by Susan Fox
"Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it. . . " (Ez 4:9)
Have you heard of Ezekiel Bread?
Described in the Holy Bible in Ezekiel 4:9 from which it derives its name, this bread is made from freshly sprouted live grains and contains no flour. It's high in protein and low in carbohydrates, so it's excellent for diabetics, but everyone can benefit from the nutrition in Ezechiel bread. Sprouting is the best way to release all of the vital nutrients stored in whole grains.
Because it is a sprout bread, it has to be refrigerated unless you plan on eating it all in one day as it gets moldy easily. I keep it in the freezer and then toast one slice at a time. The problem with Ezechiel bread is that it doesn't really taste as good as a slice of ... say toasted white bread. So I buy the Ezechiel 4:9 Cinnamon Raisin bread. Then I smother it in butter and French Peach Preserves (Bonne Maman). Then I sprinkle the jam generously with Watkins 100% Organic Ground Cinnamon.
There you have it, organic bread with organic cinnamon. I kid you not, this little snack is delicious. And it's better with the organic cinnamon rather than regular. You can't believe the flavor. I discovered this little gem all by myself, but after I did I read the label on the cinnamon and it said, "Use in all types of baked goods and fruit desserts, especially apples and peaches."
Watkins cinnamon is different than the Ceylon variety you get in the grocery store. Watkins award-winning high-oil Korintje cassia is about twice as flavorful as the Ceylon variety, and is the best quality cinnamon available anywhere. Plus it is the only cinnamon that will help stabilize blood sugar. For that reason, my goddaughter's mother puts it on her oatmeal every morning, and reduces the amount of sugar on her cereal, thereby insuring a healthy breakfast.
Your diabetes doctor will want you to eat protein with it, so if it's breakfast, I serve it with a boiled or poached egg. And if it's a snack I eat it with a handful of pecans. Ezekiel bread can be found at Whole Foods and other health food stores.