I view bread thusly: it is the ideal vehicle for getting loads of healthy fats into your children quickly, easily and with no fuss!
We don’t eat a lot of bread in our home, about two loaves per week for a family of five. But, when bread is served, it is loaded with healthy fats to the point where the calories in the bread are far exceeded by the healthy fats it is topped with!
One particular fave in my home is garlic bread with dinner. I’ve found that garlic bread goes with just about any dish even those you might scratch your head about like fish.
When garlic bread is served with dinner, one slice per person is usually plenty as it is so filling the way I make it with about 2-3 Tbl of brain and body building traditional fats baked right in. As a bonus, it is unlikely anyone will want dessert after eating this garlic bread due to the satiating and blood sugar steadying effect of consuming adequate amounts of healthy fats with a meal.
When fresh garlic cloves are used, this enhances the nutritional value of this side dish even further as garlic packs a powerful anti-oxidant punch and boosts the immune system too.
My current favorite bread to use as the base is a millet/rice sourdough from a local Mediterranean bakery. It is simply divine and every member of our family loves it.
Some children have texture issues with butter when they are young, so if this is the case in your home, solve the problem by incorporating garlic bread into your family dinners as it fits the menu. If garlic makes the flavor too strong, you can omit it as this recipe is delicious even without the garlic topping.
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Ultimate Garlic Bread Recipe
6 slices healthy bread of choice (I currently use a millet/rice sourdough from a local bakery)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 organic garlic cloves, minced
Melt the butter on low heat on the stove in a pan. After the butter is melted, add the olive oil and mix well. Using a basting brush, slather on the oil mixture generously onto the 6 slices of bread until the entire cup of fat is used.
Spread one clove’s worth of minced garlic onto the each slice.
Bake at 350F until crispy but not browned – about 15 minutes.
Serve immediately as a side dish or break into pieces to use as healthy croutons for salads. Refrigerate leftovers and rewarm in a toaster oven as needed.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist