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When there's Big News in the Whole Grains Council, we send out a press release and post it in the press release section of this website. But every day, the momentum of whole grains moves forward in many smaller ways, which you can read about here. Come back often, and see what's new, or subscribe with our RSS feed.

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What IS a Whole Grain Food, Anyway?

April 30, 2014

Do you know what a whole grain food is? “Sure,” you may answer, without hesitation. “A side of brown rice, a slice of 100% whole wheat bread, a bowl of oatmeal – they’re all whole grain foods. It’s easy.”

It is, in fact, easy to identify simple 100% whole grain foods, especially those with short ingredient lists. I buy a tube of oatmeal, and the label has just one ingredient: oats. I fix a pot of quinoa from a bag with just one ingredient – quinoa – and have no doubts. Easy-peasy, this “whole grain food” thing.

Whole Grains in Umbria!

April 23, 2014

Last month, I was lucky enough to be included in the Oldways Culinaria trip to Umbria. Known as the green heart of Italy, Umbria is the only region in Italy that doesn’t border either water or another country. The land is exquisitely green, hilly, lush, and rich with delectable foods. The week was full of amazingly delicious cuisine, wine, and Umbrian activities, including a truffle hunt, a farm visit, and a pasta making demonstration (just to name a few!).

WG Sampling Day 2014 Picture Gallery

April 16, 2014

This year’s National Whole Grain Sampling Day was the best ever, and today’s blog will share some of the highlights. We’re going heavy on the photos, so you can get a feel for all the wonderful variety of activities that happened across the country.

We had dozens of great partners this year, including Google, one of our most creative collaborators. Google took Whole Grain Sampling Day to the international level, with all kinds of fun at their many workplace cafes.

Our friends at Google emailed saying, "We had a great time celebrating Whole Grain Sampling Day over here at Google. A great event, with huge turnout. On Wednesday, we had over 100 Google cafes around the globe participate by serving up whole grain dishes and showcasing whole grains through an additional activity." 

Happy Sprouted Grains Month!

April 9, 2014

Happy Sprouted Grains Month! That’s right everybody, sprouted grain is indeed April’s grain of the month. Here at the Whole Grains Council we get a lot of questions about sprouted grains so we thought it was high time to tell you a little more about them, where you can find them and how you can prepare them at home.

Happy Whole Grain Sampling Day!

April 2, 2014

It's here! It's here! The big day we've all been waiting for. Today is National Whole Grain Sampling Day. (True confessions: We like to sample whole grains any day, like the t-shirt here proclaims. That said, if we gotta pick one day to focus on -- here it is!)

Whole Grains at Disney Parks? (Mickey) Check!

March 26, 2014

It always makes me happy to report on companies that do good things, but when those good things involve kids and kids’ health – all the more so!  Back in January, after reading this article on Food Business News, I immediately started chasing down contacts at Disney to learn more about their healthy children’s menus.  That’s right – America’s largest theme parks are serving up healthy foods for kids which can be found all over, from kiosks to restaurants. I recently caught up with Gary Jones, the Culinary Dietary Specialist for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and heard all about the programs’ successes and future goals.  

Partnership for a Healthier (Whole Grain) America

March 17, 2014

You’ve no doubt seen headlines in which food companies pledge to cut calories, or eliminate trans fats, or reduce sodium. The initial pledge gets a big PR push – but then what happens? Do these promised changes come to pass, or not?

Before 2010, many of these well-intended pledges may have sunk without a trace. But now, a nonprofit called the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is recording these commitments, and verifying whether companies have met their goals.

Grab Your Friends and Get Baking!

March 11, 2014

I’m an avid baker and nothing makes me happier than baking for my friends; that is until I had a very intriguing email from a WGC fan and fellow baker! This woman explained that she and her friends had started a baking club and were incorporating more whole grains into their delectable treats. The only thing better than baking for your friends is baking with your friends!

Inspired by this woman’s club, I did some research and discovered that happy home bakers are uniting all over the country – all over the world, in fact -- to create edible concoctions together. Some clubs meet once a week and some once a month at a different person’s home and everyone bakes together. Each meeting has a different “theme,” for example cakes or cookies, or holiday celebrations. Once a recipe is chosen, everyone gets together to get their hands dirty! And, of course, to enjoy the results of their bake-a-thon.

The Countdown is ON!

March 5, 2014

Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!  It seems like yesterday when I came to Oldways and atop the list of achievements-to-be was “make this year’s Whole Grain Sampling Day the best yet!”  Well, I’m happy to say that with one month left till kickoff – we’re in great shape.  

Four weeks from today is the 3rd annual Whole Grain Sampling Day!  Go ahead, pull out a colored marker or highlighter and put a big ring around April 2.  There.  Now that your calendar looks like mine, let’s talk about what’s on the agenda!  

Whole Grain Resource for US School Foods

February 26, 2014

If your company is supplying whole grain foods to schools in the United States, you'll be happy to know that USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has issued a new guide to answer all your questions about foods that qualify as "whole grain-rich."

Two years ago, in the summer of 2012, new rules went into effect mandating that half the grains served in school lunches must qualify as “whole grain-rich.”  This summer, the rules ratchet up another level: all grains served in schools at breakfast and lunch must be “whole grain-rich.”

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