This September is Whole Grains Month, a time to encourage your family and community to eat more whole grains. Grains provide the fiber and nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy. And people who eat whole grains as part of a healthy diet are at lower risk for some chronic diseases.
What are whole grains?
Whole grains refer to grains that have all of the parts of the grain seed. They are more nutritious than “refined" grains, which are whole grains that are processed and stripped of dietary fiber and other important nutrients.
Tips to help you eat more whole grains:
- Eat whole-wheat bread instead of white bread or brown rice instead of white rice.
- Use whole grains in mixed dishes, such as barley in vegetable soup or stews and bulgur wheat in casserole or stir-fries.
- Create a whole grain pilaf with a mixture of barley, wild rice, brown rice, broth, and spices. For a special touch, stir in toasted nuts or chopped dried fruit.
- Use whole-grain bread or cracker crumbs in meatloaf.
- Try rolled oats or a crushed, unsweetened whole grain cereal as breading for baked chicken, fish, veal cutlets, or eggplant parmesan.
- Freeze leftover cooked brown rice, bulgur, or barley. Heat and serve it later as a quick side dish.
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