How do I eat more whole grains?
This is the eve of the New Year, 2009. One of the resolutions for many people is to eat more healthy and take charge of thier nutrition. Today I was asked a very simple (yet also could get confusing) question: How do I eat more whole grains?
The FDA has said to make at least half of your grain choices 'whole grains'. This is certainly good advice to follow, but why stop there? Why not make MOST of your grain choices whole grains? Many people don't know where to start. Let me give you some ideas:
1. Eat brown rice (not par boiled) instead of white rice
2. Eat only whole wheat bread (or at best home mill your flour from the whole fresh grain!!)
3. Whole rolled oats (also known as 'old fashioned') are a whole grain. Choose them over instant.
4. Ditch the pancake and muffin mixes and use at LEAST half whole wheat for the flour
(again home milling means you can use ALL whole grain flour) - see a video I did on 'Make a-head Muffins" here.
These are just a few suggestions to get started. Once your diet starts to include more whole grains, you will find more ways everywhere to add them to your menu! Don't forget the POPCORN!