Hi! Happy Sunday, peeps! How’s your weekend going?
Okay, so I get questions from readers all the time asking about my choice of whole-grain ingredients, so I thought hey! Maybe I should put together a post and spill all my secrets and favorite recipes. Today is the day!
Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian or professional in the field of nutrition. This post simply expresses my personal opinion based on experience for the best way to incorporate more healthy grains into your everyday life.
Feel free to weigh in on your favorite ways to eat whole grains in the comments! I’m always looking for new and different ways to get my grain-fix. 😉
Here we go.
1. Use whole wheat OR white whole wheat flour in place of all-purpose. Although I love whole wheat flour, I will confess that I don’t use it too often ever since I was introduced to white whole wheat flour. What’s the difference between the two?
Whole wheat flour is produced from the red wheat berries and therefore gives a more of a grain-y, rustic flavor. This is ideal for some recipes, but for other recipes where you’re looking for that fine, soft texture, white whole wheat flour is the way to go. WWWF is produced from the white wheat berry which results in a finer texture which is perfect for baking sandwich breads, cakes, cookies, ect.
A few of my personal favorite recipes using these flours….
- Birthday Chocolate Sheet Cake
- Flakiest Buttermilk Biscuits
- Homemade Multi-Grain Sandwich Bread
- Fluffiest-Ever Buttermilk Pancakes
2. Put more oats into your diet. All that talk you hear about oats being super-good for you isn’t just rumors. Oats have proven to be VERY beneficial to your health, they’re very filling, and there are a number of ways you can put them into your everyday diet!
- In your smoothie. For.real.
- Toss ’em in your pancakes for a rustic touch. Oh, and add chocolate chips too just to balance everything out. 😉
- Steel-cut oats! I pretty much swear by this recipe.
- Cookies. Because, um just YES.
- Granola. Homemade OR storebought are both good choices as long as storebought has clean ingredients. I highly recommend KIND granola as a storebought choice simply because nearly all of their ingredients are clean, plus they have about a million-and-one fun flavors to choose from! Perfect for a quickie breakfast and ideal for a pick-me-up snack.
If you’re feeling adventurous and have a little extra time on your hands, you should totally try this homemade granola. It’s seriously the best.thing.ever.
3. In place of short-grain white rice, try brown rice or quinoa instead. Call me biased, but I actually prefer either brown rice or quinoa over white rice. I’ve noticed that it actually makes you feel GOOD after eating either of these, plus it keeps you satisfied much longer.
Here are several of my favorite recipes using brown rice and quinoa. P.S. The chili is my FAV.
4. Try whole wheat pasta, rather than white. A lot of people think that it’s a bummer to have to eat whole wheat pasta, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not! There are literally SO many pasta companies out there now that make amazing whole wheat pastas that, in my opinion, taste even better than white pasta! My #1 favorite brand is Bella Terra Organic . That stuff ROCKS.
My favorite pasta recipes that just so happen to use whole wheat pasta. You would never know it!
- Healthy Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese
- Italian Wedding Soup (super-popular!)
- 20-Minute Spaghetti Carbonara
- Skillet Cheesy Beef Ziti (super-popular!)
5. Corn is so much healthier than you would think. It really is and there are so many things you can sneak it into. It’s rich in good-for-you calories, high in fiber, and loaded with tons of vitamins. No guilt for that extra-large bowl of weekend popcorn anymore!
Here’s MY favorite ways to eat all the corn….
- This cornbread. (drool)
- This kicked-up cornbread. (squeal!)
- Chocolate-covered popcorn. (GAH)
- Grilled corn-on-the-cob. Is it summer yet??
6. Wheat bran (or wheat germ) is MAGICAL! It really is. I loooove this stuff and buy it in bulk so that I always have some on hand. You can put it in SO many things and it has so many amazing heart-healthy benefits.
A few of my personal favorite things to add wheat bran to…
- Granola bars. It adds a really nice nuttiness and I love the boost of nutrients it gives them!
- Homemade granola or oatmeal. Just toss in a tablespoon or two!
- Breaded chicken nuggets. Just a few tablespoons of wheat bran added to your flour breading, will transform your chicken nuggets into crispy, nutty heaven!
- Toppings. Streusels, crumb toppings, ect. Yeee-um.
Q: Any other ways you like to incorporate whole grains into your diet? I’m all ears!
This post was sponsored by KIND Snacks, however all opinions are 100% my own.