I was recently contacted and asked if I would allow a guest post on my blog all about bread. It was an easy yes. Bread is one of those things I love to make but rarely get around to doing it. My 50’s housewife alter ego despairs daily! This post is written by baking expert Joe Hughes. You can find his website at http://village-bakery.com. It is a comprehensive resource for homestyle cooking and baking, I really recommend you check it out.
Ingredients and technique are the key most important thing to delicious food. Joe works to teach his audience baking technique, so everyone can make delicious bread that tastes just like your grandma made it. Well…. Not my Grandma… Sorry Grandma you are an amazing woman but a baker you are not 😉
5 Healthy and Delicious Ingredients Children Love in Homemade Bread
You can make bread healthy. If you have all the proper baking essentials and your bread doesn’t come out just right, it’s probably an ingredient issue that’s holding back your success. Children might love the bread you make, but it’s up to you to add flavor and healthy ingredients into the food.
And if your child is going through his or her fussy eater phase, you may need to add some of these ingredients to put an end to the fuss.
I’m going to discuss a few of the ingredients I pop into my bread machine regularly to add additional nutrients and taste to the food.
1. Tomatoes Are a Delight
Tomato bread is great-tasting, and there are ample opportunities to add a bit of tomato to your food. A flavorful tomato basil bread is a good start, or you can choose to make focaccia bread instead of your standard bread.
When you add tomatoes, you can even make a bruschetta, you’ll be adding the following nutrients:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B6
Did you know that tomatoes improve vision, help manage diabetes, aid in digestion, prevent urinary tract infections and reduce cholesterol?
2. Raisins and Oats Add Immense Health Benefits
A handful of raisins and oats can be added into bread dough prior to baking your bread to add a lot of nutritional goodness to your food. These ingredients are a great combination of flavors that tickle the palate and help to:
- Add antioxidants
- Lower cholesterol
- Add fiber
- Add nutrients, including:
- Vitamin B1, B5 and B3
These two ingredients also help to fight off constipation, weight gain, certain cancers and hypertension while helping improve heart health.
3. Flax Seeds Are Super Healthy
If you want to cut back on chocolate chip cookies and choose a healthier snack, delicious flax seed bread is a great go-to option. You can simply add the flax seeds into your bread or sprinkle it on top prior to baking.
When you consume flax seeds, you’ll enjoy a high fiber, low-carb meal that helps to:
- Promote weight loss
- Lower cholesterol
- Add antioxidants
- Reduce cancer risks
- Promote digestive health
These seeds contain an abundance of omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans and fiber, too. Studies also point to a lower risk of heart disease and stroke when flax seed is a regular part of a person’s diet. Flax has been shown to reduce inflammation and combat diabetes.
And flax seeds taste good, too.
If you want to introduce a heart healthy ingredient into your bread, flax seed and/or oats will be loved even by fussy children who want to kick and drag their feet at food you know they like to eat.
4. A Frenzy of Berries
Berries are tasty, and they’re packed with nutrients and antioxidants that help keep you – and your kids – healthy. The great news is that you can add berries in bread without much fear or worry in the process. In fact, the berries will add to the taste of the food while making it much healthier in the process.
A few breads that taste great with berries are:
- Blueberry bread
- Lemon berry bread (lemon bars are a treat)
- Berry-almond bread
- Raspberry bread
The options are plentiful.
A few berries you can incorporate into your bread making today are:
When you eat berries, you’re adding antioxidants into your body that help fight off free radicals. You’ll also stave off:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Various forms of cancer
You’ll be adding a punch of vitamins into the mix as well as fiber and potassium.
5. Dark Chocolate is Healthy
I know, I know – chocolate isn’t healthy. And while this was the thought for many years, this isn’t true in moderation. Chocolate does have:
- High caloric value
- 4g of fat per tablespoon of semi-sweet chocolate
But there have been a lot of studies that point to chocolate being very healthy, too. There’s also the fact that most children love chocolate, which is great news.
Studies show that chocolate can:
- Be a powerful antioxidant
- Improve blood flow
- Lower blood pressure
- Raise HDL levels
- Protect LDL oxidation
- Reduce pain
- Boost heart health
- Aid in brain health
So, the next time someone tells you that chocolate is bad for you, the facts tell a different story. Mom and dad can enjoy a piece of bread with a bit of chocolate in it, too.
The only thing left to do is trick the kids into helping you clean the dishes afterward.
Thank you Joe for sharing this with me and my readers. And thank you for reading my posts and making them relevant to this. I appreciate the effort you have gone to.
Does anyone add these ingredients to their bread already? Are there other ingredients you like to add?