Saturday, August 22, 2015

Trader Joe's Whole Grain Plus Bread

I love this bread :)

I discovered this at Trader Joe's perhaps a year ago, and it's what we eat daily.  This "Trader Joe's Whole Grain {Plus} Bread" is "made with 11 whole grains {plus} flax seeds"

Shockingly, I couldn't find much about this bread online - perhaps the funky character in the title of the bread breaks the internet (it crashed by browser trying to make this post) ;)

Around here, it's sold for $2.49, which I think is a great deal.  I believe it's delivered to the store frozen, as I have on occasion seen moisture in the bag at the store.

Here's the nutrition info and ingredients -->

I love that it's 100 calories a slice and I understand all the ingredients.  Compare that to the frightening ingredients in Wonder Bread -- or even Oroweat's 100% Whole Wheat Bread (which includes such greats as "Calcium Propionate (Preservative)", "Calcium Sulfate" and "DATEM") and you'll understand why I'm a big fan of this bread. ;)  It's relatively low in sugar, and a "good source of fiber" with 3 grams in a slice.  Four grams of protein too!

My son also likes this bread, and we both eat a slice for a half-sandwich at lunch most days.  It is still 100 calories a slice, so I limit it to one slice for each of us to keep our calories balanced.

One thing to be aware of with this bread is that it's not filled with preservatives, so you need to be mindful of the expiration date on the wrapper.  I've never seen one longer than a week from date of purchase (and sometimes Trader Joe's isn't great about rotating product so be sure it's not already expired!).  I tend to put the bag in the fridge the day before the date on the package if we haven't finished it.

Love this bread! :)

Nutrition Facts for 1 slice
Calories 100
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 160 mg
Carb 18 g
Fiber 3 g
Sugars 2 g
Protein 4 g

Friday, August 21, 2015

Aie! Up and down and up and down...

Aie!  I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted.  Sheesh.

So, I was back in the swing of things with going to the dance fitness classes three times a week... and then I hurt my knee (the day after a class)... and then I hurt my back (unknown how)... and blah blah blah...

Shockingly, I am currently at my lowest weight in 3 1/2 years.  I was a pound higher than this a few weeks ago, but gained 5 pounds in 3 days with birthdays and such and it took me three weeks to lose that back... and next week I'm going to be traveling to visit family for six days, so this doesn't bode well.  I really, really hope I don't go completely off the rails, but I know this is going to be a stressful trip and healthy eating isn't going to be top of mind.

My various injuries seem to be better now, thankfully, but I'm still going to skip the classes until after my trip.  Hopefully I can resume after my trip, and keep going on this weight loss journey...  :)