Dark Chocolate Nut Bars

Healthy Nut Bars with Dark Chocolate Drizzle...more

Grains the Right Way

When it comes to grains, to derive the optimal nutritional benefit, you’ll want to always go for whole! Whole grains provide essential enzymes, iron, fiber, vitamin E, and B-complex vitamins. In addition, because your body absorbs them slowly, they give you sustained fuel that won’t send your blood sugar levels spiking and plummeting....more

How to eat real food in 8 easy steps

I took a real food mini-pledge this week, staying away from processed foods and refined grains, such as white bread, rice, and pasta. Read more at How to eat real food in 8 easy steps....more

Eat From the Fountain of Youth!

Eat From the Fountain of Youth:  5 Food Groups that Keep You Looking Young What is the secret of staying youthful and aging well? How can we best fight off the toll time takes on our bodies? What many people don’t realize in their quest for eternal youth is that the secret to staving off Father Time lies not so much in that shot of botox, bottle of supplements or on the plastic surgeon’s table but is much more dependant on what is being routinely served on your dinner plate....more

Weekend Menu Planning: Celebrate Whole Grains Month with Brown Rice on the Menu!

Let's finish up our celebration of whole grains month with some new thoughts and recipes for brown rice. You may not realize it, but brown rice now appears on the FDA list of whole grains, after being added last year. Sometimes brown rice can get a bit of a bum rap, and there's no denying it's a little trickier to cook than white rice. No worries though because food bloggers have some great ideas for turning brown rice into a menu item that will make you pay attention! ...more

I really like the nuttiness of brown rice, and it goes great with beans. The black beans and ...more

Weekend Menu Planning: Celebrate Whole Grains Month by Cooking with Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is one of the big nutritional superstars that's become popular the last few years. Although it's considered a grain, the edible seeds are the most eaten part of the plant, and because it's high in complete protein, quinoa is more nutritious than rice and wheat, making it a popular choice for vegetarians. And just when you think it couldn't get any better, quinoa is easy to cook and adaptable to many uses. ...more

Next up is brown rice, which should also be good for gluten-free!

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Weekend Menu Planning: Celebrate Whole Grains Month by Cooking with Bulgur

Recently I was visiting my father and happened to pick up a small local newspaper that was on his table, only to discover that September is Whole Grains Month! This was the first I'd heard about it, but I'm a whole grains woman every month of the year, so I'd never pass up a chance to encourage people to eat more whole grains. To get the celebration started, let's take a look at bulgur, a whole grain that doesn't even have to be cooked! ...more

And how fun to hear you've tried some of the other recipes too.  I was looking for ...more

Brown Rice Now Appears on the FDA List of Whole Grains

It wasn't exactly front page news, but earlier this year the FDA officially added brown rice to the list of foods that can be labeled whole grains. Previously rules about fiber content had kept brown rice from making the list. Of course you may be scratching your head if you already considered brown rice to be a whole grain, but this new ruling makes it crystal clear that eating brown rice is a very good thing. ...more

-- I've figured out an even better way to cook brown rice -- or at least a faster alternative ...more

Really, Whole Grain Cookies Can Taste Great!

People who know me well also know how much pleasure I get from baking. ...more

Recipes for Whole Grains to Help You Lose Weight and Reduce Belly Fat

Want to lose weight, especially around the middle? Cooking with more whole grains can help, according to a study released earlier this year. Even better, whole grains may have other health benefits. ...more

That really surprised me that whatever company is selling oats as "gluten-free" is getting away ...more