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2/21/13 11:49 P

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I found a fun link that shows portion sizes for popular grains:

www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/fo
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How many whole grains did you get today?
(2 servings for me)

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2/17/13 1:46 A

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I love black and red rice. With a nice piece of fish and a salad yummy!!

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JENAE954 Posts: 7,020
2/11/13 8:14 A

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Wow! There aren't a lot of sparkers who are familiar with red and/or black rice.
Glad to see I found one.
I cook up black rice, freeze it in portions and use it in vegan mock meat loaf.

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2/10/13 11:56 P

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Yesterday I tried Red Glutinous Rice. We bought it from an Asian store near here. It was rather good. I added some steamed broccoli and stir fried beef for supper.

Tip of the day: Whole grains can be healthy snacks. Popcorn, a whole grain, can be a healthy snack if you make it with little or no added salt or butter. I usually just put about one or two tablespoons of popcorn in a plain paper bag with nothing on it and fold over the top of the bag. Then pop in the microwave as if it were "microwave popcorn" Sometimes I spray some "Can't believe it's not butter" on it for flavor. Much healthier than the pre-pakaged kind!

Also, try 100% whole-wheat or rye crackers.

A healthy snack can help you get through to your next meal without over indulging in calories.

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CARMADAB's Photo CARMADAB Posts: 256
2/6/13 9:59 P

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What ingredients are you using in your meatloaf, Jenae?

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JENAE954 Posts: 7,020
2/6/13 12:37 P

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Have been experimenting with making vegetarian meat loaves.
I had always shied away from them because of the ingredients.
That problem was solved by creating my own combinations.

The bonuses are that they are high in protein, low fat, freeze well (for lunches), and quite cheap.

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2/6/13 6:13 A

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Woohoo good morning all I get to pick todays exercise

3 sets of 10 jumping jacks

Today during my breaks at school I will work on these myself. I dont have any weights for I will have to wait until I get home to do yesterday exercise unless i can just do it without weights

Opps wrong place for this sorry

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CARMADAB's Photo CARMADAB Posts: 256
2/5/13 11:22 P

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Today as I look at the foods I chose, I had whole grains in the form of Kashi cereal in the morning, processed grains in homemade pizza pockets in the afternoon (could of used whole wheat flour I guess) and whole grains in the evening (I had rolled oatmeal in the pancakes I made for national pancake day). If I had 100% whole grains it might be too much fiber- he he he. And if you totally missed National Pancake Day - never fear International Pancake Day is next Tuesday!

TODAY'S TIP: If you are trying to make simple switches from processed grains to whole grains, try 100% whole-wheat breads instead of white.

Personally I am a little glad my last child will be leaving home soon because then the white bread will not need to even come into the house as I have finally converted my husband to whole grain breads.


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2/5/13 10:20 A

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I can see no reason why not, maybe using a lot less stock, so the wraps don't get soggy!

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JENAE954 Posts: 7,020
2/5/13 6:41 A

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That sounds really good.
Wonder if the recipe could be made without the barley and used as a tasty filling for wraps?
Thanks

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2/5/13 5:15 A

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I made a tasty stew with roast veg. Added them to chicken stock with left over chicken from roast day before. Lots of black eye beans and barley. Used a mix of spices too, my husband really enjoyed it. I prepared enough barley for my grandchildren to try as a rice replacement, as they will only eat white rice, [which is not a whole grain], but tastes quite bland like rice. The lads liked it, so I have another choice I can give them, with out them getting bored.

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2/4/13 7:39 P

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I made the barley stew recipe tonight. It needed a bit of tweaking ( read the reviews) but it was quite good and very filling. Had some crusty whole wheat bread with it for a good winter supper. emoticon

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2/4/13 1:39 P

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I only eat whole grains except at work for dinner, because I eat what they serve. so this is not a challenge for me. But I wish someone would make whole grain doughnuts. Dave's Killer Bread made me happy when they came out with their Good Seed Halos bagels.

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CARMADAB's Photo CARMADAB Posts: 256
2/3/13 10:56 P

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This morning I tried mixing pearled barley with steel cut oats. Afterward I added fresh blackberries and frozen peaches with a touch of splenda. Definitely a filling breakfast food.

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2/3/13 10:18 P

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I like this challenge. I will introduce more grains into my diet. Right now its just oatmeal and wheat bread.
My goal this week is to try at least one grain.

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2/3/13 10:02 P

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I love this challenge!
Love trying new grains.
Thanks!

Jenae


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2/3/13 10:43 A

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Great challenge! I usually eat quinoa (love it), brown rice and barley.

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2/3/13 3:44 A

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2/2/13 11:15 A

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I'm looking forward to trying out some new food! I usually eat no grains, or I'll go full blast on white wheat.

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2/1/13 11:47 P

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I love trying new grains. This should be fun.

ONE HOOP, ONE JUMP, ONE STEP AT A TIME IS ALL IT TAKES TO MELT THE FAT.











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2/1/13 11:15 P

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I will look for recipies with whole grain to try on the site. Already found some awesome ones to try this week!

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2/1/13 3:14 P

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My daughter has Celiac...so I do need to make 2 meals most of the time anyway...

DH protested when I switched everything to whole grains...told him I cook and that's how it is...you don't like it then don't eat it but that's supper...stopped complaining and just got used to everything...couldn't imagine eating anything white anymore...

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JENAE954 Posts: 7,020
2/1/13 2:36 P

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Made my first vegetarian mock meat loaf.
It was sooooo great!
When I have the time I will add it to the SP recipe site.

Jenae


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2/1/13 2:16 P

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Don't let the winter beat you, stay on the program and achieve your goals. Good luck, everybody!

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2/1/13 12:23 P

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This is something I have been working on already. My poor DH hates it, but he's just going to have to get over it (LOL)! I will be checking out that recipe as well.

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2/1/13 11:17 A

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This should be no problem for me as I am careful about using whole grains primarily. My winter breakfast is organic oatmeal with walnuts - had it again this am and I don't seem to get tired of it. Thanks for the link to the recipe. I love barley and will be trying that one this week.


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2/1/13 11:15 A

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Good challenge!!! After my parents went whole wheat everything when I was in high school, we saw a change in our weight, and now, when I eat white bread or white rice or pasta, it's not good! haha.



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2/1/13 11:05 A

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Oh, this is always a dispute in our house. I buy whole wheat bread, DH hates it. I buy brown rice, he eats white. I try to limit baked items, but always look for whole grains there too with Wheat Thins and corn chips.

In short, eating whole grain means buying duplicates of everything. I do that when I can, or limit my consumption.

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2/1/13 10:25 A

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I eat all whole grains, but have recently discovered I have severe reactions to wheat :/ we have for the last few years bought the whole grain-organic, no gmo & milled it ourselves. It makes a huge difference. Right now, I am using spelt instead of wheat & eating oats or quinoa for my grain when needed. I do like barley & use it in stews mostly. I'll have to give your recipe a try!

Do your research & feed your body well!!! :) you are worth it!

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2/1/13 7:55 A

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Mostly eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
Will take a look at adding whole grains back into diet.

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2/1/13 5:53 A

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As I enjoy whole grain recipes, and used to eat barley in soups, stews etc, I will give the recipes a go and let you know how it went. I usually eat brown rice, and whole wheat pasta. And the bread that I allow myself on occasion is Allisons wholewheat sunflower and pumpkin. Which is really tasty and sustaining.

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2/1/13 1:20 A

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pass on this one,,i rarely eat bread rice or pasta

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2/1/13 1:03 A

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When it comes to Nutrition, I am always cautious about “strange” diets or foreign ideas. In my mind, losing weight is a life-long endeavor and better done by making lifestyle changes that will help my body feel great and ready for the next challenge.

February 14th is Valentine’s Day and February is Heart Health month. This is the perfect time to focus on whole grains and the benefits they can provide for our health. Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or other cereal grain is a grain product. Grains are divided into two subgroups, whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel – the bran, germ and endosperm. People who eat whole grains as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.

This month’s challenge is to EAT AT LEAST HALF OF YOUR GRAINS AS WHOLE GRAINS. I would like to see the things each of you have done to focus on whole grains in your diets. Do you have a great recipe you have tried? What about the variety of grains out there?

To start us off, I found out that since 2005, the U.S. FDA has allowed barley foods to claim that they reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. I just recently tried a recipe with Barley in it and LOVED it!

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How do you eat your WHOLE GRAINS particularly your Barley???

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