Superfood breads: Bread at its finest
Green, pink or black? With beetroot or activated charcoal? Bread has never been this interesting. We have moved away from the common recipes and are now experimenting with colours, flavours and ingredients that have led to a culinary revolution. We are, of course, referring to superfoods, which have well and truly become a part of our dietary habits over the past few years.
Before, when we referred to black bread, we meant wholemeal bread. Nowadays, in the era of wellness and food trends, when we refer to “black bread”, we mean activated charcoal bread. This new dietary trend helps detoxify the body and stimulates the immune system, thus contributing to the body’s overall health. Activated charcoal is a powder that is free of taste and smell, which offers its full benefits without impacting on the flavour.
Pink bread has also taken social media by storm of late, making an impression with its original colour and interesting flavour. It is made from beetroots, which give it a sweet, refreshing flavour and make it a great accompaniment for halloumi or fresh anari cheese. It is a food trend that is here to stay, as it does not just add colour and sweetness to our breakfast. It is a well-known fact that beetroot is very beneficial for our health. Among other things, it helps prevent osteoporosis, reduce cholesterol, improve natural body defences and has been linked with preventing cancer.
Buckwheat, also known as ‘black wheat”, is another superfood that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Gluten-free and high in protein, vitamins, minerals, fibre and folic acid, it was only a matter of time before it started being used in bread-making. Buckwheat bread is ideal for those who are trying to lose weight.
Flaxseed bread is also considered one of the healthiest breads, as it reduces cholesterol and assists weight loss. It includes vitamins and minerals, fibre, strong antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Of course, the king of all super-breads is quinoa bread; made from the notorious plant that the Incas considered as the “mother of all grains”. This tiny grain, smaller than a rice grain, has more protein than any other cereal and contains phosphorus, iron, calcium, magnesium, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B and E. Quinoa is a favourite with dieticians, as it is rich in fibre and complex carbohydrates that help maintain a healthy body weight.
Rye bread is also a good option for a healthy and balanced diet, as it is an excellent source of dietary fibre, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, protein and vitamin B1. It is a special bread, as it can be combined with both sweet and savoury foods. A slice of rye bread with halloumi and a glass of fresh orange juice provide a healthy dose of protein, fibre and vitamins, and can give you your boost for the day.
Even though bread has for years been misunderstood because of its calorie content, in reality it is necessary for a balanced diet; as long as it is consumed with measure.
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