Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I've converted....

.....or rather, reverted.....back.....to white bread, that is. Yes, and I'll just shout out "Hallelujah" from the rooftops, because my sandwiches are good again!

I grew up on white bread. My parents still eat white bread. My healthy grandparents ate white bread their whole lives, and my good grandfather still does at a ripe age of ninety. But years ago I made the decision to fore go the refined sugar-simple carbohydrate-bleached flour in favor of more nutritious crusts of whole grain-complex carb-wheatness. I switched for the sake of nutrition, yes, and I can't say I regret it. Eating healthier is always a good thing.

But I'm glad I'm back. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches taste best on white bread, and there's nothing like a warm, melty grilled cheese sandwich on white bread. Paninis are most delicious on white, and egg salad too.

Now, I won't argue with anyone on the subject of nutrition here. I won't even argue on the basis of taste - hey, if you love dark, whole grain breads - good for you! As for me, these past few years I've tried every possible bread variety and brand that exists, whether from the grocery store or the local bakery, and all I have to say is.....well....I've already said it.

This morning I consumed pan-toasted potato bread with rosemary and raisins, topped with a hint of boysenberry preserves. Mmmm......

Life is good.

12 comments:

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

You know, taste in bread must just be a learned preference. I grew up on whole wheat (from Oroweat) and I love it. White bread, on the other hand, just tastes strange to me. Except for sourdough - I prefer that white - which is, again, how I grew up eating it!

In any case, it can't be THAT bad for you to eat white bread (as you point out, everyone used to!) so if it is really what you like, I think it is great that you are making that choice. I did the same thing a few years ago with butter - I just like it better, so health consciousness went by the wayside. :)

javajabbing said...

Thank the Good Lord for the little things, right? I delight in small pleasures as well! You are such a refreshing soul, Kristin. I'd have to agree with you on the grilled cheese on white!!! Crispy and soft... wheat just doesn't cut it!!!

turtlemama said...

I am right there with you! I love Martin's* potato bread-a little denser than some white breads. It makes awesome grilled cheese sandwiches, toast and jelly etc. We do buy and eat whole wheat varieties sometimes, so the kids are exposed to those too, but I can't help but feeling like I am eating a combination of sawdust and cardboard with most of them.

Here's to white bread!

javajabbing said...

Oops. That would be KristEn, wouldn't it? Sorry!

Kristen L. said...

Thank you for visiting, friends!

Emily, based on your comment I think I'll still serve healthier breads to the girls. They seem to like it.

Turtlemama, cheers!

Javajabbing, thank you for your kind comment, and no need to apologize. :)

Beck said...

I think that so long as you generally eat healthy, how bad can white bread be? Of course, I was raised on whole wheat and so it doesn't even occur to me to buy otherwise, but whenever I eat a sandwich on white, I always wonder why it's so GOOD.

Beth said...

So, invisible zippers are easy to install? Did you learn in a class? I am going to try to do a search online. I'd love to make some stuff with zippers! I think my sewing machine did come with a zipper foot.

Barb said...

I've tried the whole wheat breads and my darlin' husband just doesn't like them, and my kids still prefer the white too and most of the time, I do too. I'm right with you on the peanut butter and jelly and the grilled cheese. My parents have always eaten white bread and they're in their 80's. I do agree that what you grow up with probably influences your preference.
Hope you're having a beautiful, blessed day!

stephanie said...

I buy the light and fluffy air for my husband, who just doesn't like the taste of bread. I had an English teacher in high school whose favorite sandwich was iceberg lettuce, Miracle Whip, (and peanut butter) on white bread with no crusts...void of nutrition, (with the exception of the peanut butter). I, on the other hand, could probably snack on plain wheat berries.

AC Momma said...

Wonder Whole Grain White is pretty good. I agree that white bread just tastes so much better for the PB&J and grilled cheese. My kids will eat wheat and white. We tend to buy more wheat bread (so we can pretend we are being healthy), but I like to mix it up once in a while and get white bread.

Anonymous said...

I second the recommendation of whole grain white. All kinds of brands make it and it's really quite good -- and guilt free (mostly).

Rose said...

I make my own white bread. You get white bread and it's still gotta be healthier than most whole wheats filled with preservatives from the store!! :D