Try These Whole Grains for the New Year
For many Americans their New Year's resolutions are the same: eat better. But this is much easier said than done. You have to balance your desire to eat more nutritious food in smarter portions with your urge to eat fatty or salty foods in larger portions. One way that you can be sure you're eating smarter is to skip the junk food and opt for whole grains instead. Loaded with fiber and other important nutrients, whole grains may be able to help you improve your diet. Try some of these grains in your diet today.
Rice may not sound exciting because it's already such a big part of so many meals, but brown carries a number of nutrients. The key is to choose whole grain brown rice rather than white rice, which may have had many of its nutritional components extracted. Cook this tasty grain in your rice cooker with some fresh-cut vegetables, lean meat and low sodium sauce for a quick and easy meal.
This grain is absolutely packed with fiber. Fiber can be beneficial to some people who have digestion issues and is part of a balanced diet. Although rye is not yet a popular American whole grain, it can be made very similarly to the way rice is prepared. Just cook with a little oil and season with your favorite herbs.
Oats carry many of the nutritional benefits that other grains have, plus they're a breakfast food, which allows you to pack more grain into your diet, starting from first thing in the morning. Like with rice, the key to eating more oats is to get the right kind of oats. Shy away from instant oatmeal and make it from scratch instead. It doesn't take as long to prepare as you might think.
This increasingly popular superfood is both tasty and nutritious. You only need to make a very small amount for each meal because of the grain's density and small size. Quinoa can be great in rice-like dishes as well as mixed with kale, nuts and fruit for a hybrid salad that lets you get a bit from each food group.
Very popular in other parts of the world, millet may soon become a larger part of the American diet. Going well with quinoa and other whole grains, you can ease your way into millet by mixing it in.