Super-super Whole Grains {nutrition tips}

27 Apr

Organized PantryNo doubt you’ve been hearing for at least half your life how good whole grains are for you.  If you happen to live in the woodwork and missed nutrition 101, let me explain.  A whole grain is literally medicine for your heart, your organs, your waist line and your mood.  Yep, you heard me correctly.  Real whole grains are literally that fantastical.  Without getting all science-y on you, whole grains: (1) lower your bad (LDL) AND total cholesterol while raising your good (HDL) cholesterol; (2) have fiber to fill you up (so you’ll eat less); (3) are low on the glycemic index, keeping your blood sugar (and moods) stabilized; and (4) have been implicated in LOWERING risk for diet-based western diseases (think heart, cancer and diabetes).  That’s a mouthful.  Now open up your mouth and eat some.

This all sounds great, you say, but what the heck are whole grains!?  Let me illuminate: Grains in their whole form come as steel cut or rolled oats, brown/wild/brown basmati rice, barley, bulgur, quinoa and popcorn.  Aim for 1 cup/day of the whole stuff.  When I say “whole” I don’t mean PROCESSED whole grains.  Notice how even “whole grain” breads and pastas don’t make the cut on my list.  (Those whole grains are first milled down into flour; also good for you, but not a superfood like their whole grain ancestors).

So, go ahead.  Have some whole grains today and start feeling (and looking!) better.

Here are a few recipes to get your whole grain party started:

Middle-eastern Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Wheat Berry Salad with Arugula, Goat Cheese & Green Olives

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Spring Quinoa with Asparagus & Feta

Butternut Squash Barley Risotto

Ten Minute Asparagus & Rrown Rice

Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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