Easy Ways to Eat More Whole Grains

Whole grains are good for health and excellent for weight control as they help to fill you up and control your appetite. You can get full with whole-grain foods for a lot fewer calories than with more processed grains.

Try these tips for increasing the amount of good-for-you whole grains in your diet.

  • Substitute half the white flour in your recipes with whole wheat flour. This works for bread, cookies, muffins, pancakes, etc. Note: Depending on the recipe, you may need to add a little extra fluid.
  • Add oats to cookies, pancakes, and desserts such as apple crisp
  • Pop popcorn! Popcorn is an often neglected whole grain. If you pop it yourself at home you can control how much extra butter and salt gets added
  • Add half a cup of a whole grain such as cooked bulgur, wild rice, barley, or rye berries to soups and stuffing
  • Use whole corn meal in place of regular corn meal
  • Make all your favorite grain dishes such as risottos and pilafs with brown rice, bulgur, or quinoa
  • Cook whole wheat pasta for all your favorite pasta dishes
  • Look for breakfast cereals made from whole grain ingredients like kamut, buckwheat, or grano (wheat berries)