Why whole grains? Research shows that whole grains can help reduce the risk of heart disease, some types of cancers and type 2 Diabetes. This hits close to home for me because most of the deaths in my family have been related to cancer. Diabetes also runs strong in both mine and my husbands families. Whole grains are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. They can even help with weight loss.
I have been slowly adding more and more whole grains to our diet. When I think about it, everything I bake has been with white flour. After reading this very informative article, I realized that there really is no nutritional value in white flour. I had no idea that when white flour is processed most of the nutrients; the bran and germ are stripped away leaving only the endosperm which is high in protein and carbohydrates and lacks most of the vitamins and minerals.
The Food Pyramid provided by the USDA recommends 6-11 servings of bread/grain per day. I know my family was no where near this but I am changing that by simply changing the way I bake. I have stared incorporating a lot more whole grains into our diet.
For starters the other day for breakfast instead of making pancakes with white flour, I used 1 cup of white and 1 cup of wheat flour for the batter. I decided to ease into it that day. Next time I will make them with all wheat. Then I made waffles another morning using my new 7 grain flour that I just bought from a local farmer. While you could definitly tell there was a grainy texture to these waffles, I really liked it and the kids didn't complain.I also bought some steel cut oats from the store and made that for my own breakfast a few mornings. I am not a fan of regular oatmeal, but the steel cut oats have a different texture and I like it better. Another way to add whole grains? I just made my first batch of granola last week. My husband has been taking this to work every day and eating it for breakfast. I will post the recipe for that later.I just made a batch of white sandwich bread, but I am hoping to get a batch of whole wheat bread made this weekend. Once I do I will let you know how that turns out. I also want to try the Artisan 5 Minute a Day Whole Wheat recipe. Had anyone tried that?