Tag Archives: whole grains

Can I Ever Lose Those Last 10 Pounds?

If you have been reading my blogs for any period of time, you know I don’t believe in crazy diets, diet pills, shakes or whatever the “quick-fix-cure” of the moment is.  I believe in making small changes to your diet and fitness regimes that reflect a change in ‘lifestyle’ for your long term health benefits.  Changes that you can stick with that aren’t once a year resolutions, or fixes that will have you lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks. Continue reading

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What Is ‘The New Healthy’?

I am thrilled to read articles and mainstream magazines that consider eating whole foods, including making whole grains, vegetables and fruit more of a focus in consumer’s daily diet, super cool and trendy. Daily talk shows bring in Food Network stars to show cooking as being approachable instead of elitist. Fast food chains are including vegetables and apple slices on their kids’ meals, as well as milk versus soda. Yes! Continue reading

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Farro: Discover a Whole New Whole Grain

Recently I cooked a whole grain that I really enjoyed, called farro. Farro, also known as the pharaoh’s wheat, originated in Egypt centuries ago and is a member of the wheat family. It is primarily grown in Italy now, and is considered a healthy alternative to wheat pasta there.

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Bulgar with Steak and Chickpeas. Yum!

Adding whole grains to your food plan will help add nutrition and quality. A whole grain includes all three parts of the grain kernel (bran, endosperm, and germ).Whole grains are a great source of fiber but they also contain essential vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Research has found that a diet including whole grains reduces the risk for some cancers, especially gastrointestinal cancers.  The antioxidants in whole grains may work with fiber to reduce risk of heart disease. The wheat used to create white flour removes all these healthy components. Continue reading

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Whole Grains Finding It Hard to Earn An A+ In Schools

Recently there was a conference about complying with the new July 2012 requirements involving whole grains.  It states that school lunch guidelines are that at least half of the grains served in school lunches must be ‘whole grain-rich’, extending to 100% of grains at lunch and breakfast by summer 2014.

“While “there is no doubt” that revamping school lunches will benefit children’s health, the speed with which schools have to implement the new rules has made compliance extremely difficult in the short-term”, according to one child nutrition director. Continue reading

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