Great news, carbs are an important part of your diet!

This month’s theme has been nutrition, and this week is all about whole grains which who doesn’t love carbs!

March is also whole grain sampling month and that means we’re talking carbs! If you are like me you may not have a wide variety of whole grains in your diet. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the average American eats less than a serving a day of whole grains. The goal of sampling whole grains is all about making it fun and interactive for both kids and adults. Read on to learn more about whole grain sampling day, what a whole grain is, and ideas about swapping out for whole grains.

Healthy Tip Tuesday comes to you in partnership with Trinity Hospital Twin City.

So what exactly is a whole grain?  A grain is considered to be a whole grain as long as all three original parts — the bran, germ, and endosperm — are still present in the same proportions as when the grain was growing in the fields.

This is important to know because many foods are made with grains such as bread, cereal, and rice. They may not be whole grains. When we think of these foods in the store we want to look for the whole grain stamp to know that it is at least 50% or higher certified as whole grains.

So what foods can we swap to include more whole grains…

  • Try whole grain pasta noodles
  • Include wild rice in your casserole meals
  • Reach for cereals that have the whole grain stamp
  • Bake with whole grain flour
  • Attempt to eat whole grain breads or buns

All month long the FDA and the National Whole Grain Council are promoting sampling day. Check out the council’s website here to see all of the fun activities they have listed. There are interactive games, quizzes, stickers, and buttons. The website also provides recipe ideas, resources, and other information.

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