Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to chat about grains. Many people have developed a fear of grains because of an aversion to gluten. However, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans calls for six servings of grains daily! Adding a variety of whole grains into your diet will help you reach your daily fiber goal (at least 21 grams!) and will help balance your blood glucose levels. Whole grains are also delicious and can help add healthy variety to your diet. Plus, many are gluten free!

Some of our favorite whole grains include:
– Freekah
– Bulgur Wheat
– Barley
– Farro
– Quinoa (gluten free!)
– Millet (gluten free!)

When purchasing whole grains, avoid those which are described as “pearled” or “semi-pearled.” This means that part of the grain has been removed, and it isn’t really “whole” anymore.

Whole grains can be added to meals in many ways. If making a stir fry, serve the vegetables and protein over quinoa instead of white rice. When eating a pureed soup, pour it over some farro or barley. Add freekah to a salad for a bit of extra protein, fiber, and flavor! Looking for a quick snack? Chopped apples and walnuts stirred into quinoa with a dash of cinnamon is delicious! And incredibly nutritious!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!