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.

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I made this healthy lunch with a bunch of leftovers and feta cheese on top of some 90-second quinoa. Poor Benny really thought I was going to give him some. Silly boy. I did give him a treat after he shook my hand.

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.

90-second easy whole grains! This pouch is perfect for a quick nourish bowl and meal prep.

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.

I LOVE my new kitchen. It was worth the hassle. And it was worth batch cooking during the process. Here I am roasting trays of vegetables to last several days. The pouches of easy whole grains were also lifesavers.

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.

fast and easy whole grains in pouches

Easy peasy and delicious!

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

I'm Jill, and I believe simple changes in your mindset and health habits can bring life-changing rewards. And I don't believe in willpower. It's waaaay overrated. As a food-loving registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes care and education specialist and certified health and wellness coach, I've helped thousands of people solve their food and nutrition problems. If you're looking for a better way to master this whole healthy eating/healthy living thing or if you're trying to prevent or manage diabetes or heart problems, you'll find plenty of resources right here.

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