I have a long history of being a frugal substituter in the food area. I am always looking to try cheaper off-brands and try to substitute them to my family who dislikes change. In recent years I have also begun to look for foods with more nutritional value for close to the same price. I have had some failures and some wonderful finds. I consider myself to be the “Frugal Nutrition Substituter”. I enjoy going to the Sara Lee Bakery Outlet Store in Fort Dodge, Iowa and seeing what I can find. I recently found the Sara Lee Soft and Smooth Plus bread. It is made with DHA Omega-3 and is considered to be “Whole Grain White” bread. I found this one the $1.00 shelf (meaning it only has 1 or 2 days left before the expiration date on the package).
The package has the Sara Lee logo on a mostly white package. There are some blue out lines and letters. This includes a child’s head profile with the brain in blue also. I believe this is to imply this bread will help your child in health and in intelligence. I also discovered the green nutrition spotlight area. In this area it told me that a serving was considered to be 2 slices. This would be 150 calories, 2 grams of fat, 190 mg of salt, and 4 grams of sugar, it also said that it has 10% of the recommended folic acid and is 10% whole grain. I looked in the smaller print and found a serving has 6 grams of protein, 28 grams of carbs. and 2 grams of dietary fiber. This seemed pretty good to me if my family would eat it and not even notice that they were being “HEALTHY”.
When I got it home and opened the package I noticed that it definitely looked like “white bread”. It was not the darker color or rougher texture of wheat or whole grain breads that I have unsuccessfully tried to pass off to my family in the past. However, it was not as soft as the bread we usually get. It was less pliant and seemed a bit drier. I tried serving it in a sandwich to my husband and was immediately caught and called on for substituting again. They did finish the loaf, but it was not a favorite. It had a good shelf life and did not change in consistency, smell, and did not go moldy even after the expiration date. I wondered if it was drier because of the closeness to the expiration date, so I tried another loaf again a week later. It also had the same consistency. I used that one mostly for toast and grilled sandwiches, and no one in my house was the wiser.
In summary, this bread does seem to try to be healthier than the regular white bread. I am not convinced that being 10 % whole grain will make a big difference overall. My family did finish the loaves that I bought and they can be very picky at times. If your family likes the very soft bread and this one may not be for you, but if you want to try to improve your family’s nutrition in low cost ways one step at a time it may be worth a chance. At the low price I found it for you can’t go too wrong. I will keep my eye out and continue to be the Frugal Nutrition Substituter for my family.