Celebrate Whole Grains Month in September
September is whole grains month and every year the Whole Grains Council celebrates with special events and promotions all month. This year we'll be running an Instagram photo contest throughout the entire month of September.
Our 2016 contest theme will be #SpotWholeGrains Away From Home. Each day we'll feature a new whole grain restaurant item on our Instagram account (@Oldways_PT), and encourage others to #SpotWholeGrains wherever they're eating out. We'll regram some of our favorites – and enter everyone who participates into a random drawing for gift cards from leading chain restaurants serving whole grain options.
Participants who share where they #SpotWholeGrains away from home will be entered to win a gift card for one of these restaurants:
California Pizza Kitchen: whole grain menu items include the Quinoa + Arugula salad, a Hearth-Roasted Halibut served with butternut squash farro and baby kale, a multigrain penne option for pasta dishes, and a whole wheat crust option for pizzas
Maggiano's Little Italy: whole grain pasta is available for most pasta dishes
Subway: 9-Grain Wheat and 9-Grain Honey Oat breads are available for all sandwiches, and deliver 24g of whole grains per serving
Pret: plentiful whole grain options, including a Thai Chicken Power Lunch on a bed of lentils a quinoa, a Grains and Greens salad with quinoa, a Sweet Potato and Curry Cauliflower Quinoa Rice Pot, a hot chicken burrito stuffed with red quinoa, an egg and quinoa pot, bircher muesli, a blueberry and granola pot, five grain oatmeal, steel cut oatmeal, and a plethora of sandwiches (such as balsamic chicken and avocado, or cheddar and tomato) that come standard on 9-grain granary bread.
We'll also be giving out a bundle of discount coupons for whole grain products, with every order placed from the Oldways webstore during September 2016. It's yet another way to celebrate Whole Grains Month!
Curious about what we did in 2015? Check it out.
Click on the graphic below to get some suggestions for your own personal celebration of Whole Grains Month.
What else does the Whole Grains Council do?
Here are a few more ways the WGC celebrates Whole Grains Month every year:
Support for Health Professionals. Teachers, RDs, doctors, and nurses are helping us spread the word about the health benefits of whole grains. And we're supporting them with educational materials, "Just Ask for Whole Grains" buttons and stickers, and posters, through our "Just Ask for Whole Grains" campaign. If you're an educator, order your free educational materials ahead of time, so you'll be ready for Whole Grains Month.
Sampling and Coupons. Members of the Whole Grains Council offer special consumer promotions, including discount coupons, new product introductions and instore sampling.
The Whole Grains Store Tour. We've designed a great resource for supermarkets – or community health professionals – who want to introduce the public to whole grains. Click here to learn more about this kit, which can be downloaded from the Resources section of this website. It's now available in both English and Spanish. You'll also want to check out the whole grain resources on the website of our sister program, The Oldways Nutrition Exchange.