Apr 142014
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Roman Meal. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Roman Meal Whole Grain Bread

Since Kayleigh was born last May, I have really been struggling to lose all the weight I gained during my pregnancy.  It seems I am on a constant up and down roller coaster ride with my weight.  I’ll do really well for a couple of weeks, losing a decent amount of weight, and then I fall flat on my face, and it’s all downhill from there.  

Over this past year, I have learned that I can’t just change everything over night.  I have to change things gradually for it actually to work. It’s not about “dieting”, but making a lifestyle change.  

Have you made the switch to whole grain bread?

I have already made a few gradual changes this year, including cutting out soda, not eating anything after 7pm, and switching to whole grain bread.  These were all very easy things for me to do, and will help me to keep weight off over time.  

Benefits of Eating Whole Grain Bread:

There are so many wonderful benefits to eating whole grain bread.  Here are just a few: 

  • Good source of Vitamin D, Calcium and Fiber
  • Aids in Digestion
  • Helps with Weight Management
  • Studies have shown whole grain intake may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Awesome, right?!

Growing up, I always ate white bread because that’s what my parents bought.  I never really knew there was anything else out there.  As a young adult, I experimented with trying new breads, but never really found anything I liked outside of white bread. I’m a very big “texture” person, and I found a lot of whole grain breads to be dry or gritty tasting.

Now that I’m in my 30’s, I really want to stay away from white bread, as it is just not good for me.  I was on a quest to find a delicious whole grain bread, and I found just that in Roman Meal Whole Grain Bread.  

Want that local, fresh-baked taste in your bread?  You got it!

Roman Meal bread is always baked FRESH locally, with more than 90 regional bakeries across the United States.  They then deliver that fresh baked bread to your local grocery store, which means the bread you are getting is super fresh and tasty!  I didn’t find this bread to be dry at all, and the texture was great!

Roman Meal Whole Grain Bread

Healthy recipes to make with all that whole grain bread!

In addition to having fantastic locally baked bread, Roman Meal has some really awesome (and super healthy!) recipes on their site for you to enjoy with your family.  I came across their recipe for Whole Grain Sea Salt & Garlic Croutons, and I couldn’t resist trying them out.  John and I like to add croutons to our salads, but the wrong kind of crouton can cancel out the benefits of that healthy salad quickly!  

Whole Grain Sea Salt & Garlic Croutons

I go crazy over the smell and taste of garlic.  Maybe it’s the Italian in me, but I just can’t get enough of it.   These croutons were bursting with garlic flavor.  They were perfectly crunchy and a great addition to my salads.  You won’t believe how easy these are to make!

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf Roman Meal bread
  • 6 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Chopped Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. Trim crusts from bread slices and cut into 1-inch cubes.  Place bread cubes on two foil-lined baking sheets.  Let stand for at least 2 hours, or overnight. 
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  3. Combine oil and garlic.  Drizzle evenly over bread cubes; stir gently to evenly coat.  Sprinkle with salt. 
  4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, stirring once, or until golden brown.  Cool completely.

 

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Which Roman Meal recipe would you like to make? 

  23 Responses to “Whole Grain Sea Salt & Garlic Croutons”

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever made croutons from scratch before! I love whole grain breads but usually have to talk hubs and kiddo into eating it!

  2. YES! I switched to whole grain years ago, occasionally we will have potato bread but overall I switched and we also only eat no fructose corn syrup bread too!

  3. Yum! Homemade croutons are absolutely the very best. These look so good!

  4. I don’t eat bread that often, yet I need to make smarter choices when I do, this looks delish. Could be an easy switch for the better!

  5. I’ve never made croutons, but you make me want to give it a try – they look really appetizing. I love whole grain bread but admire your discipline about not eating after 7pm. I’m a night owl so that would be tough!

  6. I’ve always wanted to make my own croutons. I always want to add a little crunch to my salads. Thanks so much for this.

  7. I remember eating Roman Meal bread when visiting my grandparents in Illinois. Wish we had it on the shelf in Alaska as I always enjoyed the taste and nutrition.

  8. I have to try this! My kids and husband love Croutons so much! But I want a healthier choice for them! I love the idea of making my own with whole grain.

  9. I love bakery style bread. I haven’t tried this brand yet but it sounds really good and I love that it is made with natural ingredients.

  10. I have bought Roman Meal products for years. I really trust their name.

  11. I love making home made croutons. They taste so good! I never thought to add a bit of sea salt to them. I am goign to have to try this with the next batch.

  12. Ohhhhh these look amazing, I love croutons and Sea Salt is my favorite, sooo will have to try this, you made it sound so simple and if mine only look half that good, I think I’ll be happy

  13. Homemade croutons are the best! These look really good and I love that they are made with whole grain bread so they are healthier.

  14. Your croutons look beautiful. How about the Whole Grain Apple & Herb Stuffing; I’d make that.

  15. We eat whole grain bread if I don’t make ours. My kids love croutons, they are the first thing they pick out of their salads!

  16. I like Roman Meal bread for Reubens or peanut butter toast! I’ve never thought about making my own croutons!

  17. Mmm, I’d love to make those croutons! My mouth is watering just looking at them!

  18. The whole grain french toast and tropical fruit kebabs

  19. I love homemeade croutons! People usually fry them, but this is so much healthier! I am totally going to have to try these.

  20. I would like to create the Rustic Italian Flat Bread Pizza. I think my family would really like it.

  21. I’d like to make the Whole Grain French Toast and Tropical Fruit Kabobs

  22. I’d like to try the Roman Meal Anniversary Club recipe. Hubby LOVES a good Club sandwich! And I can’t wait to make your croutons; I’ve been saying for years that I need to make my own, and just never do!

  23. Turkey and Brie Grilled Cheese

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