Monday, November 5, 2012

Add A Little Whole Wheat To Your Diet

Adding an extra serving or two of whole grains can increase your health in many ways.
They are high in fiber and complex carbohydrates your body needs. Whole grains may include wheat, barley, buckwheat, oats, rye and rice.

With a wheat grinder or heavy duty blender like a Vita Mix you can grind whole wheat into flour, rye into rye flour or barley into barley flour. Wheat flour and specialty whole grain flours can be bought at most supermarkets. They are best stored in the freezer as they will not last as long at room temperature as white flour does.

Add wheat flour, rye flour or barley flour in any combination to

  • homemade breads
  • pizza dough
  • quick breads
  • waffles
  • pancakes
  • muffins
  • cookies


  • Start slowly replacing wheat flour with white flour using about ½ or less wheat flour instead of white flour at first. Then increase the amount as your family gets use to the change.

    Try this Cinnamon Raisin Bread to start you out.
    1 Tablespoon yeast
    ¼ Cup sugar
    ½ Cup warm water
    ½ Cup cottage cheese
    1 Tablespoon butter
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    ¾ teaspoon salt
    1 egg
    1 Cup wheat flour
    1 Cup white flour
    ¾ Cup raisins

    In small bowl mix warm water and sugar together. Add yeast and set aside 2-3 minute. Meanwhile, in mixing bowl add cottage cheese, butter, cinnamon, salt and egg. Blend together. Add in yeast mixture and then flour. Mix until well combined and stir in raisins. Pour into a greased loaf pan and let rise 15 minutes. Preheat oven at 375 degrees and bake 30 minutes.

    Adding a little whole grains to your daily diet can help you be healthier and have more energy. The key is to start slowly and gradually make a lifetime change.


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