Switching 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.