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Category : Healthy Eating

>Getting the Whole (Grain) Picture…tips from the ADA

Look at any healthy eating plan, and you will see whole grains as a staple ingredient. Whole grains are important sources of fiber, phytonutrients and key vitamins and minerals.

Your goal should be to eat at least three whole-grain servings per day. Venture beyond white pasta and rice and you’ll discover whole grains are easy to cook and incorporate into your favorite dishes.

•Add cooked grains to stews, soups and vegetable salads.

•Start the day with hot breakfast cereal with warm milk, chopped fresh seasonal fruits and flavorings like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and maple extract.

•Create a side dish pilaf by sautéing vegetables in a small amount of olive oil and adding cooked whole grains.

•Marinate cooked grains with salad dressings and sprinkle or toss into main course salads.

While most grains can be cooked on the stovetop using two parts water to one part grain, you may need slightly more water for drier grains like millet, quinoa and amaranth.

For more information on creating a healthy eating plan, visit the Vitamins and Nutrients section of this site.

P.S. from xo fitness:
Ask us for a list of our favorite whole grains…don’t be misled by labels claiming to be whole wheat!