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What Is The Deal With Ezekiel Bread?

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock for the last few years but the first I’d heard of Ezekiel bread was seeing it on the Local Deli Menu. “What is this bread and what makes it so biblical?” I couldn’t help but ask myself. So after a bit of research, I can share some of the most important things about this quality bread, and why you should consider having it for your next Local Deli Sandwich!

What’s In A Name?

Ezekiel-Bread-PictureAs you probably guessed, the most indicative thing about Ezekiel bread is the name. It does, in fact, stem from a bible verse. “Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…” Ezekiel 4:9. I like to imagine the creators of this bread read that bible passage and just had the thought “I wonder how this bread would taste.” Turns out it tastes pretty good! The key part of this list of ingredients is that this is actually all that’s in Ezekiel bread. Many loaves you’ll find on today’s shelves contain a ton of sugar. Sure it may be worded as “high fructose corn syrup” or “honey” but we all know what it actually is. This lack of extra nonsense makes this bread actually really healthy to eat. How healthy? You’d be surprised

The Benefits Of Sprouted Seeds

No, you’re not going to suddenly find leaves in your PB&J. “Sprouting” is the process by which seeds begin the germination Sprouted Seedsprocess to turn into plants. Normally seeds are very withdrawn and hard because they are designed to not sprout until the conditions are adequate for actually growing. The biochemical process known as sprouting begins when the seeds are exposed to adequate amounts of water and a high enough temperature. When seeds sprout like this, they contain more vitamin C and up to 50% more protein! The levels of gluten also drop, which is useful for a variety of reasons. Even if you aren’t gluten intolerant or have celiac’s, the protein can be difficult to digest.

Ezekiel Bread As A Whole

There is more to this bread than just the fact that the seeds are sprouted, however. It’s healthy for you in other ways. The soybeans and lentils present in the loaf add quite a bit of protein and fiber. This bread is actually so fibrous, you’ll likely eat less throughout the day because of how full you feel. I could see Ezekiel bread as an essential part of any healthy weight loss plan.

Overall, I was very pleased to learn all of these things about Ezekiel bread. Not only do I plan on picking it up for any sandwiches or avocado toast I’d like to make at home, but it’s right here on the Local Deli Menu! I can only imagine how good some of these sandwiches are going to taste on it. I’ll keep you posted.

The Perfect Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich

Peanut Butter

Many individuals dismiss the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich as a relic of childhood. I can see their side of it, we all definitely ate a bunch as a kid. The average American child consumes 1,500 PB&J sandwiches by the time they graduate high school. Some of us never stopped, though. I’m 25 and still eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich almost every single day. I’d say 4 or 5 a week. Peanut butter is a fantastic source of protein and the simplicity with which you can make one of these bad boys is unrivaled. Peanut Butter

There are a couple of disputes within the community, though. The battle lines are often drawn when it comes to Creamy(or smooth) peanut butter vs Crunchy(or chunky). Creamy peanut butter is definitely the more popular of the two. 60% of Americans apparently prefer the smoother softer version; citing its easier spreadability on bread and lickability off spoons.

…And Jelly

The jelly is the other important half of the iconic sandwich. Who even knows the difference between a jam, a jelly, and a preserve? They’re all made of the same stuff, the only difference is the makeup of the fruit when mixed with the sugar. Jam is made with fruit juice, jelly with fruit pulp, and a preserve with basically whole fruit. It comes down to how thin/spreadable you like your J part of the PB&J.

The bread cannot be ignored if we’re to have this discussion in full. It often is, though. I, myself, have not done too much experimentation in this arena. Simple wheat bread had done the trick for me for decades. Some prefer it white or prefer it toasted. At the Local Deli, the Adult PB&J comes on sourdough and it’s honestly delicious. Sourdough is personally never something I’d have thought of for a PB&J option but now I don’t know why I’d try it on anything else. If you’re not in the mood for the old childhood classic, we’ve got plenty of options. Come give one a shot!

Robbin the Reuben

While reading about sandwiches in my free time (we all do that, right?) I came across some interesting information. Apparently, the origin of the Reuben sandwich was under hot debate for a bit, and still may be.

I personally love food, even more, when it’s got a nice history behind it. The rhetoric I’ve heard for years describes the tasty sandwich as a Jewish creation from the streets of New York. Apparently, there exists another claim to the throne.

In This Corner…

This story starts with Arnold Reuben; founder and owner of Reuben’s Restaurant and Delicatessen in The Big Apple. In 1914 one of Charlie Chaplain’s leading ladies strolled into his restaurant asking for a large, custom sandwich. Annette Seelos was so hungry she could “eat a brick.” He made her ham, turkey, swiss, coleslaw, and lots of Reuben’s special Russian dressing on rye.

Elements of a Reuben, sure, but not the real deal. I could see this as a progenitor, and his shop was named “Reuben’s” after all.  Recently, another side came out of Omaha, Nebraska.Reuben

Elizabeth Weil wrote in the New York Times a few years ago telling the story of her grandfather Charles Schimmel. A talented cook for one of his father’s hotels, the clientele trusted him to make up delicious food on the spot pretty often. On one particular poker night in the Blackstone Hotel, Reuben Kulakofsky called upon Schimmel to make snacks for the table. Schimmel delivered corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and rye to everyone’s delight.

Now, this one sounds like a lot more of a Reuben Sandwich. The other pretty great piece of evidence for the Omaha claim is a copy of the menu from the Plush Horse, a restaurant in the Blackstone. It’s got the sandwich itself on there, whereas there aren’t any menus to back up the New York Claim

Until things get a little bit more official than word of mouth, and we can dig up some specific menus from certain years, it looks like the Omaha claim holds a bit more weight. Who knew the Reuben came from Nebraska? Fortunately, you don’t need a plane ticket to enjoy a quality sandwich, just stop by your Local Deli today!

Local Ideal Nutrition

Staying Healthy Through Local Ideal Nutrition

Enjoying a well-rounded, nutritionally sound diet may sound daunting, but it really is simple, once you know how to choose foods that provide the most efficient and healthy fuel for your body. The tips and advice in this article can empower you to create your own healthy eating plan that meets your nutritional needs. Local Deli offers Local Ideal Nutrition that has options available for the whole family.

Local Ideal NutritionCarbs are not the enemy. Your body needs carbs to survive and by cutting them out, you can cause your organs damage or even cause them to fail. That said, there are good and bad carbohydrates. The good ones tend to be complex carbs like whole-grain and other fiber-rich foods. The Local Deli Hayden offers many different options of bread for their sandwiches as well as gluten-free choices too.

Try to eat a white meat in your diet every day. Most protein comes from animal fat and this kind provides the least amount versus red meat. You can find tasty white meat in our turkey, chicken and even tuna. Add these to items such as our sandwiches, salads, wraps, and bagels; the possibilities are endless.

Even artificial sweeteners can raise your blood sugar and insulin levels in much the same way as sugar. Although they may be lower in calories, they are not necessarily any more healthy. Instead, change on how much you depend on sweet things. Start by cutting your sugars in half and work your way to not needing them at all.

Local Ideal NutritionTo help maintain a healthy lifestyle, try to increase your consumption of vegetables. Baby carrots are a quick snack and a great source of both vitamin A and C. Fresh vegetables are best, but frozen veggies hold their nutritional values better than canned. Salads are a quick and tasty way to get healthy greens but don’t go overboard on the dressing.

It is crucial that your diet contains a sufficient amount of selenium. Selenium is one antioxidant that can keep your skin looking younger by improving tissue elasticity. It can help deal with free radicals and even protect from the effects of the sun. Some foods for you to consider are tuna, brown rice, and wheat germ.

If you are very concerned about not getting the proper amount of nutrients, supplement your diet with a quality multivitamin. There are great options at your local health store. By choosing the right multivitamin, you stand a better chance of getting all the nutrients that are needed.

Proper nutrition is truly essential, no matter your age, lifestyle or level of activity. Armed with these tips for making nutritious dietary choices, you are well on your way to maintaining a balanced diet that provides you with the energy that you need to face the day.

Stop by your Local Deli Hayden today for a delicious & nutritious meal for the whole family. If you have any questions about our menu check it out here. Or if you’re located in Rathdrum we also have a location there as well. Their website can be found here.

holiday blues

After the Holiday Blues.

holiday bluesUsually, the day after Christmas is the start of the Holiday Blues.

To much turkey?


House a mess from all the kids and presents?


A Little hung over from the new scotch from Uncle Jim?

You get the idea.

We all tend to get caught up in the glamour around Christmas and the New Year. It just seems to suck us in (thanks in part for the marketing companies totally take over of any holidays. Seriously, its a conspiracy). After all the presents are opened and the food is eaten, the house is empty again as we peacefully go to sleep. Waking up the next morning, our families are gone, and its back to the old grind.


holiday bluesHow did Christmas turn into a slightly depressing after party? We at the local deli are all about completing the celebration! The holidays are a happy time full of friends, family, and food! Just because December 25th is over, doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Here are a few tips to avoid the holiday blues this season!

  1. Send out Christmas cards. This increasingly archaic way to express heartfelt thanks to our friends is unfortunately dying out in the Smartphone age. Its too easy to text these days! Take an afternoon, brew up a fresh pot of coffee, and write some thank you notes! There are still tons of cards to choose from (check your local crafty shop), making sure your personal style will really shine through! Everybody loves receiving Christmas cards, and your friends aren’t any different!
  2. Prepare for New Year’s. Just because one party is over doesn’t mean we should ignore the next! 2017 is fit to be an awesome year! We can all make some short lived resolutions, try out some cool new recipes, and get ready to par-tay! Your friends (also avoiding the holiday blues) will be excited to come for a visit, and it will be great fun. Trust us, we know how to party 🙂
  3. Call the people that couldn’t come for Christmas. The aunt who got stuck at home this year? Give her a quick call. Even though you missed the big day, family and friends really appreciate the warm wishes especially this time of year!

We could keep going on, but mostly we just want you to avoid being sad this season! And if your feeling a bit down and out, make sure and stop in for a always hot cup of soup. We struggle with the blues too. Merry Christmas and happy new year, from The Local Deli Family!

Cold: Avoid it like a Pro!

ColdCold. It happens and when your a North Idahoan (or Idahed, we’ve heard it both ways) it is immensely difficult to avoid! There is the spattering of fun winter activists. You know the lot, skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, sledding, snowman building (a contact sport in the Deli fam) and the like. While flying down a hill at a million miles an hour, or deciding on the perfect carrot for a snowman’s nose IS fun, it loses some charm when a blistering wind accidentally blows your face off.

We hate cold.

No real way around it. Being in a lakeside (Hayden almost counts) city, we always want to be on the water. Sitting peacefully in a tube drinking some ice cold suds…it doesn’t get better! Slowly boating around the lake with the breeze in your hair? Sign us up! Summer is so warm, cozy, and delicious you can almost taste the heat.

MMMM. -Sigh-

ColdI had to go make a cup of hot chocolate. Looking outside made me cold. At The Local Deli, we strive to help you battle through the winter months with our deluxe HEATED (hot, melty, warm, inviting, toasted) sandwiches. If you haven’t been by in a while, we’ve added our Community Favorites menu that has some great hot sandwiches! We also offer several delicious soups (typically different every day) that are great for sandwich dippage, or internal heat level increases. They are also super tasty! We also make sure to crank the heat a bit to keep our customers from freezing to death. No one likes to be cold, even in a sweet deli. If you are feeling a bit depressed about the cold (and lets be real we all are) make sure and stop in for some warm food. We even promise to cheer you up with a happy smile from our staff. They all understand the hazards of life outside, and will try to brighten your day just a little bit.

Don’t freeze, eat more Local Deli. Pce

~The Local Deli Team