Challenge Yourself: Cooking with Whole Grains

Chicken & Millet Burrito

For the past two weeks, the Lehmans and Avaglianos have been incorporating more fruits and veggies into their diets. Both families have written about their favorite new foods: The Lehmans love jicama and the Avaglianos now start their mornings with healthy mango-strawberry smoothies.

Today Tiffany mentioned that in addition to eating more dried fruit, she and the rest of the Lehmans are now quinoa fans. They enjoy it for breakfast and make and freeze large batches.

Switching from refined grains to whole grains is another small dietary change that has big health benefits. Whole grains have more fiber and are therefore heartier–so you can eat less and still feel full. Plus, whole grains are low fat and have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.

Ready to start cooking whole grains? Try our easy recipes:

5 Great Whole Grain Recipes

Amazing Grains: Healthy Family Dinners

What’s your favorite whole grain recipe? Share in the comments below.