Friday Food Finds: Fast, Delicious and Easy Whole Grains
Clients tell me that whole grains take too long to cook. Hah! I’ve got a solution for that. And they say that whole grains aren’t tasty. Also not true. If you want fast, delicious and easy whole grains, I’ve got you covered.
Health organizations recommend that we make half our grains whole. Eating whole grains is associated with less risk of death from heart disease and cancer and lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Yet, on average, Americans eat about 1 serving of whole grains daily. You can make the shift toward more delicious whole grains with these handy ready-to-eat whole grains. Below I’m showing some regular pasta too because no, pasta doesn’t make you fat and because eating pasta and other refined grain staples (like bread) doesn’t, by itself, lead to chronic diseases.
By the way, for other foods to help prevent type 2 diabetes, check out Add These Foods to Your Prediabetes Diet.
I enjoy cooking. For me, it’s a creative outlet and even a form of meditation. So even though I had seen these microwavable pouches of whole grains, I hadn’t given them much thought. Until our kitchen renovation, that is. And boy oh boy, did they come in handy that month of inconvenience. And they were an especially huge help those 10 days or so when we had little more to cook with than a microwave and nothing to wash our dishes in except the bathroom sink.
Today, I keep these pouches of easy whole grains and pasta on hand when I need fast meal prep for lunch or when I need to quickly supplement leftovers for dinner. I also buy a few for my husband to make his dinner prep easier when I’m traveling.
Each pouch provides 2 cups of grains. The sodium is moderate. The varieties I have range from 10 mg to 310 mg of sodium per cup, and each one has 2 to 4 grams of fiber per cup.
Check them out:
Cheers to delicious and healthy convenience!
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, CHWC, FAND, is a Nutrition, Culinary & Diabetes Expert, Wellcoach®-certified health and wellness coach, Freelance Writer, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. She's also the author of four books, including a best-seller. She's a nationally-recognized media expert in high demand for print and online interviews, as well as corporate and one-on-one nutritional counseling. Jill's philosophy is that nutrition science should be understandable, realistic and oh so delicious.
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