I’m not quite sure why, but I haven’t ate bread in months! Maybe it’s because a lot of breads contain milk and egg, and vegan bread is hard to find. Also maybe because most breads are made from wheat and it’s not the healthiest option on my tummy. BUT LATELY, I’ve been having sourdough bread sandwiches. So what is sourdough bread and why is it good for us, unlike most breads?
Sourdough bread is just made from bread flour and sourdough starter, which is: warm water, active dry yeast, sugar, and all purpose flour.
2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 cups sourdough starter, recipe follows:
3/4 teaspoon salt
Basic Sourdough Starter:
3 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
Sourdough is more digestible than standard loaves and more nutritious too. Lactic acids make the vitamins and minerals in the flour more available to the body by helping neutralise the phytates in flour that would interfere with their absorption. The acids slow down the rate at which glucose is released into the blood-stream and lower the bread’s glycaemic index (GI), so it doesn’t cause undesirable spikes in insulin. They also render the gluten in flour more digestible and less likely to cause food intolerance.
So now that we’re educated, onto the good stuff….
- 2 slices of sourdough bread
- black olives
- You can either have the sandwich toasted or not (both taste amazing.) Spread some hummus onto one side, then (optional) mash an avocado and spread that on the other half.
- Add on your lettuce or spinach, the cut up all the veggies you want and add them on.
- Finally, I like to add a bit of mustard onto mine as I find it adds a delightful taste.
- And that's all!
- You can really add whatever vegetables you'd like. I chose these ones because they all go so well together with the bread, and the mustard just gives it extra flavour! But feel free to experiment however you'd like.