Many individuals will be confused by the title of this blog post as most individuals do not associate high protein and low carbohydrate as words to describe bread. It is possible! Did you know that Dimpflmeier has a CarbSmart option on the market?
As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, I believe bread can be a part of a healthy diet. Bread is a source of carbohydrate. Carbohydrate is a vital energy source for our body and brain. Without carbohydrates, we would not be very happy individuals. 😉 Carbohydrate can be broken down into 3 components- starch, fibre and sugar. Of the three components, fibre is the one component that cannot be absorbed or digested by our body. As a general rule of the thumb, if something has more fibre, the better it is for you. 🙂
When it comes to bread, every standard slice of bread should be equal to 15 grams of carbohydrate. When reading the label when considering a bread choice, it is important to look at the total carbohydrate amount per listed serving size. Besides total carbohydrate content as per listed serving size, you should also pay attention to the fibre content. Any product which has 2 grams of fibre or more per serving is considered a source of fibre. Because the average woman (aged 19-50 years old) should aim to have at least 25 grams of fibre/day and the average man (aged 19-50 years old) should aim to have at least 38 grams of fibre/day, I always recommend individuals to look for products that have at least 4 grams of fibre or more per serving.
As a Registered Dietitian, I typically do not discuss much about calorie content because I believe that if you have enough fibre intake during the day, your caloric intake will come down. Having said that, many individuals still need guidance towards portion control. A standard slice of bread should be equal to 80 kcals per slice. Many of the leading brands on the market have bigger portions in terms of bread slices. Here in Toronto, Canada, for the general population, I believe Stonemill Bakery Breads is a good all around family friendly option. I particularly like the chia and supergrains option from this local Toronto brand. As of recent, I became a fan of the Country Harvest Fibre & Grains Chia bread and believe this bread can also be a family friendly option as well.
In order to have a balanced breakfast, there needs to be the presence of carbohydrate and a combination of fat and/or protein. Ideally, one should aim for 20 grams of protein at one meal. It is not hard for an individual to obtain this amount at lunch and dinner given that the person will eat ~75-100 grams of cooked meat and/or seafood but at breakfast, protein intake can be a problem. Think about how you might eat your toast in the morning. You may have a bit of peanut butter and/or other nut/seed butter alternatives; however, the nut/seed butter will not offer you very much protein. You may have an egg on the side; however, the egg provides only 6-7 grams of protein. By having an egg and some nut and/or seed butter on your toast, you are close to your 20 gram protein goal but this may mean that you will need to only eat one slice of toast vs. two slices of toast. Are you starting to see how nutrition is very individualized and what someone can/cannot eat really depends on the big picture.
Dimpflmeier CarbSmart or Power Slice bread can be of assistance to an individual who considers himself/herself a breadaholic and really is looking for an option to curb his/her appetite.
As pea protein is added to the product, this is how CarbSmart bread can have 15 grams of protein per slice. This bread only has 1 gram of carbohydrate but does contain 110 kcals. Although the appearance of the slice is very thin, don’t be fooled. It is very filling and very dense. With a little nut/seed butter and/or a slice of cheese on top of this slice of bread, you will have a very nutrient dense breakfast but at a very low caloric level.
The downside to this product is the price point. It will cost you $9.19 for a loaf which contains 9 slices; however, for the individuals who are breadaholics, this may be a very effective way in cutting down bread intake and/or to incorporate mindful eating practices.
If you are curious about this bread, it gives you a great excuse to check out the Dimplfmeier Factory in Etobicoke. The Dimplfmeier brings back great childhood memories as my father worked in the west end of Toronto. When my sister and I would go visit him, he would often bring us to the Dimpflmeier Factory. All I have to say is yummy goodness awaits you. 😉