Go for the Grains!

Layne Arceneaux-Langley  |  12/20/2017 3:33:26 PM

Go for the Grains!

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ve come to understand why it is so important to include grains, especially whole grains, in your diet. By eating whole grains as part of a healthy diet, there is a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Grains also provide nutrients that are vital for the health and maintenance of our bodies.

Here are some easy ways to add whole grains to your diet:

-Substitute half the white flour with whole wheat flour in your regular recipes for cookies, muffins, quick breads and pancakes.

-Replace one third of the flour in a recipe with quick oats or old-fashioned oats.

-Use whole corn meal for corn cakes, corn breads and corn muffins.

-Add three-quarters of a cup of uncooked oats for each pound of ground beef or turkey when you make meatballs, burgers or meatloaf.

-Stir a handful of oats in your yogurt for quick crunch with no cooking necessary.

-Buy whole-grain pasta or one of the blends that is part whole-grain, part white.

-Try whole-grain breads. Kids especially like whole-grain pita bread.

Sources: Smart Choices Lesson 11, Smart Choices Newsletter- Whole Grains for Better Health, www.wholegrainscouncil.org , and www.choosemyplate.gov

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