Hide the whole grain!!
It may seem strange to some people who are used to using whole grains, but there really are people who are squeamish about eating whole grains. Yes, to them they think you will be chewing tree bark or swallowing saw dust. But there is hope if you wish to introduce those whole grains to your nervous family members, because you love them and really do know what's good for them.
Hide them in other things!
They are still whole grains, just hidden in some very unsuspecting treats! Here are some suggestions:
Whole grain bread that did not get eaten can be used as the bread crumbs for meat loaf, hide them by making croutons out of them, and french toast is always good as a hidden whole grain treat .
Whole oats have huge potential for hiding in regular recipes! If they are cooked, use them in muffins as part of the mixture (see an earlier post for specifics). If they are raw you can also replace bread crumbs in meat loaf with whole grain oats. Whole grain oats are great in oatmeal cookies and add a crunch to your 'strussle' topping on cobblers or pies.
Whole barley is always great hidden in soups and stews.
Rice is a whole grain and brown long grain rice is great for stuffing tomatoes (add your favorite meats, spices and sauces) and for making fried rice with little effort.
If you can learn to hide these whole grains in every day dishes, your family will be the healthier for it and no one will worry that you are feeding them 'tree bark.' They will happily eat and be the healthier for it!