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Food Highlight: Pepperidge Farm Breakfast Breads

Posted Jul 08 2009 11:43am
In the winter months, I eat oatmeal practically every morning for breakfast. As an alternative, I'd have a Thomas' English Muffin or some Kashi Frozen Waffles. Then my sister, a fellow dietitian, as well as a bread addict, suggested I try Pepperidge Farm Breakfast Breads. So I did. And wow, they are so yummy!

So as a dietitian, I want to be sure they're somewhat healthy before I recommend this product to all of my clients. Here's the nutritional info per slice:
  • 90 calories/ slice - On target with most whole grain/whole wheat breads with the exception of "light" or "diet" breads, weighing in a t 40 calories per slice.
  • 18 g carbohydrates - 1 slice is approximately 1 bread exchange for diabetics
  • 8g of whole grains - Just whole grains; this is not a true whole wheat bread, as the first ingredient says "whole wheat flour" and not "100% whole wheat flour"
  • 3g fiber
  • 4g protein - a bit more than other breads out there
  • 0g saturated or trans fats
  • 1.5 g unsaturated fats (your heart-healthy fats)
  • 5g sugar - This is 1 or 2 grams higher than regular whole grain breads. Not a huge difference, and most likely due to the fruit flavoring of the breads including apple, raisin and blueberries.

Bottom Line: These breads are a tasty alternative to your traditional morning routine. Mix them into a normal routine of oatmeal, high fiber cereals and other whole grain toasts or waffles. Toast 2 slices and add 1 tablespoon of almond or peanut butter, a spread of light cream cheese or 1% whipped cottage cheese with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!

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