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Nature’s Pride Bread tasting

September 29th, 2009 · 19 Comments · breakfast, dessert, eggs, product reviews, snacks, turkey

Since we moved into our new condo, I’ve been sending all of my packages to work. I feel a little funny doing it, but otherwise it becomes a game of chasing packages on weekends and that’s just no fun.  Do any of you do this or am I the only weird one? 😉 I think the mailmen at my work are going to start talking about me soon, because I’ve been a popular girl lately. Yesterday a big box full of bread was delivered to my cube at work. I had to giggle a little 😆

The bread was from Nature’s Pride Bread and I received it through participation in Foodbuzz’s Tastemaker program. Taste testing is definitely one of my favorite things! Here are the two loaves – 100% whole wheat and 12 grain. All the breads are 100% natural with no artificial ingredients, no HFCS, no trans fat, etc. Perfect!


I dug into the whole wheat loaf first thing in the morning. This kind of soft bread is perfect for french toast for breakfast and as I found out today for egg in the hole! I had my lovely egg in the hole with some mascadine grapes + regular organic red grapes. Sweet grapes + egg and toast are a heavenly combo. The whole wheat bread was also so delicious. Very soft and flavorful, not rubbery at all like whole wheat breads sometimes are. I’d say it’s a whole wheat bread for whole wheat bread haters! *I’m going to test this theory on Adam soon.*


Mmm, egg in a hole. Yum!


Mid-morning snack revolved around another slice of Nature’s Pride bread – this time the 12 grain kind. There are little seeds inside the bread. Again, the bread was very soft with great texture and a touch of sweetness. I toasted it a bit, slathered it with a light laughing cow wedge and topped it with some more organic red grapes. Wow, what an awesome snack! Sweet (grapes) + savory (cheese) = satisfied Elina :mrgreen:


This snack also perfectly fueled me though a bootcamp style workout. Coco joined me for the class today and I thought she was going to kill me at some point. We did the usual interval training for a while (alternating between weights and cardio for 1 minute) and then the instructor told us to put everything away and we started doing team sprints from one end of the studio to another. Wholly cow. I was sweating buckets, and kind of felt like I was back in high school… except this time I think I was in a better shape 😉 Thankfully Coco was a trooper and said she liked it overall. This was definitely quite the class to try out for the first time at my gym. We didn’t ease her into it at all 😀

Lunch: leftover cheddar crusted salmon with sweet roasted broccoli + heirloom grape tomatoes


Mid-afternoon snack: Heart Thrive apricot bar (reused pic)


This cookie bar sat like a rock in my stomach all afternoon. I was happy it did because it made a cupboard full of treats or worse, a trip to the bakery, that much easier to resist. Yeah, work got MEGA stressful again, and my instincts are to eat. I am NOT giving in. I will fuel my body the right way!!

After a 10-hour work day, I had absolutely zero desire to cook dinner. Luckily a newsletter from b.good with a special buy one/get one free offer made dinner an obvious choice. I got the b.good turkey burger: caramelized onions, mushrooms, garlicky greens, steak sauce (sans the onions of course!) and stole a few baked fries from Adam.



These pictures do not do this fabulous burger justice!! It was SO juicy and flavorful. The garlicky sauteed spinach and mushrooms were seriously incredible. I kept on saying how much this dinner rocked the entire time we were eating. Adam enjoyed his “usual” – beef el guapo. I’m adding the “b.good burger” to my rotation at b.good (current other favorites: southwestern chicken salad and the turkey el guapo).

Dinner without dessert? Not on this blog! I had a small slice of the chocolate fudge cheesecake when we got back home. Yeah, that’s how you end a night of perfectly delicious eats! 😀


Do you have a favorite bread brand? I used to be obsessed with Ezekiel bread but now am not a fan for some reason (despite still LOVING their english muffins). There is also a Whole Foods organic spelt bread that I enjoy and of course a good crusty baguette on occasion cannot be beat.  For a soft bread I haven’t found “the one” yet. Nature’s Pride Bread could become just that very soon. I was seriously impressed!!! 😀

Oh, how could I almost forget… if you haven’t already, go enter my Lazy Baker cookie mix giveaway!!

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19 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - angieinatlanta

    Grapes + Cheese + Bread = Genius! Thanks for the snack idea!

    I love your love of desserts! You’re a girl after my own heart!

  • #2 - Lori

    I got some of the Nature’s Pride bread as well and made french toast with it! Yum!

    It’s quite good bread. My favorite is a local baker, though.

  • #3 - Julie

    That’s definitely my favorite B.Good burger. Good call. Oh, now I need one soon….

  • #4 - Shannon

    oh my, that snack looks awesome, i’ll have to try it b/c i have both laughing cow and grapes in my fridge! hopefully i’ll be finished up at work soon…

  • #5 - Coco

    Although I was about to die today, I had a blast!!! All the people at the gym are so nice compared to the old one I was at!!! I’m stoked to have you as my workout buddy. You can motivate me haha.
    That be.good burger sounds amazing. I’ve always wanted to try that place. I’ll keep it in mind!

  • #6 - Kirsten

    That burger does look good! I haven’t been to bgood for years but looks like I need to check it out. There is one insanely close to my office.

  • #7 - Lauren

    I received the Nature’s Pride bread yesterday, and am impressed with the whole wheat… I”m sure I’ll like the 12 grain as well.

    Grapes + cheese = match made in heaven! I love sweet & savory flavors together.

    I STILL haven’t been to b. good since returning to Boston. I must go soon!

  • #8 - Elina

    Angie – life is just sweeter with a little more dessert 😉

    Lori – I’m definitely making french toast with the bread this weekend! Can’t wait :)

    Julie – go get one!!!! Mmm, so good! 😀

    Shannon – I know you’ll love this combo. So yummy 😀

    Coco – yay, I’m so glad you don’t hate me. LOL. The people at the gym ARE really nice. I’m excited to have a new gym buddy too. 😀

    Kirsten and Lauren – maybe we should have a little field trip to b.good. You girls need to become addicts like me. Haha. 😆

  • #9 - Nicole (dishin')

    I’m a big fan of the Pepperidge Farm whole wheat. It’s all natural, made without HFCS. That turkey burger looks awesome!

  • #10 - Madeline @ GreensandJeans

    Sometimes I’m just not on a “bread kick.” Right now I’m doing tortillas and sandwich thins a lot, but when I am all about the bread I love Ezekial!

  • #11 - Kelly

    I got that sample as well so I am curious to try. I was VERY excited to see it had no HFCS because I realized I forgot to look that up before ordering it and wouldn’t have enjoyed eating it if it did. I tend to prefer bakery bread, particularly the whole grain kinds loaded with nuts and seeds. Great Harvest used to be my favorite but the location I went to closed.

  • #12 - 24carrot

    I get everything sent to work. And, yes the mailman thinks I am crazy.

  • #13 - Allison (Balance in Bites)

    Hey! Another Boston blogger! I live in Cambridge. =)

    I still haven’t made it over to B. Good. I hear awesome things about it though…. I gotta check it out soon!

  • #14 - sister inna

    ommaigaad that egg in a hole looks really delicious. reminds me of the movie V for vendetta when stephen fry was making it ( illegaly b/c he was using REAL butter haha), and i remember drooling in the movie theater.
    that cake looks so good too

  • #15 - Elina

    Nicole – I wonder if I’ve had that bread before. I’ll look out for it. Always good to try new things and compare nutritional info, etc.

    Madeline – I think this bread has put me in a “bread kick”! I want it for every snack and meal. Bad!! 😉

    Kelly – I was really happy about the same thing. I just signed up and then was crossing my fingers that they wouldn’t send me some junk. Good thing it’s delicious natural bread. Phew! Bakery breads are definitely the best!!

    24carrot – good to know I’m not the only one!! 😀

    Allison – I love finding new Boston bloggers. We should meet sometime :) Oh and there is a b.good in Harvard Sq – you should check it out!!

    Innz- Really? I’ve never seen this in a movie. The egg in a hole was quite delicious. I highly recommend it.

  • #16 - One Healthy Apple

    I’m doing the same thing with my hubby. He will be my taste tester and let me know how it goes. I haven’t sent anything to work because of my commute, but you gave me some ideas now!

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