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manna bread review

A few months ago, Manna Bread sent me some samples of their bread for me to try.  And, by a few samples, I mean a loaf of each flavor they have!

It was extremely generous of them to send me so many samples and I greatly appreciated it!  I really do love the texture and the ingredient list of their breads.

[Disclaimer: I did receive these samples for free, but my review is completely my own.  If I didn’t like the bread, I would definitely tell you so!!]

From the website:

MANNA BREAD® is remarkably simple and wholesome, made entirely from sprouted organic grains, seeds, fruits & nuts. It contains no salt, leavening, yeast, oil, or sweeteners. By fully germinating our grains, we convert the starches into easily digested natural complex sugars, similar to those found in fresh fruits, hence the sweetness. The sprouts are ground and hand-shaped into loaves, baked at a low temperature, then packed and frozen to preserve shelf life, without any chemical additives.

MANNA BREAD® is moist, delicious, cake-like…and simply heavenly!

They are definitely right about that, the bread is extremely moist and cake-like, even after defrosting from the freezer.  The texture is awesome.  I have eaten the bread plain, with jam, nut butters, butter, etc.  It is perfect every single way.

I stuck all of the bread directly into the freezer and am just taking out a few slices as I eat it.  This way, it will keep for up to a year.

Shelf Life of Manna Bread:

Frozen (-10 F) – up to 1 year

Refrigerated (35 F) – 2-3 weeks

Room Temp (65 F) – up to 5 days

I basically liked each of the breads, but I definitely liked a few more than others.  My favorites contained chunks of dried fruit and nuts, like Fruit & Nut and Banana Walnut Hemp!

On to the review…not in any particular order.

Whole Rye

The rye bread is dense!  If you like rye bread, then you will definitely like this.  My favorite way to enjoy it is toasted with a smidge of butter and a side of scrambled eggs. 🙂

 

Cinnamon Date

Each loaf is fairly small, but very dense and filling, so don’t be fooled by the size!

You can really see the cake-like texture in the photo above!  This bread had a very subtle hint of cinnamon and a few chunks of dates throughout.  It was on the sweeter side, as most of their bread are, but I like that.

Millet Rice

Yum, Yum, Yum!  Millet bread is my all time favorite, and this did not dissapoint.  It was much more moist than the other brands I have bought, which was great.  The only downfall was that it really fell apart before I even ate it.  I love the Millet toasted with jam.

Multigrain

I liked this flavor, but it wasn’t anything special.  It was good with peanut butter, but if I had to choose, I would pick one of their many other flavors before this one.  Like, the carrot raisin!

Carrot Raisin

Look at the hunks of raisins!  I really liked this flavor, but I really like anything with carrots and raisins.  Due to the cake-like texture and the sweetness of the bread, it almost reminded me of carrot cake without the frosting!  Heavenly. 🙂

Fig, Fennel & Flax

This loaf was topped with tons of seeds!  I love that kind of texture in my bread.  The seeds were only on top though, and I would have liked more figs!  But, the flavor was good – only a hint of fennel.

Fruit & Nut

I loved this!  Generous chunks of dried fruits and nuts made it very fruity and delicious.

Sunseed

The sunflower seeds in this bread made it my absolute favorite.  There is something about sunflower seeds that I love.  They gace the sweetish bread a crunchy and saltier taste.  YUM!

Banana Walnut Hemp

I had tried this flavor before and was excited to be able to try it again.  I love bananas, so I loved this bread.  It has a lot of chunks of dried bananas throughout, which was great.  It is perfect on it’s own!

You can find Manna Bread in the freezer section of your grocery store.  Unless you are going to eat the bread within a few days, I really recommend storing it in the freezer.  For a few loaves, I cut them up into slices, then stuck it in the freezer for easy grab-and-go when you want a slice.

It tastes great toasted!

Thank you, Manna Bread, for letting me sample your bread!

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grilled zucchini and quinoa

I made a tasty dinner tonight for Kate and I!

I cannot believe that I haven’t had quinoa in over a month.  We used to have quinoa once or twice a week, but I haven’t been craving it lately.  Well, it tasted delicious tonight!

We all know that I love 101cookbooks.com and this recipe was another one that did not disappoint.  I followed the recipe, but subbed almonds for pinenuts and omitted the cheese.  While the quinoa was cooking, I sauteed an onion over medium heat with a little salt and olive oil until tender.  I mixed the onion with the quinoa before mixing in the sauce.

Quinoa and Grilled Zucchini (see recipe here)

My favorite part of the dish was the sauce!  It is so good, I would make this as a salad dressing or as a sauce for rice or just grilled veggies.  It seems very versatile and is so yummy!  Great for the summer.

The sauce is made up of avocado, plain yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and salt.

Trust me, it is so good!

I started out my day with a 4.5 mile run in the heat and humidity.  I swear, this heat makes me much slower and I get tired so much more easily…I hope it is the heat!

After my run, I drank some juice.

And, had some toast – Fig Fennel & Flax Manna Bread.

Spread with Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Seed Butter and enjoyed with a banana and my juice, which was a delicious blend of pineapple, pear and ginger.  Very yummy.

I was starving for lunch, so I dug right into my leftover chopped salad from last night.  The salad was even better today after marinating overnight!

Along with a yogurt and 2 sweet and juicy apricots!

I tried the new Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabar for an afternoon snack and it was amazing.  Very peanut buttery with chocolate chips throughout.

Try these new Larabar’s!  You won’t be disappointed…and if you are, send them to me! 🙂

chopped veggie salad

It was so hard to wake up this morning!!  My eyes felt like they were glued shut!

Luckily, I had another juice to enjoy from Organic Avenue.

Veggie Vibe!

The cucumber, lemon and parsley flavors really stood out.  It definitely was not my favorite juice, but it was good.  And, made me feel energized!

Along with my juice, I snacked on 2 slices of Carrot Raisin Manna Bread.

Look at those raisins!!

With a think spread of peanut butter and Crofter’s cherry jam.

I loved this breakfast!

Lunch was interesting because we were down to minimal fresh food in the fridge!  We pick up our CSA tonight, so we were completely out of fruits and vegetables except for 2 small pickling cucumbers.

I sliced them up and ate them with lemon hummus and a mix of raw flax and rice crackers.

I also had a honey greek yogurt with raw granola and freeze dried strawberries and blueberries.

How’s that for getting fruit into my lunch?! 🙂

On the way to pick up our CSA, I found something I had been searching for – the new Larabar flavors!!!

I dug right into the Chocolate Chip Brownie.

YUMMMMMMMMMMY!!!!!!!!!

It definitely tastes like a brownie and has chunks of chocolate in every bite.  It was so good!

Dinner was thrown together pretty quickly, but at least we had fresh veggies!

While Brant was getting my veggie burger and his eggs together, I made up a chopped salad similar to the one we had at Emily’s last night.

Green pepper, cucumber, spring onion, heirloom cherry tomatoes and carrots chopped up and mixed with honey balsamic, olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh thyme.  It came out great.

And, a veggie burger on a whole wheat bun with ketchup and a pickle.

I really like making salad’s out of fresh chopped veggies.  You don’t need any lettuce because everything is so fresh.  This would be great to bring to a BBQ or the beach because you don’t have to worry about lettuce wilting.  Make it the night before to let the flavors marinate throughout.

manic monday

Just another Manic Monday!

I wanted to start Monday off on the right foot today, so I opened up my Blueberry Spirulina Smoothie that I picked up at Organic Avenue in the city.

The smoothie contained some delicious and healthy ingredients.

The smoothie was really good and I just love the fun glass bottles they come in.

Along with my smoothie, I toasted up 2 slices of Cinnamon Date Manna Bread that the company sent me to review (full post at a later date).

Spread thinly with Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter, this breakfast was awesome!

Manna Bread is so doughy and cake-like, I personally love it!  I could really taste the cinnamon in this flavor.

For lunch, I feasted on a salad that I brought home from NYC.  I stopped at Bonobos, a Vegetarian restaurant, before leaving yesterday to pick something up.

I picked up the Nori Rolls which are a mix of nuts and veggies rolled in Nori and a side salad with agave mustard viniagrette.

They were pretty good, but not awesome!  I also had a chocolate yogurt, which was awesome!

Mid-afternoon, I snacked on a Maple Pecan Boomi Bar.

This was by far my favorite flavor and I think it was because of the maple.  I love maple syrup! 🙂

Dinner was made for us by the wonderful Emily & Shawn!

Pappardelle with Spiced Butter from 101cookbooks

The pasta was delicious!  The spices, herbs and pinenuts were awesome.

Chopped Veggie Salad

A super delicious salad with tomato, cucumber, pepper, red onion, avocado and more!

Thanks for a delicous dinner, guys!

manna bread & mangoes

It’s a gorgeous day in Boston, even though it is much colder than I would like it to be!  I love getting my weekend days started early because I feel so much more productive.  My plan was to hit the gym to get a weight session in after a 2 week hiatus.  I ate some toast with almond butter beforehand in order to fuel up with carbs before working out.

This wasn’t just any toast with AB!  I spotted some Manna Bread in the freezer case at my local health food store last week when I was looking for Millet bread and I decided to try it out.  I tried their new flavor –Banana Walnut Hemp.

I had read about this bread on some blogs and in some magazines, so I knew that it was a sprouted bread, but I had no idea what it would taste like.  On their website they describe Manna Bread as a cake-like, sprouted bread, free of salt, no oils, no sweeteners, no leavening agents.  The ingredient list is awesome!

Ingredients: sprouted organic wheat kernels, filtered water, organic dried bananas, organic walnuts, organic flaxseeds, organic hemp seeds.

The loaf is small, but definitely filling (which I discovered this morning).  It is almost smaller than my hand!

Since the loaf is frozen, I popped the entire thing in the microwave for 30 seconds.  I was able to cut off a few slices without having the whole loaf defrost.  This is loaded with bananas and walnuts!

I toasted the bread and topped it with a little almond butter for staying power at the gym.  This bread was absolutely delicious!  It was moist and flavorful, unlike the Ezekiel bread that I sometimes buy.  Each loaf has 6 servings, which each contain 140 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbs, 12 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.  Spread with a little nut butter makes this a great snack!  I will absolutely buy this again, and I can’t wait to try other flavors because they sound delicious – Carrot Raisin, Cinnamon Date, Fig Fennel Flax, Fruit and Nut, Millet Rice, Multigrain, Sunseed and Whole Rye.  They all sound out of this world!  YUM.

Anyways, enough about bread and on to my awesome workout.

I started with a total body weight session (about 35 minutes), which felt awesome after about 2 weeks off.  I do my full body weights as circuits in order to burn more calories while lifting weights.  Plus, it keeps it more interesting!

Total Body Weight Session

  • 21’s (3 sets, 18 lb bar)
  • Deadlifts with upright row (3 sets of 12, 18 lb bar)
  • Chest press on bench (12.5 lb, 3 sets of 12) with Bicycle Crunches (3 sets of 15)
  • Squats with overhead press (10 lb weights, 3 sets of 12)
  • Lunges with side lift alternating with lunges with front raise (7.5 lb weights, 3 sets of 12 each leg)
  • Triceps extension (10 lb weight, 3 sets of 12) with Triceps dip (3 sets of 12)
  • Crunches on a ball (3 sets of 15) with Fly on ball (7.5 lb weights, 3 sets of 12)
  • Triceps pullback on ball (12.5 lb weights, 3 sets of 12) with Frog crunches (3 sets of 15)

I followed my weights session with a 5 mile easy run on the treadmill.  It felt awesome to run, but my legs still do feel a little tired.  I plan to take it easy for the next week as well because they do say to do easy workouts for 13 days after a Half Marathon (1 day for each mile run).  I can’t wait to fit in some more swimming and spinning next week.

After the gym, I whipped up a fruit & protein smoothie for recovery.  The star of the show was a Mango Amazing Meal packet.  I really like the Amazing Grass products.  This meal packet contains lots of green superfoods, plant based protein, phytonutrient rich fruits & vegetables, digestive enzymes and probiotics.  Everything that your body needs!  The 10 grams of protein in the packet make it a good post workout snack.  It contains 110 calories, so you could just mix this up with water or milk to get your protein.  I just like to add more to my smoothies to make them more filling!

And, some frozen fruit.

Mango-Strawberry Protein Smoothie

  • 1 packed Pomegranate Mango Amazing Meal
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 8 frozen strawberries (on the small side)
  • 1 cup almond milk

It was very good!  It had a very strong mango flavor with just a hint of berry.

I’m planning on some beet salad from last night on a bed of greens for lunch (the smoothie was awesome, but I’m already hungry again!), some study time, and then a fun beer tasting this afternoon!

See ya!