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Holidays are a great time to share special foods with people you care about.
If you’re a whole grain lover, now’s the time to introduce your friends and family to some of your favorite whole grains. Like many people, they may be surprised to ﬁnd that they don’t have to choose between “tastes good” and “good for you” – they can have it all with whole grains.
Cookbooks: the Gift that Keeps on Giving
Give your favorite home cook one of the many new whole grain cookbooks introduced this year. With any luck, she’ll invite you over to sample some of her favorites in January.
We’ve created a list of the best whole grain cookbooks here on our website, including these titles by WGC culinary advisors and members:
Betty Crocker Whole Grains: Easy Everyday Recipes
Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor
Robin Asbell’s The New Whole Grains Cookbook
Lorna Sass’s Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way
Hodgson Mill Whole Grain Baking
King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains
- Dun Giﬀord & Sara Baer-Sinnott’s The Oldways Table
The Oldways Table is a lot more than a whole grains cookbook – it’s a great compendium of engaging conversations and narratives about food, including stories and recipes from leading chefs, cheese-makers, vintners and bakers around the world. But of course – with a great section on whole grains!
Wrap Up Some Home-made Treats
Home-made treats make some of the best gifts. As a bonus, you can make them with your kids. Who knows – you may even start a new family tradition! If you haven’t had the chance to get a new whole grain cookbook for yourself yet, here are links to some great giftable recipes here on the WGC website:
Give Yourself the Gift of Good Health
Don’t forget yourself, in the middle of the busy holidays. Whole grains have been shown to oﬀer an incredible array of health beneﬁts. Make sure to get a serving of whole grain at every meal, every day. Here are some easy ideas for the whole grain part of each meal:
|Monday||whole grain bagel||stuﬀed whole grain pita||popcorn||brown rice stir fry|
|Tuesday||whole grain raisin toast||sandwich on rye bread||whole grain crackers||whole grain pasta|
|Wednesday||whole grain cereal||whole grain wrap||oatmeal cookie||tacos in corn tortillas|
|Thursday||oatmeal||sub sandwich on whole grain roll||whole grain chips||wild rice|
|Friday||whole grain English muﬃn||whole grain veggie burger||whole grain granola bar||bulgur pilaf|
|Saturday||whole grain waﬄes||hamburger on whole grain bun||whole grain graham crackers||homemade pizza on whole grain pita crust|
|Sunday||whole grain pancakes||barley mushroom soup||whole grain pretzels||whole grain cornbread|
Click here if you’d like to download a printer-friendly PDF of the table above, along with other tips for whole grains.