Joseph’s Flax Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita Bread

I have been a huge fan of Joseph’s bread products for as long as I can remember. Mediterranean food is big in my area and since I’ve grown up eating it, pita bread has been a staple that I reach for. Over the last year, I’ve been trying to eat more wheat based breads (with the exception of hamburger buns and light Italian bread). So when I spotted the Joseph’s Flax Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita Bread I decided to pick up a pack.
These particular pita breads are sold in 2 sizes – one is a larger round pita, whereas these are small “personal sized” pita bread. I have tried both varieties and I find I enjoy this particular type a lot more than the larger size. The pita is on the thinner side, but it is filling due to it being made up of oat bran and whole wheat, it also helps that each pita packs a punch with 5 grams of protein. If you’re used to classic white flour based pita breads, you’d undoubtedly notice a difference in taste … but once you are used to the wheat bread taste, it’s delicious. The one thing I love about these breads is they are so universal. They’re the perfect size to stuff a hamburger into, deli meat, tuna salad and they’re great for a personal sized salad pocket. They’re also standalone delicious for a personal sized pita bread pizza.
A serving is 1 pita which is 50 calories or 1 points plus value or you can have 2 pita breads for 100 calories or 2 points plus values.

Thomas’ Limited Edition Cranberry English Muffins

After trying out the Thomas’ Limited Edition Cranberry Bagels I decided to give the Thomas’ Limited Edition Cranberry English Muffins a try.  I admit bagels are more of my “thing” over English muffins, but I do enjoy a good English muffin now and again.
Thomas’ comes out with limited edition products based on the season. As we know with winter/Christmas … cranberry is all the rage. The one major difference I noticed is the cranberry bagels have a slight sweetness in taste and smell to them (they smell along the line of a blueberry bagel).  Whereas the cranberry English are along the tarter side of the equation and have a rather distinct cranberry scent to them. Texture wise they are your classic English muffin, which has a flakey soft inside, which thanks to the cranberries is slightly moist.  They toast up perfectly and are tasty with a bit of spray butter or even cinnamon butter on them.
A serving, 1 muffin, is 150 calories or 4 points plus values.
Have you tried any of the Thomas’ Limited Edition products?

Joseph’s Flax Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Thin Sandwich Rolls

While picking up some groceries at the store I spotted a new sandwich thin from Joseph’s. I’ve been a big fan of the Joseph’s Flax line (pitas, tortillas) so when I spotted the Joseph’s Flax Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Thin Sandwich Rolls I checked the nutrition facts and set the package into my grocery cart.
Immediately the thin sandwich rolls reminded me of the Trader Joe’s Multigrain Slims.  They’re around the same nutrition information, while they’re the same points plus values.  If you haven’t had either, this would be similar to the Arnold’s sandwich thins, but the Joseph’s feel a little lighter.  The bread itself is filing and holds up pretty well when toasted.  Side note – I really feel I prefer these over the Trader Joe’s multigrain slims!
If you live in an area where Market Basket is your local grocer – I just want to note that Joseph’s breads are on sale 50% off until the end of December.  
Each roll is 90 calories or 2 points plus values.
Have you tried the Joseph thin sandwich rolls?

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Pepperidge Farm Swirl Bread – Pumpkin Spice

I spotted this limited edition Pepperidge Farm Swirl Bread – Pumpkin Spice while at the grocery store and I had to give it a try.  Since I have a deep love for pumpkin I opted for this flavor over the caramel apple swirl bread. I love raisin bread and this smells sweet like raisin bread, but mildly pumpkiny so into the cart it went.  I’m helping my boyfriend find an appreciation for pumpkin things and this is one of the pumpkin items he was more than willing to try.
I’ve enjoyed it toasted with spray butter on it and my boyfriend has had this transformed into French toast.  It’s good mildly sweet, mildly pumpkin tasting and very reminiscent of cinnamon raisin swirl bread.  I enjoy this because it’s a dense bread and when toasted it’s crunchy, but it’s still got a soft quality to it (well, unless you burn it).
One slice is a serving, which is 80 calories or 2 points plus values.  Not bad and worth it, particularly if you’re looking for a change up in the breakfast/snack bread department.
Have you tried either of the limited edition swirl breads?

Ole Mexican Xtreme Wellness! High Fiber Low Carb Tortilla Wraps

I picked up a pack of the Ole Mexican Xtreme Wellness! High Fiber Low Carb Tortilla Wrapsfrom one of my local grocery stores because I’m always in the market for a tortilla that’s point friendly. I’ve tried the Joseph’s brand and enjoy those and have tried the Trader Joe’s variety, but the Ole Mexican brand has to be the largest tortilla (diameter wise) for the least amount of calories/points.
The tortillas are simply a wheat tortilla that’s higher in fiber and low in carbs. They’re pretty soft and stay pretty soft in the package.  I’ve made turkey wraps and pastrami wraps on them and I’ve even used them as side to a salad to help scoop up some of the lettuce. They’re also great to use to make egg & bacon or egg & sausage wraps for breakfast.  I enjoy the taste of these, it’s not an overwhelming wheat flavor – but I do find these tortillas are satisfying but they’re not as filling as other tortillas I’ve tried.
Each tortilla is 90 calories, which is 1 points plus value, whereas two tortillas are 3 points plus each. They can be relatively pricey depending on your store, but the 2 local stores that carry them, sell them for right under the $5 price tag – which I admit is expensive. I can pick up the Joseph’s tortillas for under $2.
What is your favorite brand of tortillas on the market?

Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan

I have enjoyed naan for a very long time, but I have never had garlic naan.  So when I saw on Instagram that there was one available, I made sure I picked up a bag of Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan. The naan is sold in the freezer section and comes with 4 pieces in a bag.
When you open the bag you are awarded with a nice fresh garlic scent.  According to the packaging it’s hand-stretched bread that’s topped with garlic and coriander and then baked in a tranditional Indian clay tandoor oven.  Since the naan is frozen, it has to be heated in the oven for roughly 10 minutes before served up. My oven cooks incredibly fast so I only cooked it for about 5-6 minutes before I had to pull it out of the oven.
It was perfect alongside an Indian dish for dinner – but as I’ve seen on Instagram this would be fabulous as a base for pizza.  Add a little sauce, a little cheese and a few toppings and you have the start of a deliciously amazing garlic bread pizza.  A whole naan is a pretty decent size (larger than a personal size pizza) so it would make a complete meal with a side salad.  Possibilities are endless … as long as you’re a garlic fan!
A whole piece is 190 calories and 5 points plus, but I have found ½ is enough to be a side along with dinner – which comes out to be 2 points plus.
Have you tried the garlic naan or regular naan at Trader Joe’s?

Country Kitchen Light Raisin Bread

I for some reason was on a hunt for raisin bread when I went to the grocery store. Not sure why, I haven’t had raisin bread in the longest time, but I suddenly really wanted it. After rolling my eyes at some of the points plus associated with some raisin bread and raisin English muffins I finally stumbled upon the Country Kitchen Light Raisin Bread. Its 50 calories verse 80 calories.  I admit before I could purchase it, I had to smell the raisin through the bread … it smelled like the 80 calorie one, so into my cart it went.
Later on that night, I toasted up a slice to have with some chocolate peanut butter on it.  The bread is delicious. It’s packed with raisins and does not lack in the flavor department.  It’s heavy and dense as raisin breads tend to be. My boyfriend had a few pieces toasted and he also enjoyed it.  He actually planted a seed in my brain by saying “this would be really good as French toast.”
1 slice is 1 points plus value, whereas 2 slices is 3 points plus values. It was pricey (at least in my opinion) for bread – my local grocery store had the loaf priced at $3.  But was it worth it? Yes, yes it was.
Do you like raisin bread or muffins?

Zeppy’s Ciabatta Bread – Everything

My love for ciabatta bread began during my college days.  I’d order a grilled chicken sandwich on ciabatta with cheese, barbecue sauce, hot peppers, onion, lettuce and tomato.  Delicious!  Not so “healthy” (especially when eating it with the abundance of chips provided on the side of it) but it was one of my staples during college.
I spotted these Zeppy’s Ciabatta Artisan Breads in Everything flavor at my local grocery store.  I was surprised at how large they were, so I had to flip over the pack and check out the nutrition facts.  To my surprise a whole ciabatta was one serving.  They are thinner than regular ciabatta bread but these are delicious, plus they come in different flavors.  They remind me of a cross between a bagel, a flat bread and a ciabatta bread.  Quite unique and I prefer it toasted in the toaster oven.
Since I do like to see volume on my plate, these breads do really psych out your mind.  I felt as though I was getting this gigantic sandwich, when in reality my sandwich was 6-8 points plus values (including all toppings, etc.).  The breads on their own are 4 points plus values.
Have you tried any of the Zeppy’s brand products?

Trader Joe’s Multigrain Slims

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I am a self proclaimed carb-a-holic.  I love bread particularly bread straight out of the oven.  But since I try to limit my intake of certain types of bread (particularly warm sticks of bread) I’m always on a mission to find a new flavor/type of bread that’s unique, different and low in points plus values.
When Arnold’s came out with their flat breads I was sold. I used them for sandwiches, I used them as replacements for hamburger/hot dog buns and I even made grilled cheese sandwiches on them.  So while at Trader Joe’s, I spotted their Trader Joe’s Multigrain Slims AND they were a point plus value LESS than the Arnold’s brand.  Sold!
If you’re familiar with the Arnold’s flat breads, then these taste exactly the same (like a thin multigrain bread). The thickness it the same, they don’t taste any different and they’re only 2 points plus values!
One thing to keep in mind is Trader Joe’s breads typically do not contain preservatives so they tend to go bad (mold) quickly, so I wouldn’t suggest stocking up on these unless you plan on possibly freezing a pack.  Otherwise, they are delicious.  I stored mine on the counter top and they were good for the week.