5 Ways to Spice Up Your Grains

Eating whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat bread and quinoa are part of a healthy lifestyle. Whole grains can help lower cholesterol, prevent colon cancer and help you maintain a healthy weight. Here are 5 quick and simple ways to make your grains more exciting!

  1. Add sauteed vegetables: saute tomatoes, green peppers, onion and garlic (or any vegetables of choice) in olive oil over medium heat and add to any cooked grain. This adds a nutritious flavor punch to any side dish and is a great way to incorporate a variety of colors, vitmains and minerals into your diet.

  2. Stir fry: stir fry your grain with a variety of vegetables and your choice of protein (tofu, beef, chicken, turkey or fish) and add 1-2 tbsp. of low sodium soy sauce or low sodium teriyaki sauce to kick up the flavor.

  3. Fresh herbs and oils: season your grains with fresh herbs such as basil, parsely, cilantro, or rosemary and add 1-2 tbsp. of healthy oils such as olive oil, coconut oil or avocado oil while cooking for a robust flavor.

  4. Grain salad: add leftover grains to salads for a quick lunch or dinner option. Quinoa, whole wheat cous cous and barely are my favorite grains to incorporate into salads. Add edamame beans, black beans or chickpeas and vegetables to the salad for a great source of protein and added vitmains and minerals.

  5. Baked goods: add leftover quinoa or barely to your baked goods for a nutrition packed treat. Muffins, breakfast breads or egg muffins are my favorite foods to add quinoa or barley to for a hearty snack or meal.

For more ways to incorporate grains into your meals or for additional healthy, easy, and quick recipe ideas, contact ThriveRD: contact@thriverd.com or 415-763-5544.


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