How To Eat More Whole Grains

Some people find it somewhat challenging to transition from processed grains to whole grains– and instead of taking initiative to work through their hesitations, instead they choose to stay put with their unhealthy eating habits. Eating whole grains is a VERY important part of your healthy lifestyle, so make it a goal to implement more whole grains into your meals.

Remember, that it takes some time to transition from an old way of eating, you will need to get used to the new tastes and textures of the whole grains. So be patient, and remind yourself why it is better to eat whole grains instead of processed, nutrient-less grains.

Start out by mixing the processed grains with the whole grains. For example, if you are trying to use brown rice, mix a cup of brown rice with the white rice. Over time, slowly add in more brown rice and less white rice, and eventually you and your family will be used to eating the brown rice. Mixing grains can help your palate adjust to the new taste of the healthier grains.

Also, be sure to season your food correctly. You may consider serving the whole grains with some type of sauce or vegetables to go on top. Whole wheat pasta will taste much better with a good tomato sauce on top! 😉

It is true that your digestive system will notice the change, the whole grains will be adding more fiber/bulk into your diet. Be patient and trust your body, the fiber is necessary for good health. You may experience a little bit of discomfort when you switch to a whole foods eating plan, but it will quickly pass. Drink plenty of water to be sure that things move smoothly through your stomach and intestines.

(LOL! It sounds funny to be talking about this kind of stuff on a blog, but digestion and elimination is such an important part of eating!) 🙂

Over time you will become more accustomed to eating whole grains, and you will find that your preferences will actually change. I choose brown rice over white rice any day now, because I have grown to LOVE the taste, texture and flavor of brown rice.

Don’t be scared to try whole grains in your next meal, there are so many benefits to eating nutrient-dense whole grains. Switching out your processed white grains for whole grains is a great way to improve your health and create better daily habits.

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