The benefits of adding grains to your diet
Few Australians eat enough whole grains; 59% choose refined grains, eating an average of 21g whole grain per day – that's less than half the recommended 48g daily intake.
Whole grain foods like brown rice, pasta, wholemeal bread and whole grain cereals are packed with nutrition and people who eat them regularly are less likely to develop heart disease, type 2 diabetes, even bowel cancer.
Refined grain foods like white pasta and rice still offer benefits, it’s the whole grain options that make the difference. They are loaded with more than 26 nutrients, including fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
If you're working out regularly, your wholegrains are important. And if you are gluten intolerant there is still a load of choices. Pasta has so many options now days and if you haven't tried black or red rice, you are missing out! Quinoa is also big on my grain list - it's a great 'healthy carb' food but also packed with protein and nutrients (and is gluten free).
Here's a few ways you get more whole grain food in your diet:
Try black and even red rice instead of white
Sourdough Rye is a great option for bread (also try making your own).
Look for a mix of oats - rye, spelt, barley, etc. Delicious as porridge or to make protein balls.
Try quinoa, freekeh, buckwheat, amaranth, and teff, they're full of nutrition and are available in the supermarket.
Try my delicious and healthy Quinoa Cereal Bowl