If you are like a lot of parents I talk to, you are looking for ways to add more whole grains to your family’s diet. After all, whole grains contain all parts of the naturally occurring grain including the endosperm, nutrient-rich germ (think selenium, magnesium and copper) and fiber-rich bran while refined grains, remove the germ and bran leaving only the starchy endosperm.
And kids aren’t getting enough.
The good news is there are more whole grain products than ever to choose from. Manufacturers have gotten really good at keeping the grain “whole” without giving up texture and taste. But the question remains: how do you know you are really getting whole grains?
The Whole Grain Stamp to the Rescue:
The Whole Grains Council has devised a handy stamp that is being used on many products. The stamp reveals how many grams are actually in the product. A serving of whole grains contains 16 grams (16g) making the daily goal 48g (3 servings per day).
If a product has the 100% Stamp, then you know that all of the ingredients are whole grains with a minimum of 16g per serving. The Basic Stamp contains at least 8g (half serving) but may also contain some refined grain.
If you can’t find the stamp, look for telling claims like “100 percent whole grain” and then peak at the ingredient line to see if whole grains are the first ingredient: “whole wheat, whole oats, whole barley, brown rice.”
Watch out for terms like “made with whole grain” meaning it only needs 10% of the 16g serving or “multi-grain” meaning there are multiple grains (not necessarily whole grains). Have some fun and search your favorite products to see if they have the whole grain stamp and how many grams they contain.
Whole Grain Examples and Giveaway
We have some awesome whole grain products to highlight and giveaway!
First we have Home Free, makers a line of tasty wholesome treats that are perfect for families dealing with food allergies. All of their products are free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and dairy and some are even gluten-free; they are also a good source of whole grains. They are giving away a box of Homefree cookies with some coupons. To give you an idea the Chocolate, Chocolate Chips have 10g of whole grain, the regular Chocolate Chips Cookies have 11g and the Oatmeal have 12g.
Next Mestamacher’s extensive line of whole grain breads including Pumpernickel, Whole Rye, Three Grain, Sunflower Seed, Whole Rye with Muesli and Fitness Bread. All of the varieties are wheat-free except for the Fitness Bread. These Organic Mestamacher breads are baked without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and are high in fiber, low in fat, cholesterol-free and have received the Whole Grain Council’s Stamp of “100 % Excellent Source of Whole Grain.” They will be sending 4 loaves to one lucky winner.
Attune Foods is giving away 4 boxes of cereals from their Erewhon and Uncle Sam’s Line. Erewhon cereals (pronounced Air-wahn) is made with brown rice—a healthy “krispie” cereal, and organic and gluten-free and range from 21-41g whole grains per serving. All of the Uncle Sam cereals contain the 100% Stamp with 35- 43g of whole grains per serving containing red winter wheat berries and flaxseeds.
Dr. Kracker has a line of delicious of whole grain crackers and crisp breads that will knock your socks off. Some of their crisp breads which include flavors like Apple Crisp (21g), Hummus Maximus (19g) and Fire Roasted Tomato (11g). One winner will receive a 4-pack of Crispbread crackers including Seedlander, Seeded Spelt, Klassic 3 Seed and Pumpkin Cheddar.
So there will be 4 lucky winners. And better yet, Jill is giving away the same stuff over at her site so you can double your chance of winning! Here’s what you need to do to enter the giveaway:
1) Mandatory entry: Leave a comment saying why you want to win one of these products.
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We will choose winners one week from today by midnight, February 23rd using random.org. Good luck!