Monday, January 20, 2014

Wholegrain Goodness Challenge!

 How much Wholegrain do you eat?


I'm sure you all know about eating 5 portions of fruit and veg each day, but do you know the recommended portions of wholegrain? I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't. I didn't until recently. In fact since around 95% of adults in the UK don't have the recommended amount I think most of us don't know! Are you ready....? It's 3! 3 portions of wholegrain every day. Think over what you eat in a day... are you getting them all in?

If you're anything like my husband you're going to be exclaiming "how on earth am I supposed to eat all that?" but it is easier than you might think. Just a few simple changes in your shopping list and everyone will be eating wholegrain without even thinking about it!

Cereal - The big brands like Kellogg's and and Nestle all do wholegrain cereals, and naturally the smaller and supermarket home-brands follow suit. Even if you have picky kids who only like sugary cereal you'd be surprised how many are still made with wholegrain! Check the boxes, research on-line, you'd be amazed! And don't forget the more obvious choices like porridge oats.

Bread - Maybe this is obvious? Wholemeal bread has to be one of the simplest ways to get your wholegrain in. Toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, easy! I know a lot of kids (and adults too) only like white bread, so why not compromise with some of the half and half breads like Kingsmill's 50/50 or Warburtons Half and Half?

That's breakfast and lunch taken care of. Two portions down with out even thinking about it. But what about that third portion? How can you work wholegrain into that evening meal?

Again this can be so much easier than you might realise. Do you like rice? Brown rice is a wholegrain! Pasta? You can get brown/wholegrain pasta. Ditto with cous cous. We made this switch before Christmas and honestly we can't tell the difference in flavour at all so don't let that possibility put you off.

And there are so many more options too. Don't believe me? Visit WholegrainGoodness.com for more info and recipe ideas.

So, lets talk about the "Wholegrain Goodness Challenge".


This challenge (by WholegrainGoodness.com & Mumsnet.com) is to include at least ONE wholegrain in your diet each day.

Think you're up for it? 

I'm proud to be have been selected as one of 100 Mumsnet members who are officially taking part, but you don't have to be "official" to join in. If you're a member of Mumsnet you can join the conversation here: Wholegrain Goodness challenge on Mumsnet

And even if you're not you can still comment on here with your thoughts, ideas, tips and recipe links!


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