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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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Kids Take Whole Grains to the White House

July 15, 2015

Even though the USDA reports that over 90% of schools are successfully implementing new nutrition requirements for whole grains, you’ve probably heard a tale or two about pushback against whole grains. It’s that same old story: bad news and sensational headlines from a tiny minority grab our attention, while the good news from the vast majority gets left on the cutting room floor. 

News flash: kids like whole grains, especially when they’re incorporated into kid-tested recipes – or even better, kid-created recipes. Rather than debate what youngsters will or will not eat in the cafeteria, let's take a step back and check out the recipes that the children themselves have come up with.

A Guide to Grains & Grills

July 1, 2015

The Summer Solstice brings longer days, warmer weather and the long awaited BBQ season. With the Fourth of July coming up this weekend, outdoor grilling menus are coming together and grocery lists are being made. Some people think of whole grains as being a heartier fall or winter choice, but we want to show you where to add those whole grains to your list for your next midsummer gathering.

Whole Grains at the Airport?

June 24, 2015

This week I'm traveling to Portland, OR for the Whole Grain Summit 2015, where I'm speaking about Communicating the Science of Whole Grains. Although I flew Jet Blue – which serves snacks, including whole grain chocolate chip cookies – I was pretty hungry when I landed at PDX. 

But can I really find whole grains at the airport? I was pleasantly surprised to find that the answer is yes. Airport food has come a long way in recent years, offering some decent options for someone who likes Real Food, including whole grains. Here's a pictorial review of what I found.

Home Baking Association Shares Tips to Get Kids in the Kitchen

June 17, 2015

Dietitians and health professionals know that good nutrition starts in the kitchen. That’s why we’re excited to share some healthy home baking tips from Sharon Davis, of the Home Baking Association. Home baking is a great way to build traditions, explore history and culture, develop necessary life skills, build self-esteem, save money, and learn about food and ingredients. Check out Sharon’s guest blog below to learn more about healthy whole grain baking.

By Sharon Davis, Home Baking Association

The Science of Great Tasting Grains

June 10, 2015

Over the weekend, I watched an episode of the Netflix original series Chef’s Table, featuring award winning New York chef Dan Barber. What captivated me about this particular episode, and this chef, was the way in which he discussed the “farm-to-table” movement in a completely new way. What really got my attention was his trip out to Lakeview Organic Grain Farm in Penn Yan, New York, where he discovered the science behind great tasting grains.

Carb Common Sense

June 3, 2015

Carbohydrates have been the mainstay of diets around the world for thousands of years, but recently they’ve been under attack on the web and in some best-selling diet books, leaving the average person thoroughly confused. Let’s break through that confusion, with a simple way to think about your carbohydrate choices.

Do you even know what “a carbohydrate” is? Every bite of food we eat is made up of three different macronutrients – fat, protein and carbohydrate – and most foods are some combination of the three.  Here’s how some common foods break down into their macronutrient parts: 

Simply Ancient Grains: Q + A with author Maria Speck

May 27, 2015

Simply Ancient Grains was perhaps the most anticipated cookbook of the year here at the Whole Grains Council, and we are happy to report that Maria Speck’s thoughtfully written recipe collection exceeded our expectations! The long awaited follow up to her 2011 award-winning book, Ancient Grains for Modern Meals (another WGC favorite), this stunning new cookbook offers a wealth of delectable dishes that showcase the rich, nutty flavors of whole grains.

You CAN Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

May 20, 2015

Muffins are one of the classic foods that come to mind when you think about a beautiful breakfast spread. They’re offered up as breakfast options in most coffee shops, bakeries, cafes and diners, and play a large role in most continental breakfasts served at hotels, resorts and conferences. Muffins are individually sized, come in a wide variety of both sweet and savory flavors, and are conveniently packaged for easy transport.  They’re the perfect breakfast option for those busy mornings, right? 

Over 2/3 of Americans Seeking More Whole Grains

May 12, 2015

When Americans look at the labels on food packaging, what’s the one ingredient they’re checking for more than anything else? Whole grains.

That’s according to the Food & Health Survey 2015 from IFIC (the International Food Information Council). This is the tenth year that IFIC has done their very comprehensive survey, which always offers great insights into Americans’ attitudes (and behavior!) related to food. Here are some of the questions and answers we found especially intriguing:

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