Friday Nutrition Tip

Make Half Your Grains Whole!

Whole grains contain all the parts of the grain – bran, sperm and endosperm pieces of the plant. Eating whole grains increases the amount of fiber, vitamins and minerals in your diet and can decrease your risk of stroke, diabetes and cancer later in life. Wheat, oat, rye and barley are all types of grains.  Check the ingredient list to make sure that whatever whole grain you’re choosing has the word “whole” in front of it and is the first ingredient on the list. There’s still room for your favorite pasta dish from that amazing Italian restaurant, but try to make small changes like switching from white to whole wheat bread when you order your sandwich.

At Prospect Hall, you can find whole wheat bread, oatmeal, granola, and occasionally whole wheat pasta and brown rice.

Read here for more information: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/downloads/TenTips/DGTipsheet4MakeHalfYourGrainsWhole.pdf

Ways to get Whole Grains

  • Whole wheat bread
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Brown rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Popcorn (who knew?!)
  • Quinoa

Love this chart from Pillsbury:

What’s your favorite whole grain?

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