Tips for clean living “breadies”
Apr 9, 2019
The good news for bread lovers is that this popular pantry staple doesn’t need to be struck off a ‘clean’ menu. Grain or cereal foods mostly wholegrain or high fibre varieties included with a wide variety of nutritious foods are widely regarded as part of a healthy diet. Staying on your clean living-style menu and in your pantry can be: wholegrain or high fibre breads, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, polenta, couscous, oats, quinoa and barley.
Go back to basics
As with many foods, clean eating when it comes to bread is about going back to basics, going directly to the bakery (either a specialist or an in-store bakery) or baking at home to get the cleanest version possible. Waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread in your home is as good as it can possibly get for ‘breadies’ (new bread makers can be bought from around $100 and are a great investment).
3 Essential tips for buying and storing your loaf
- If you are buying bread at the supermarket, try avoiding highly processed (white) bread and breads filled with preservatives and chemicals that help them maintain freshness.
- Buying fresh bread every few days may not be practical for you, so eat what you need and tightly wrap extra loaves or slices and keep them in the freezer (up to three months).
- Keeping left-over bread mould-free in the tropics and away from ants and bugs can be tricky – again use your freezer. If you put fresh bread in the fridge, it will last for a few days, but will taste best as toast.
- Check the size of your serve and watch the top!
Australian Dietary Guidelines published by the government include useful guidelines as to recommended bread portions and standard serves and it’s worth checking out what a recommended daily serve looks like. There are also some great ideas as to what to put on your bread! No point getting the bread right and the topping topple your clean intentions.