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!

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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!

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

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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

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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?

WIAW 9/11

Must first acknowledge those who lost their lives 12 years ago on this day.

I was 6 years old, wasn’t exactly sure what was going on…but I remember the TV had the news on for days.

Its always bothered me, the event, why and how people can do that. I will never understand and hope it won’t happen again.

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Yesterday was a great day of eats!

I started my morning off with a yummy Quinoa Crunch Bowl (you might have seen the picture on my instagram)

After a lot of job searching and what not, I finally wrote down my workout and I was so excited to try it out because I knew it was going to be an epic one!

I promised to share the workout here on my instagram, so here it is!

Cardio Functional Workout

And if you don’t know how to do any of the exercises…

  • Burpee with Knee to Elbow (or tummy tuck)

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Perform a burpee, while in the plank position, bring left knee to left elbow and right knee to right elbow!

  • Side Plank Hug to Open Chest Fly with dumbbell

While in this position, swing arm under your body…like this –>

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Counts as 1 rep! Do 10!

  • Double Pop Squats! So simple, you pulse TWO squats and then jump like you would with a jump squat. Click here and fast forward to 1:50
  • Plank Hops

After those three rounds, I hit my BACK, BICEPS, AND SHOULDERS

Post workout/Lunch was a Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar

(Quest Bar review coming soon!)

If you are wondering why I look like I want to smile but trying not to…its because I have Quest Bar in my mouth. And it tasted fantastic! So I’m obviously, weirdly happy.

Dinner was a good one…if you saw my Instagram pic, you probably know how much I am in love with Beet and Feta Sandwiches now. Words can not even describe.

(Recipe on this later)

I was very satisfied after this sandwich. Definitely making these suckers again!

Thanks Jenn for always hosting WIAW!

And don’t forget to enter my giveaway for the Sweaty Bands Headband! Last day!

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Questions:

  • Do you eat beets? (I used to never eat them but now we eat them once or twice a week)
  • How old were you when 9/11 happened?