.39 for 18 slices (13.28 cents per slice, $3.52 per kilogram)
per 38g slice: 110 calories, 2.0g fat, 110mg sodium, 18g carbs (6g fiber, 1g sugars)
Eating this is like eating a field of wheat. I’m not joking. This bread contains no artificial anything. It’s made from 16 whole grains and a couple of types of seeds, a little water, a little yeast, and some salt. There’s no flour and there’s no sugar. It’s dense. I like it. After eating this with some fresh chicken or turkey, I’m full.
Rainier Organic Ezekiel 4:9 Bread (680g listed, 764g actual)
$2.69 for 18 slices (14.95 cents per slice, $3.96 per kilogram)
per 38g slice: 90 calories, 0.5g fat, 105mg sodium, 16g carbs (6g fiber, 0g sugars)
While the ingredient list for this bread isn’t quite as impressive as the Sasquatch bread Â— there aren’t as many types of grains, and there’s a little molasses Â— it’s still outstanding.
Taste, however, is another matter. The Sasquatch bread is dry, but it has some texture to make it interesting. There’s no texture to this stuff. It’s just like eating sawdust. Flavor is okay, but if I’m going to choose between the two, I’m going to pick the Sasquatch bread. (And a tall glass of water.)
I didn’t recruit any additional testers for these two breads, so I can’t offer you any other opinions.
After spending the time (and money) to do these tests, though, I’ve decided to include only two breads in my diet. I’ll eat the Sasquatch bread whenever possible. If aren’t able to get up to Trader Joe’s, I’ll supplement with the Milton’s Whole Grain Plus. The latter is the best of the mass-produced stuff.
Oh yeah Â— I’m also going to try Mark Bittman’s No-Knead Bread, as recommended by Brad (and about a zillion others) on Monday. If this works as well as I think, I’ll be writing about it on Get Rich Slowly in the next few weeks. (You folks who have used the recipe, can you jazz it up with garlic, etc.? Or is it best to just follow it as stated?)