I made my first order from Julian Bakery and tried the Smart Carb 1 bread not too terribly long ago while trying to find a soy-free bread for my kids (soy is in almost all breads.. really, next time you’re in the bread aisle, take a gander.. then imagine your 2 and 4 year old allergic to it..). I fell in love with the Smart Carb 1 bread and decided to give this bread a try on my next order. (For the record, my kids decided on the Manna from Heaven bread.. also low carb at 2 net carbs. They like it best with a new Jif that’s on the market with no Soy oil in it.) It should also be noted that my “I don’t do diets” hubby will eat the Smart Carb 1 bread. I don’t know if it’s ’cause he has no other choice and he’s starving or what.. but my stash is getting decidedly smaller. I’m not repentant that he is eating healthier bread.
The sniff test gives you a distinct smell of cinnamon and even some of the raisin. It’s not overpowering, but nice and subtle. I like it. It’s enough to know it’s there without knocking you over and hitting you in the head with artificial flavoring. Toasting brings it out a bit more, of course. I’ve found that these take a bit longer to toast than standard bread. And I like these a bit more toasted than regular bread. They can get a bit crumbly, but not horribly so.
It’s a great taste with just a touch of sweetness. This is NOT a dessert bread, though. It’s not sugary sweet at all. I got a few raisins in this slice, a few bites of almond (although not much), and just a bit of the cinnamon spice on my tongue. It’s not as chewy as the Smart Carb 1 bread, but it’s still very, very good. I like it as it adds a bit of variety to a morning routine of toast with coffee or tea. A nice change of pace without breaking your caloric bank (and getting some good protein and fiber!!! FIBER!) at the same time.
Stats are impressive for this being BREAD:
14g protein, 13g fiber, 2g net carbs? All for 125 calories?
There are only two major cons that I see for this bread.
- It’s not cheap. A loaf, like the Smart Carb 1 bread, runs you $7.99, which gives you about 16 servings. Most bread in the local stores are quite a bit less.. but you have to remember that this is VERY special bread that has a very high protein quotient to it. I’m not looking at it as a bread as much as I’m looking at it as a protein supplement. If you look at it in that context, then it’s a very good price.
- If you don’t live close to Cali, then you have a high shipping cost to get the bread. But, if you like the bread and have a good sized freezer (like I do..) then you can order several loaves at once and save on the shipping. The company tends to run specials on their shipping (such as flat-rate shipping over 6 loaves) and this helps quite a bit on the cost.
All-in-all, a very good bread substitute for those of us that are carb whores. I know I am and this helps to quell that beast. Adding the sweet to it just helps a bit more to satiate the sugar whore as well.
Available from Julian Bakery, $7.99 for a loaf which yields about 16 servings.