Guess what? September is known as whole grains month (#WholeGrainsMonth)! This is a month to really focus on the benefits of consuming whole, unrefined grains. Whole grains should be chosen on the daily, but September is a month-long excuse to celebrate the benefits and deliciousness of them. Wondering what is a whole grain and what’s the big deal? 🤔 When something is considered ‘whole grain,’ that means the product is intact and have all of their essential parts and nutrients in ‘whole’ form. If the grain has been processed or refined, then the product has been stripped of a lot of its nutrients. The U.S Dietary guidelines state that Americans should be consuming 6 ounces of grains per day and 3 of those ounces (half) should be whole grains. Seems simple enough, right?
With September being whole grains month, I challenge you to try a new grain this month, and that can easily be accomplished at the Osprey Cafe! Some common whole grains include: barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, quinoa, rice, rye, amaranth, wheat, spelt, and oats (just to name a few). 😉 Which ones have you tried? Which ones have you not tried? One easy way to incorporate new grains into your diet is trying different recipes like an Amaranth Banana Walnut Bread or this Apple-Sage Wild Rice Stuffing. One of our favorite whole grains are oats. You can use oats in things like breads, muffins, muesli, and your common hot breakfast cereal such as oatmeal. Check out our recipe page for more ideas! One of our favorite things to do is putting oats in our smoothies. Not only does it keep us full and satisfied, but it also packs in a ton of fiber.
There are many ways to get your daily whole grains here on campus. Check out Jamba Juice located within the Student Wellness Complex; where they give you the option to add oats into your smoothie. Jamba Juice also offers smoothie bowls with granola (oats) as a topping. Another easy way to get whole grains in your diet is to use whole grain bread for your sandwiches. Need a healthy lunch on campus? Check out Pita Pit, Chop’d and Wrap’d, or the sandwich station at the Osprey Café. They all offer ‘made-to-order’ sandwiches where you have the option to choose a whole grain pita, wrap, or whole grain bread. Einstein Bros. Bagels is also a great place to get some whole grains. They’ll be happy to toast up a whole grain bagel for you with some reduced fat cream cheese (don’t forget the coffee)!
Unsure if something contains whole grains? You can look for the yellow whole grain stamp on prepackaged products if you are looking for something ‘on-the-go’ at Outtakes. Great examples of some ‘on-the-go’ whole grain items that you can find on campus are certain granola bars, certain cereals, fruit and yogurt parfaits, as well as pre-made sandwiches and wraps.
Now you know where you can find some whole grains on campus this month. Go celebrate! #WholeGrainsMonth
Stay Healthy, Ospreys!
For more information on whole grains, check out https://wholegrainscouncil.org/