Page 1 of 2Switching from processed to whole grains is one of the simplest changes you can make to help your health. Whole grains have more protein and fiber than their stripped-down counterparts, which means they'll help you stay fuller longer. That's because they take longer to digest--another reason they're one of our "Spark Swaps" ingredients in "The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health," the new book from the experts at SparkPeople.
Grains on their own aren't very flavorful, but you can use that to your advantage. Use their mild taste as a blank canvas to complement the rest of your meal. Here are 10 easy ways to flavor whole grains--no recipe needed.
Prepare your grains according to package directions. You'll need 4 servings (2 cups cooked).
Serving suggestions: quinoa, whole wheat couscous, brown rice, bulgur, wild rice, etc.
NOTE: To save time, you can use precooked grains unless noted. Either buy heat-and-eat varieties or make a large batch once a week.
1. Stir in chopped fresh herbs just before serving.
2. Add dried fruit and chopped, toasted nuts just before serving.
Add 2 tablespoons each
3. Dry roast 1-2 teaspoons of spices in the pan before adding the grains and water.
4. Stir in 1 cup cooked vegetables before serving.
Add 1 can (14.5 ounces) drained and rinsed beans.
Add 2 tablespoons or to taste.
Saute 1 cup mushrooms in the pan before adding the grains and water. Stir in 2 ounces creamy cheese just before serving.