This issue is dedicated to showcasing the benefits of whole grains. Recently, the American Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate have stressed the importance of healthier eating habits. They have been promoting and reminding us all about the goodness of whole grains. Their key message is “Make at least half your grains whole.”
Thanks to this great grain comeback, many people will discover the health benefits of including whole grains into their diets. Some advantages include weight management, lowering the risk of cancer, contributing to your overall heart health and helping to control diabetes.
Here are some quick tips to help you “go with the grain”
1. Give Quaker oatmeal a try. Add nuts or delicious dried fruits to add flavor.
2. Buy breads with whole wheat flour listed as the first ingredient.
3. Sprinkle ground flaxseed or chia seeds over salads, soups, yogurt or cereals.
4. Trade up for health using whole wheat pasta or quinoa pasta.
5. Use brown rice or quinoa instead of white rice.
6. Use whole wheat tortillas for wraps, tacos and burritos.
7. When baking, substitute whole wheat or oat flour for at least half the flour in a recipe.