Okay, so ringing in the new year has caused me to re-think some of my eating habits. They certainly weren’t the best choices before, but I am no doing my hardest to eat right, and seriously watch my portion size.
With this new outlook comes the realization that whole grain is really, really good for you. So changing my diet is easy with General Mills Whole Grain marked boxes. Their products actually have whole grain listed as the first ingredient on the nutritional panel. THAT’S HUGE! So many other cereals make the claims on the front of the box, but rarely back it up where it counts.
What’s great about General Mills, is that they’re adding the white check to the boxes so it’s easy to spot:
With all the health messages facing grocery store shoppers, it can be confusing to translate what appears on food labels into nutritional needs, and hard to determine which foods have a meaningful amount of whole grain. Dr. Stork has some additional recommendations to help you include whole grain easily into your diet. They include:
Start Early! The Dietary Guidelines recommend people get at least 48 grams of whole grain in their daily diets. Get a jump-start on the day´s nutrition by incorporating whole grain into your morning routine. For instance, when choosing cereal make sure whole grain is listed as the first ingredient. One easy choice is cereal with the white check, which have more whole grain than any other single ingredient.
Make Simple Swaps. Choose whole grain versions of the foods you love. Great options include whole wheat pasta and whole wheat bread or even whole grain crackers. Also, try different types of whole grain. Use brown rice instead of white rice as a side dish at dinner or popcorn, which is a whole grain, for a snack.
Don´t Judge a Food by Its Cover. The front of food packages provide good nutritional cues, but don´t forget to read the ingredients and check the nutrition label and side labels for additional health information. Cereals with the white check even include the amount of whole grain per serving on packaging.
To help with choosing products with whole grain, General Mills developed “Fast Lane for Whole Grain,” an online educational game. Consumers can navigate virtual grocery store aisles and identify products that have whole grain as the first ingredient, with the option to enter a sweepstakes to win one of each of the 50 cereals with the white check. Make a commitment to add more whole grain to your diet by simply pouring a bowl of cereal with the white check including Cheerios®, Lucky Charms®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, Honey Nut Cheerios® and Total®. For more information on the importance of whole grain and a chance to enter the “Fast Lane for Whole Grain” sweepstakes, visit www.WholeGrainNation.com.
Now, for the goodies! You can win this pack of General Mills Whole Grain Cereal:
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The winner will be chosen on Friday, February 3rd at 10:00am. They will have 24 hours to respond. Thanks for being a Domestic Debacle reader, and good luck!
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