September is a great month!! Oh wait.. it’s actually a Grain month. (little funny there.. hahaha). Well, aside from September being my birth month, it is also my wedding anniversary, my late Grandma’s Birthday, my sisters Birthday, my late Grandpa’s Birthday, and a very beautiful month here in Minnesota. September is also National Whole Grain Month.
Many people just don’t get enough whole grains in their daily diets. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 6-11 servings per day. Seems like a lot right? Well it’s not if you are consuming the right foods to help you get your RDA intake. There are so many foods a person can eat that contain whole grains. You might already be eating a few every day and not even realize it.
Benefits of consuming whole grains ~ you also get B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, fiber and antioxidants – just to name a few benefits. Most people think of “grain” as things like corn, rice and wheat. But, there are actually many choices most don’t realize.
Things like Amaranth, Millet, Spelt, and Quinoa. All great sources of whole grains. And there are many product you can buy that have all of that in them, and are very good for you. Here are some great whole grain food choices.
Cereal ~ Ones like Kashi, Kellogg’s, Health Valley Organic, Organic Wetabix. They are all good ones to look for.
Crackers ~ Crunchmaster, Health Valley, Ak-Mar. All good choices.
Rice ~ Trader Joe’s, Texmati, (brown rice, basmati, long grain, red rice, etc.)
Granola ~ Ones like Kashi and Health Valley.
Bread ~ Brands like The Baker, Pepperidge Farms, The Original Bran for Life Bread to name a few.
Getting more whole grains in your RDA isn’t hard, it’s all about knowing where to find them and buying the right kinds of foods. Whole grains are packed with nutrients and needed daily. Eating a diet that is rich in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of many health conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and even some forms of cancer. Also, whole grains can improve bowel health by helping your body maintain regular bowel movements.
Not sure what “whole grains” are ? Here is a list to keep handy when you are shopping. Things like ~ whole grain corn, whole oats/oatmeal, popcorn, brown rice, whole rye, whole grain barley, wild rice, buckwheat, tritical, bulgur, millet, sorghum, 100% whole wheat flour, and quinoa. One thing you might not know – corn is a whole grain. So, if you like corn, add it to your meals as a side. Eat another veggie also, but add corn as your whole grain.
No matter what you eat on a daily basis, just try to consume your RDA of whole grain. Your body will thank you.
Some of my favorite products with whole grains are from Crunchmaster. Wanna give them a try? You can get a coupon here. You can check them out on Twitter and Pinterest too. I also find lots of goodies at Thrive.