Eating Well With Kim: Eat More Whole Grains

By: Kim Beavers Email
By: Kim Beavers Email

Do you ever feel like you repeat yourself?

I definitely do and I bet doctors feel that way as well as nurses and for sure teachers (and parents) feel that way. Perhaps repeating ourselves is just part of life. Without further ado, here I go again.

-“Eat more whole grains!”

This may bring up another question…is there a healthiest whole grain? The short answer is no! Some grains of course are higher in one nutrient and others higher in a different nutrient (quinoa is higher in magnesium and oats are higher in manganese for example). Regardless, consuming a wide variety of whole grains for a healthy range of nutrients and taste is a great idea.

Some products claim to be “made with” Whole Grains. These products may very well, have some whole grain in them. However they are not 100% Whole Grain. Of course eating a food WITH whole grain is better than one without. Still the aim is to focus on 100% whole grain as much as possible, as these products are likely more healthy.

Use this web site is a great resource in finding whole grain information!

Bob’s Red Mill® has many products that are multi-whole grain and can be found in our local stores.

- 10-grain pancake and waffle mix (personally I love this--- (“Why should I make my own when Bob does such a good job?”). Grains include: wheat, corn flour, rye, triticale, oat, millet, barley, soy, brown rice flour and flaxseed.

- 10-grain bread mix (for bread machine or by hand) Bob is on to something here you can do this either way. I sometimes start out thinking I have time to make something homemade and oops time runs short. No problem here just use the ole bread machineJ

- Hot cereals come in 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 grain varieties

- 10 grain flour (can be used in baking). Now this one I have not found yet but I anxiously wait for it to show up in our market.

What I like about these mixes is that I don’t have to buy 5,6,7,8, or 10 types of whole grains to get this level of variety in my diet. Give one of these a try and I think you will be glad you did.

Other products:

- No other product line is really quite as good a Bob’s when it comes to whole grains (at least at the store where I shop, and no Bob does not pay me, but I do like to give credit where credit is due and point you to good products).

- Seeds of change® 7 whole grain side dish Includes seven different grains in a microwavable pouch that requires 90 seconds of your time to cook.

- Progresso soup is even getting into the mix and adding more barley soups to its product line with 6 soups now using barley. The chicken barley is the soup with the highest proportion of whole grain and the other 5 soups with barley are still better than soups using refined white noodles.

- Frozen meals are also beginning to add more whole grains. Look for Healthy Choice 100% Natural entrees and Lean Cuisine Spa Cuisine for frozen entrées with whole grain goodness.

I hope this has given you some information you can use to “shop well and eat well."

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