We’re going to let you in on a diet secret few people know: You don’t have to give up bread to lose your belly fat.
Most people think they have to completely remove bread from their pantry to see weight-loss results. However, choosing the right bread brand that’s loaded up with whole grains, fiber, and protein, can actually help you reach your goals faster.
You see, bread can be made with just two ingredients: water and flour. Store-bought bread, though, can be made from more than 20 ingredients. (And that’s excluding toppings like seeds and grains.) And that’s the kind of stuff you want to stay far away from.
So how does bread find a role in a healthy trim-down plan? Stick with these expert-recommended, nutrient-dense, best bread brands. These breads are whole-grain-filled, fiber-rich, and energy-boosting, so you’ll hit your health goals in no time. While you’re making healthier choices, be sure to stock up on The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.
Angelic Bakehouse 7-Grain Bread
Per 1 slice: 100 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 280 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (4 fiber, 2 g sugar), 5 g protein
“This delicious loaf contains a blend of 7 different grains (red wheat berries, quinoa, millet, oat groats, barley, rye berries, and amaranth) to maximize the nutrition. Together, each slice contains 4 grams of fiber and 21 grams of whole grains to power you through your day,” says Mackenzie Burgess, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist and recipe developer at Cheerful Choices. “Unlike many other breads, this loaf is also completely vegan and soy-free.
It really is one of the best options out there.
“Angelic Bakehouse 7-Grain Bread contains (duh) 7 grains in each slice. And since the grains are sprouted, your body will be able to actually use the nutrients found in these slices more efficiently,” says Lauren Manaker MS, RDN, LD, and author of Fueling Male Fertility.
Dave’s Killer Bread, Organic White Bread Done Right
Per 1 slice: 110 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 3 g protein
“If you grew up on white bread, you know that making the switch to anything else is no easy task. But many people are told to avoid white bread because most varieties are made with refined ingredients and lack key nutrients like fiber and antioxidants,” Manaker explains. “The only white bread that enters my home is Dave Killer Bread’s White Bread Done Right. This white bread gives my family to super-satisfying taste that they know and love, but each serving contains 10 grams of whole grains, does not contain any bleached flour, and is made with high-quality organic ingredients. Plus, since each slice contains 2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein, using this bread offers up some staying power too.”
Silver Hills Mack’s Flax Sprouted Wheat Bread
Per 1 slice: 110 calories, 1.5 g fat, 160 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (5 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 6 g protein
“Flax seeds are a plant-based protein source. Since this bread is made with this special seed, it boasts a whopping 6 grams of protein per slice,” Manaker says. “So, if you are making a sandwich using two slices of this bread, you will already be getting 12 grams of protein before you even add in your meats and cheeses!”
Simple Kneads Quinoa Power Grains Gluten-Free Bread
Per 1 slice: 90 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 160 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 3 g protein
“Gluten-free bread can be super-dense and you can feel like you just ate a rock when you try some varieties out,” Manaker says. “This bread is made with quinoa, giving it some fiber and an interesting (and satisfying) consistency. Great for sandwiches, French toast, or whatever you enjoy eating.”
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Dave’s Killer Bread Organic Sprouted Whole Grains Thin-Sliced
Per 1 slice: 70 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 115 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 3 g protein
“The terms ‘sprouted whole grains’ and ‘thin sliced’ don’t always bring about visions of a delicious sandwich, but this bread is a rarity,” Manaker says. “Made with sprouted grains and thinly sliced, it holds a surprisingly large amount of sandwich, yet is soft and totally crave-able.”
Dave’s Killer Bread Raisin’ the Roof
Per 1 slice: 90 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 95 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 3 g protein
“Warm cinnamon raisin bread with a spread of butter is the stuff that dreams are made of. But many choices are made with ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and are just as ‘healthy’ as a baked good, [meaning] they are not that healthy,” Manaker explains. “Dave’s Killer Bread Raisin The Roof is free from high fructose corn syrup, is made from wheat flour instead of white, and contains superfoods like flax seeds and sesame seeds. It satisfies any cinnamon raisin craving without loading your body up with sugar and refined flour.”
Plus, it’s a solid option for your ticker.
“Each slice packs in major flavor while providing 8 grams of whole grains and 80 milligrams of ALA omega-3. This type of omega-3 fat is found in plant foods and may help decrease the risk of heart disease,” Burgess says.
365 by Whole Foods Touch O Honey Oat Bread
Per 1 slice: 110 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (1 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 4 g protein
“Made with rolled oats and steel-cut oats, this bread is a hearty option for oatmeal bread lovers,” Manaker says. “And with only 1 gram of added sugar, it is a good-for-you option that makes many meals better.”
Sara Lee Delightful Multi-Grain Bread
Per 1 slice: 45 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 95 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (2 g fiber, <1 g sugar), 3 g protein
“This bread is thin sliced and only contains 45 calories per slice. With a whopping 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per 2 slices, it is an option that can help people manage their weight in a delicious way,” Manaker explains.
Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Bread
Per 1 slice: 80 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 75 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 5 g protein
“Made with sprouted grains, this bread contains 3 grams of fiber per slice, or 11% of the daily value,” Manaker says.
It’s a beloved option for a reason!
Cali’flour Foods Flatbreads
Per 1 slice: 50 calories, 2.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 120 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 5 g protein
If you’re looking for something a little bit different and way to try lighter swap, go for this cauliflower-based option.
“These thin Cali’flour Foods Flatbreads are the perfect lighter swap for bread. I love how they are made from real ingredients you can pronounce—mozzarella, egg whites, and cauliflower,” Burgess says. “One flatbread contains just 50 calories while packing in 5 grams of satiating protein. They are suitable for different dietary preferences like low-carb and gluten-free too. Try rolling up turkey, cheese, and lettuce in a toasted Cali’flour Foods Flatbread for a protein-packed wrap.”