Along with a handful of bloggers and media representatives I was invited along to the Tip Top HQ for the launch of A Grain of Truth campaign, which is all about educating the average Australian and de mystifying the facts that have been doing the rounds about the ‘evils’ of bread the past couple of years. The gorgeous Dr Joanna McMillan was there to chat about her findings and shared some delicious recipes. We also watched a bread making demonstration from two of the head bakers at Tip Top Bakeries. The process was simple, and really hasn’t changed much over the years.
Our bodies actually need carbohydrates to refuel - so the consumption of smart carbs are essential for a healthy diet...Especially for children who need carbohydrates for healthy brain growth and function. Dr Joanne chatted to us about choosing carbs that are low GI and contain whole grains, to make you feel fuller for longer. I have to say I'm not part of the statistic that is cutting out bread from their diet. One of the main reasons is that without bread, Sunday’s diet would be incredibly limited. She’s a little carb loader and would live off pasta and plain bread if I allowed it. The only way I can make sure she is getting anything remotely nutritious is through toast in the morning and sandwiches at lunch. I was pleased to find out from Dr Joanne that the staple bread of choice in our home is one of the healthier options. I’ve been buying the fairly dense Soy + Linseed from Burgen for about 5 years now, simply because I find it delicious. Dr Joanne shared a great tip - If you are keen to get your child eating a more nutritious wholegrain bread over white options, do it gradually...wholegrain on the bottom of the sandwich and white on the top. Clever!
Sunday being the picky eater she is, always opens up a sandwich to scrutinise exactly what’s gone inside it, so I’ve quickly learned that an open option is the way to go with her. Pictured at the top of this post are four of my go-to open sandwich options, that I enjoy too. I must admit that the odd ingredient still gets flung to the side of Sunday's plate (case in point: tomato), but I figure if it’s put in front of her enough, she’ll have to cave in and try it one of these days.
For each of these four combinations, I simply toasted slices of the Burgen bread in the toaster (Sunday and I both like our bread toasted, but soft and fresh can be just as delicious). Numbered 1 to 4, give these really simple and affordable open sandwiches a go for a quick lunch:
1. Smash fresh avocado on the slice of toast with a fork. Place sliced tomato on top with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Spread fresh ricotta on the toast, place sliced strawberries on top with a sprinkling of shaved almonds.
3. Delicious soft peanut butter is a favourite with kids, add sliced banana, honey and cinnamon and it could almost be considered a dessert - but it's filling enough for an easy lunch.
4. A little on the decadent side - but sometimes I’ll try anything to get Sunday to eat something happily. Simply spread fresh ricotta, add a layer of blueberries and a splash of melted dark chocolate. Delicioso!
I hope you are all having a great week, and let's bring back bread.