My Top Favorite Whole Grains

Hey Y’all! I’m excited about this post…been working on it for a while and wanted to share it so much!

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So…today’s topic is Grains. Do you eat them? Do you like them? Why do you eat them?

Well, I’m going to answer a few of those questions from my point of view…let me know what you think about grains down in the comments below and don’t forget to list a few of your favorites!

top 4 fave whole grains

Q&A

Do I eat grains?

Yes, as a matter of fact I do! Now, I can’t say that grains are for everyone…but if you feel like you can eat grains, then by all means, I support you!

 

Do I like grains?

I think some people force themselves to eat oatmeal and rice, thinking that they HAVE to in order to be healthy…and my thoughts on that, DON’T eat them if you don’t LIKE them. The end. But yes, I absolutely love grains and cook with them all the time!

Why do I eat Grains?

I eat whole grains because:

  • A good source of complex carbohydrates (which are better for you and provide you with sustained energy)
  • Whole grains contain bran & fiber (which helps keep your colon moving!)
  • Whole grains are a natural source of valuable antioxidants, as well as vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6), vitamin E, magnesium, iron and phytochemicals which, working together, help reduce the risk of some cancers.

Those are just the top 3 reasons!

How should I cook my grains?

Well, I do know that grains needs to be soaked. Soak your grains, sprouts, and nuts! I will usually soak rice for about 1-8 hours before cooking it to release the phytic acid. Phytic acid binds with other nutrients and inhibits the absorption of those nutrients! Such as; zinc, calcium

One more thing on grains, okay?

Chew! When you’re eating, you should always chew, chew, and chew! Don’t halfway chew and swallow…grains need to be chewed rather well. There are enzymes located in the mouth that are only released when you chew and the salivary amylase (that’s in YOUR mouth) is needed to digest grains and carbohydrates…so the more you chew, the better your grains will digest! We need to be considerate of our digestive system! Plus, a quick fact: Chewing increases your energy! Ha, very interesting, right?

Here are some meals I’ve made with these grains!

basmati

Basmati rice with asparagus and baked salmon with a delicious glaze on top

red quinoa

Red Quinoa (I prefer it more than white, but white is still as good!), ground turkey, broccoli, sweet potato

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Red Quinoa, Asparagus, Chicken

oats

Protein Oats

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Overnight Chocolate Oats

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Fish, Broccoli, sweet potato, sautéed veggies, and Basmati Rice with black beans

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Black rice, chicken, and roasted rosemary potatoes

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Black rice is under all that delicious sautéed purple cabbage, sweet potato, and beans.

Questions:

  • Do you eat grains?
  • What is your favorite grain?
  • What’s your favorite meal to make with grains?
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5 thoughts on “My Top Favorite Whole Grains

  1. ifailedfran says:

    As a CrossFitter, a Paleo diet is talked about a lot and pretty much goes hand in hand with CF. I agree with many of the principles of Paleo and I try to eat a fairly Paleo-ish diet. However, there are some things I don’t quite agree with, and grains are one of them. My body tolerates them fine, so I see absolutely no reason why something great like quinoa or steel cut oats would be bad for me. Plus they taste really good! I need that for sustained energy, like you wrote about. Oh and you should post your recipes too because all that food looks delicious!

  2. Allison @ Clean Wellness says:

    I love grains! I eat them every day. I enjoy short grain brown rice the most, but also have a lot of buckwheat, quinoa, millet, and oats. I can’t live without them! They’re nourishing and balancing and delicious. Wonderful post!

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