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Get Your Family to Eat More Whole Grains

By Sara Butler

Whole grains are good for you. That means you and your family should definitely be eating more of them. Introducing new foods to a family isn't exactly the easiest task on the planet, especially if you have small children. Still, whole grains are so good for you and yours that it's worth it to take a few culinary risks to get more of them. Here's what you need to know about whole grains and some easy ways to introduce them to your dinner table.

High Points of Nutrition

Whole grains are good for your body because they've not undergone the same type of refinement and processing as the white grains you may be used to. When you process grains less, then you leave more folate, protein, iron, thiamin, and Vitamin E that are naturally occurring nutrients in the grain. Whole grains also contain more fiber, which helps you to feel fuller for longer after eating.

The Whole Grains Council states that people who regularly eat whole grains have a reduced chance of developing serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some types of cancer, and obesity. With so many options of whole grains to choose from, making a few swaps in your meals may not be as difficult as you think!

Ancient Grains: Trial and Error

You've probably heard of quinoa by now, which is a very popular ancient grain that is easy to find and use in your recipes. But don't miss out on other ancient grains that are just as nutritious. Try:

  • Farro
  • Millet
  • Bulgur
  • Spelt
  • Sorghum
  • Barely

Many of these grains contain a lot of protein and are high in antioxidants to keep your body healthy, too. Get a new grain and try it out in place of rice or other grains in your favorite recipes and see what you like and don't like. You may have some misses, but you may hit some recipes out of the park and find a new favorite in the process.

Change Up Your Pasta

Pasta has more to offer these days than simply white or whole wheat versions. You can find pasta at your local store made of quinoa, brown rice, and legumes such as lentils and beans. These can boost the protein profile of your pasta and provide your family with whole grains they need to be healthy.

Grains can be a part of a healthy diet for the whole family, so don't be afraid to explore and discover new and exciting grains!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Roswell, Ga.

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