Angelic Bakehouse: For Health Nuts and Health Nots

An array of tasty, sprouted-grain treats from Angelica Bakehouse, whose motto is :Wickedly Wholesome Divinely Delicious (TM)"

An array of tasty, sprouted-grain treats from Angelic Bakehouse, whose motto is :Wickedly Wholesome Divinely Delicious (TM)”

I’m not proud of this but many, many years ago, I had a friend who I labeled a “health freak.” Not just a “health nut” or even “healthy fanatic,” I determined her to be full on freaky about doing everything good for the health of herself and her family. What pushed her over into freakidom for me was seeing her sprout grain on damp paper towels before she made bread. Sometimes, she just ate the sprouted grain like a snack or put it on salads. I thought this was just weird. I mean, it’s already a grain or a bean which is good for you. Why sprout it?

Well, not long after that, I started getting on the healthy eating bandwagon and understood why my friend was not a health freak but was, instead, ahead of her time. Turns out, grains have that hard exterior on them to protect them until it’s time for them to start growing. Once that outer shell opens up, there’s a powerhouse of nutrition hiding inside just waiting to come out and nurture itself as it grows into a full-on plant. So eating sprouted grain, at the time it sprouts, is like amping up the nutritional value in a big way. Mix that sprouted grain with high-quality bread-makings and you have a very healthy, very tasty bread to eat that, by the way, is especially awesome toasted.

We’ve been eating sprouted grain bread for a long time now and love it but hate the high cost. I mean $4.99 or more for a loaf of bread that we potentially go through in a week? That gets to be a bit much. So when I discovered Angelic Bakehouse, a family-run bakehouse out of Wisconsin selling delicious sprouted grain breads for much less, I was all over it. Through the website, the Sprouted Seven Grain bread is just $2.50 (plus shipping and handling) and a little more in the stores – but still far less than the brands we’ve been buying.

We sampled the Seven-Grain Sprouted Bread, great for sandwiches and toast; the Seven-Grain Dinner Rolls and the Flatzza, a thin pizza crust/flatbread. The bread was light but not floppy, toasted well and wasn’t totally dry like some healthy breads can be. The rolls were the biggest hit, coming in handy to go along with a Sunday roast-chicken dinner I had made. From grandma on down to the kids, they all asked me if I’d made the rolls (I wish) and if we could have them again soon (sure). I’m making the Rosemary Potato Flatzza tonight but with bacon instead of chicken because that’s what I have on hand.

Angelic Bakehouse products are currently available at Sam’s Club, Sprouts and Whole Foods. Or you can order them off of their website, like I did, having them delivered fresh to your door. http://www.angelicbakehouse.com/

Here are some recipes that let you discover additional ways to enjoy Angelic Bakehouse’s breads:

Cinnamon Honey Butter Spreadhttp://www.angelicbakehouse.com/recipe/cinnamon-honey-butter-spread/

Blueberry French Toasthttp://www.angelicbakehouse.com/recipe/blueberry-french-toast-casserole/

Rosemary Potato Flatzzahttp://www.angelicbakehouse.com/recipe/rosemary-potato-flatzza-recipe/

Your Kids Will Eat THAT? By Edan Goode

Recently, Colorado Parent magazine ran a question on Facebook asking: What’s the most surprising healthy food your child will eat. They were flooded with responses, Vegetableswhich, itself was surprising, as were the answers. It got me thinking – maybe all of the hype about how badly kids eat is hyped up? Maybe they are doing a little better than we think at eating foods that are good for them and…actually enjoying them! Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

Readers reported that their kids willingly eat asparagus, brussels sprouts (that was the most popular response), avocado, salad, “raw spinach eaten like they are potato chips,” beets, cold tofu slices (followed by a frowny face emoticon from Mom), green smoothies, radishes, salmon and red peppers with eggs. Wow! Good for them. Truly!

Wouldn’t we all love to be able to tout the many healthy foods our kids eat? For those of us who can’t (the best I can report is salmon, broccoli, tofu and sweet potatoes from my kids), it made me remember a previous blog I wrote, not long ago, that had some expert suggestions for encouraging kids to eat healthy foods. I think it’s worth offering them up again, here, for this discussion:

  • Offer only healthy foods
  • Be patient with new foods – it takes offering a food at least 15 times, on average, before a child will even try it. Keep trying.
  • Let kids decide how much to eat – they have an inborn ability to regulate how much they need to eat. Help them listen to their bodies.
  • Skip bribes! If you dangle dessert as a reward for eating a vegetable, then the vegetable becomes the hurdle to the reward, which you don’t want it to be.
  • Instead, reward with praise or a special activity, but NOT food. Keep food in the context it needs to be in.
  • Have healthy foods easily accessible – a fruit bowl, a bowl of baby carrots with hummus to dip in. The idea is to make it easy for kids to get the healthy foods.
  • Make it fun and interesting – grow a vegetable garden, cut veggies into cute shapes
  • Let babies play with their food – it helps them build familiarity with the smells and tastes of healthy food.
  • Let kids assemble their lunch, grow food, pick from the garden for dinner. Dayle Hayes told us she would give her children a bowl and send them out to the garden to pick peas for dinner. They’d end up eating them before they even reached the kitchen. Smiling, she would send them back out for tomatoes. She knew this would happen and let it be a way to encourage them to eat veggies.

I’ll turn the tables over to E.A.T. readers now – tell us what healthy foods your kids happily eat? And more importantly, how did you get them to do it?

If you have any healthy-food recipes your kids love that you’d like to share, please do! You can share them via email with Edan Goode at ingoodtastedenver@gmail.com. Be sure to include your name and email and let me know if it’s okay to publish your recipe in an upcoming blog.