The USDA released new data this month, which shows that we’re eating more whole grain foods – 23.4% more between 2008 and 2010, which is great news. Looks like women ages 30-39 are leading the pack in terms of overall consumption, and greatest increase in whole grains (you go girls!). Their data also showed, however, that the amount of refined grains Americans are still eating hasn’t really changed, so there is still more work to do to get our diets in better shape and make half our grains whole.
Maybe it’s because I’m a food and nutrition blogger, and I make it by business (and passion) to follow food trends, but I feel like I’m seeing lots more information out there about the benefits of whole grains, and fabulous recipes for ways to eat whole grains. I’ve noticed whole grain offerings on more restaurant menus, and I almost cried when I ordered my Roasted Turkey Harvest Wheatberry Salad at Panera last night (although I though it was a little light on the wheat berries). So personally, I think the next round of data will be even better.
I’ve been pinning lots of whole grains recipes lately, so it’s time to share my favorites from around the web. If you aren’t on board with the whole grains craze yet, I’ll bet there are a few recipes in this bunch that could make it onto your table and become a new mealtime staple at your house! Click the photo for the link to the recipe.
Did anything catch your eye? Pin it. Make it. Eat well!
Do you have any favorite ways to prepare whole grains? Which grains do you have in your pantry right now?