Salty Maple-Pecan Popcorn Balls

Anyone who grew up making popcorn balls will remember fondly the quick, hot work of shaping the sticky mixture into balls that would quickly set up. It’s an old-fashioned treat that we’re bringing back because they’re a 100% whole-grain dessert. That’s right—popcorn is a whole grain, and popcorn balls are an easy way to turn those grains into a sweet, […]

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Whole-Grain Snacks: Where Delicious Meets Nutritious

Whole grains are healthier than their refined counterparts. But not every food that contains whole grains is necessarily an inherently healthy choice. Some whole grain items (like some muffins, granola bars, and kettle popcorn, for example) can be full of sugar! It’s important to check the labels to get the whole picture – and we can help explain what to […]

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Five on Friday: 5 Snacks You Should Make for This Weekend’s Football Parties

My team’s flag is flying outside my house. My phone background is changed to a scene from one of my favorite games. My ringtone is the fight song. My team colors are pulled back to the front of the closet. In short, it’s the most wonderful time of year: college football season. This fall, many of us will be sitting around […]

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Work Off Stress With Our Labor Day BBQ Playlist

You deserve a break (honestly, don’t we all?!). It’s a three-day weekend, and to celebrate your day off, we’ve cooked up your new favorite sunny days soundtrack. We don’t mean to toot our own horn, but it’s perfect for sipping margaritas by the pool at one last summer barbecue. Our “Labor Day BBQ” playlist on Spotify is specially crafted with feel-good picks from Cooking Light editors. Here’s what they had to say about their […]

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Whole Grains Steal the (Side) Show

When you think of whole grains, brown rice or oats might immediately come to mind. Although those two are tasty classics, the whole grain horizon goes far beyond them and even includes some unexpected contenders, like corn. From farro and barley to quinoa and kamut (and everything in between), there’s a great big whole-grain world out there waiting to complement […]

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The Biggest Myths about Grains and Health

Does conflicting diet advice leave you frozen in the grocery store? Here at the Oldways Whole Grains Council, we hear our fair share of wild rumors; so today we’re busting some of the biggest myths about grains and health. Myth 1: Whole Grains Make You Gain Weight While eating too much of anything can make you fat, grains play no […]

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How to Bake with Whole Grains

While all-purpose flour is often treated as a flavorless blank slate in breads and pastries, whole grain flours present an opportunity to layer complex aromas and textures into dishes. The best results come from recipes written specifically for whole grains, as these are designed to showcase their pleasantly hearty texture and rich, nutty flavor. But even your oldest family recipes […]

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Cooking Light College Football Kickoff

Finally! The week we’ve all been waiting for with anxious hearts and baited breath is here. No, I’m not referring to Kanye’s announcing he plans on ruining the lives of every American come 2020. It’s COLLEGE FOOTBALL TIME, you silly gooses! Dust off the grills, break out the jerseys, smear on the face paint, and get ready to blindly argue with family members that […]

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Taste Test Award Winner: Halo Top Ice Cream

I’m an unabashed ice cream glutton. I’ve been through just about every flavor that comes in a pint-size container. And I always find that 1/2-cup serving size laughable. A half cup is generally what I have on the way from the freezer to the couch if we’re being completely honest. So recently, when we were sampling different flavors from Halo […]

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5 Party Essentials Everyone Should Have

Whether you’re starting your entertaining collection for the first time or simply just want an update, collecting the right essential items can help you throw together the perfect party or gathering, no matter the time of year. Here, a few tips to keep in mind so you build a collection that’s just right for you and your style. 1. Picking the Perfect Plates When it comes to […]

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