Tips for Reaping the Benefits of Whole Grains
Here's how to select whole-grain foods and fit the recommended servings into your eating plan.
Whole Grains and Fiber continued...
Enjoy a sandwich at lunch with two slices of whole-grain bread and you are
two-thirds of the way toward meeting your goal. What could be easier than
eating air-popped popcorn as a snack?
Step out of the comfort zone and experiment with unusual grains.
WebMD's "Recipe Doctor" Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, likes to blend
whole-wheat flour with all-purpose flour to boost the whole-grain content of
her baked goods.
"Start where you are, find a whole-wheat or whole-grain bread or cereal
that you like. Then work your way into new adventures. Whole grains taste and
feel different to the mouth, and therefore it takes time to adjust to these new
grains," advises Magee.
Other ideas from Magee include: Add barley to canned soup, and then boil to
cook the barley; or try blended pastas that contain a mix of whole and refined
grains. Cook up a batch of brown rice, eat it at dinner, and use the leftovers
to add some pizzazz to yogurt, or mix it with vegetables for a vegetarian snack
or lunch. Visit your local health food market and try your hand at some of the
less familiar whole grains available.
Whole Grains on the Rise
Slowly but surely, restaurants and food manufacturers are responding to the
demand for more whole-grain products.
Visit PF Chang's and you will be delighted to see brown rice as an option at
this oriental restaurant chain. Mission whole-wheat tortillas are flying off
the shelf, according to the company. Kraft Foods recently unveiled its South
Beach line of foods including pizzas made on whole- wheat crusts, whole-grain
cereals, and refrigerated sandwich wraps on whole-wheat tortillas. As the trend
continues, it will make it easier for consumers to enjoy at least three
servings a day of whole-grain goodness.