I love bread. So it’s a good thing that I have a lot of it on hand right now.

More than I actually know what to do with, in fact.

And it’s a good thing that all of said bread is organic, all natural, and made with high quality ingredients. Because if I’m gonna eat a lot of something, it better be good. It better be good for me and taste good too.

Thanks to One Degree, who kindly sent me samples, all week I’ve been sampling their ‘Veganic’ breads, which I was introduced to at Food Fete, and I’m slowly but surely falling in love with one of my new favorite food products.

There are four different types of Veganic bread. Ancient Whole Wheat, Lentil Grain, Flax and Spelt, and Sesame Sunflower.

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As you can probably tell from their names, aside from the traditional whole wheat variety, these aren’t your typical, everyday kinds of breads. And not just because they’re made with alternative ingredients like spelt flour, lentils, and flax. For me, what really sets these breads apart form all the other packaged bread products you’d find on a grocery store shelf is the fact that none of them have any unnecessary added ingredients. In fact, all have only nine ingredients or less.

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Exhibit B:

I’ve talked about this before, but it absolutely drives me crazy when I go to grab a loaf of whole wheat or whole grain bread at the grocery store only to flip the package over to read the ingredients list and find things like high fructose corn syrup, vegetable oils, diglycerides, soy lecithin, and azodicarbonamide. I don’t want to eat any of that processed stuff. But I do want to eat bread.

In a perfect world, I’d have time to make my own bread all of the time. And if I made my own bread, I wouldn’t go out of my way to put a bunch of crazy preservatives and processed chemical additives in it, or use ingredients that aren’t typically used to make bread. (Cough, high fructose corn syrup, cough!) So why do so many companies continue to do so?! I get that some of these things are needed to preserve shelf life. But come on, if One Degree can make quality bread without them, then I don’t see why everyone else can’t too. I’m seriously ecstatic that they have proven it is possible to package great tasting, truly all-natural bread, because I have yet to find another brand with such high quality, healthy standards.

{Over Easy Egg Sandwich on Lentil Grain}

What also sets the Veganic line apart from other breads, is the fact that all of the ingredients used are organic, which personally isn’t one of my top concerns when it comes to bread, but it is nice to know even that much more care went into making the product.

And one more thing that really thrills me about One Degree and Veganic is their iPhone app. (Search “one degree” in the app store.) You can use it to scan any of their products and it will go on to tell you exactly where each ingredient used to make it came from. Like, all the way back to the exact farm, with the picture and name of the farmer who farmed it.

Being that we hardly ever really know where our food is coming from, I think that’s huge! I think that if before deciding to consume something we all stopped to think, “Where did this come from? And how much has it been processed from its original, natural state?” we’d begin to see an even bigger shift towards healthier eating. Not only because we might be more inclined to ditch highly processed products, but also because we’d simply just have a better connection to and relationship with our food.

{Feta and Gruyere Grilled Cheese on Ancient Whole Wheat }

So, as you can see from all these photos I’ve pulled from my Instagram page, I’ve really been enjoying each of the different bread varieties. I guess this might be obvious, but the Ancient Whole Wheat tastes the most like a typical and familiar bread, while I found the Sunflower Sesame variety to be the most grainy and least bread like. The taste and texture reminds me of Ezekiel bread, which is also very grainy and void of wheat. So for those who are picky about their bread (I’m thinking about people like my mom who are all, “Ew, I hate whole grains in my bread.”), I recommend the Ancient Whole Wheat or the Flax and Spelt variety.

I’m in love with all four types though, and am finding each to be awesome sandwich-making breads.

Totally Hungry Runner approved!

{Greek ‘Salad’ Sandwich on Sesame Sunflower}

As I’ve been posting about One Degree on my Instagram feed quite frequently over the past few days, many readers have been asking about where they can buy the Veganic Breads. You can find out if it’s sold near you using the location link on One Degree’s website. It’s mostly only available at specialty health food stores right now, but hopefully will be more widely distributed soon! :)

And since it might be hard for you to find near you, I’m going to giveaway a Veganic Bread Prize Pack to one lucky Hungry Reader! (Prize will include a sampling of one loaf in each of One Degree’s Veganic bread flavors. Four loaves in total!)

There are two possible ways you can enter to win, so you can enter up to two times! Here’s how:

Entry method 1:

1.) Follow me on Instagram. (You must be following me in order to win.)

2.) Re-post the image below to your Instagram account. (The easiest way to do this will be to use your phone to find where I’ve posted it on my Instagram page, take a screenshot, and then re-upload it to your Instagram page. There are also “re-post” apps that you can download in the iTunes app store that will allow you to re-post the image using the app. Either way is acceptable.)

3.) When you post the photo, make sure you tag @hungryrunner and @onedegreeorganics! If you do not tag both, you will not be entered.

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Entry method number 2:

1.) Leave a comment below letting me know which Veganic Bread variety you’d like to try most and why!

Got it? OK, good!

You have until Monday May 20th at 12PM to enter and this giveaway is open to residents of the United States only.

Good luck :)

Update!

And the winner is…

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Congrats Sarah! And thanks to everyone who participated :)

More giveaways coming soon!