Whole Grain Additions to Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

You know that in order to have optimal health, you need to add whole grains and fiber to your diet.  But many whole grains look unappealing to the average consumer.  Luckily, food manufacturers have started catering to the public’s demand for better-tasting healthy fare.

You may not know it when you’re staring down a box of sugary cereal, but childhood favorites like Lucky Charms now come as a 100% whole grain food.  There are also many cookies that are also labeled as whole grain foods, including an all-time favorite – Chips Ahoy!

Since most Americans only eat one serving of whole grains per day, this is a great way to start getting the minimum recommended three servings per day with minimal suffering, provided you remain mindful of not letting it increase your sugar intake just because it’s whole grain. Ideally, you’ll also eventually want to consider healthier sugar options as well, but it’s easier to make such changes in small steps rather than trying to massively overhaul your entire life all at once.

For breakfast foods, you can make your favorite pancakes in a whole grain variety with many brands of pancake and waffle mix.  Or, you can skip the drive through at a fast food restaurant and make an egg McMuffin of your own using low-fat cheese, one egg, and low-fat turkey bacon on a whole grain English muffin.

Instead of making your lunch with white bread, you can sneak whole grains into your meal by replacing it with whole grain options. Remember that whole grain doesn’t have to mean whole wheat. There are many other varieties of grains, nuts, and seeds, that bread can be made from, so experiment till you find a flavor you genuinely like.

When dinnertime arrives, try steering clear of processed white grains and opt for whole grains instead, like whole wheat pasta and brown or wild rice blends.  The next time you’re wandering your grocery aisles, be sure to compare like products to see if there’s a whole grain option you can use.  Not only will it fill you up and stave off hunger better than non-whole grain varieties, but it lowers your risk of cancer and heart disease, too!

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