Monthly Archives: September 2015

15 Way to Increase Your Intake of Whole Grains

September is “National Whole Grain Month”! Here are some tips to increase your intake of whole grains.. try something new this month! Remember.. aim for making at least half of your grain intake a whole grain option.

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  • Try multiple loaves of whole-grain bread to find a new favorite. Remember to look for whole wheat or whole grain listed first on the nutrition facts ingredients list.
  • Serve brown rice instead of white rice.
  • Swap potatoes for a whole grain side – quinoa, bulgur, or wheat berries.
  • Look for the whole grain stamp on the front of packaged food items.
  • Try a new breakfast cereal with at least 16 grams of whole grain per serving.
  • Serve whole wheat pasta instead of white pasta. Or do half-and-half for a whole grain rich pasta night.
  • Buy grain you have never tried – Look in the bulk bins at the store.
  • Cook a pot of steel-cut oatmeal on the weekend to eat for breakfast during the week. After cooking, store in individual containers in the fridge for an easy whole grain meal.
  • Make pizza night whole grain rich with a whole-wheat crust.
  • Bake cookies with whole-wheat flour instead of white.
  • Serve burgers or hot dogs on whole-wheat buns.
  • Try a new recipe. Visit wholegrainscouncil.org for recipes.
  • Use whole corn meal when baking corn bread or muffins.
  • Add cooked whole grains like wheat, rye berries, brown rice, sorghum, or barley to canned soup.
  • Add ½ cup uncooked oats for each pound of ground beef or turkey when making meatballs, burgers, or meatloaf.
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St. Louis Style BBQ Pork Steaks

I know I will be grilling up some delicious food this Labor Day weekend, and these pork steaks are one of my specialties! In no way is this one of the healthiest items you can grill, but it sure is delicious! Serve with grilled corn, grilled asparagus, or assorted grilled skewered veggies! I can smell the BBQ smoke already.. 

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Ingredients:
4-6 pork steaks
Chicago steak seasoning (or any seasoning blend to your liking)
BBQ Sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s)
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