Candied Apple 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 Grains Make Sense – From Head to Toe

While many people vaguely understand that whole grains are healthier than refined grains, they may not be aware of how many different parts of our bodies benefit from whole grains – from head to toe – and why. Brain health. It appears that a “grain brain” may be protective against Alzheimer’s disease. In a 2015 study, seniors who ate a […]

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Is That Food Really Whole Grain?

The popularity of whole grains is on the rise. The 2015 Food & Health Survey from IFIC reported that 67% of Americans think whole grains are the most important item they look for on packages, while 70% are trying to consume more whole grains. If you are part of that 70%, the grocery aisles can seem overwhelming. How do you […]

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Taste Test Award Winner: Biena Chickpea Snacks

Sometimes I just need a spicy, crunchy, kick-in-the-pants.  And when I do, these Biena Chickpea Snacks in Habanero are my go-to.  They’re superbly crunchy, pleasantly nutty, with a strange-but-oddly-compelling texture that transforms from gritty to creamy as you snack.  Weird, yes. Delicious, absolutely. Healthy, indeed!  The best part about this addictively nutty power snack is the fact there are 6g fiber and 5g […]

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Our Favorite Whole-Grain Snacks

I’ve overseen our annual Taste Test Awards now for many years. That means I’ve tasted hundreds and hundreds of tasty (and some not-so-tasty) snacks. Our goal with this annual series is to point you toward delicious foods that are also nutritious and a smart part of a healthful diet. All winners must clock in at 200 calories or less and […]

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Rocky Road 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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5 Dishes You Need to Try This Month

September is my New Year. Sure, each calendar year technically begins in January, but as the child of a teacher, September is when the year starts anew in my book. It seems for many of us, September is also a time to restart or refresh our routine. For folks around here, school has been in session for a few weeks already. For others, […]

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Share the Goodness of Whole Grains

Happy Whole Grains Month, starting today! It’s no coincidence that the back-to-school season and Whole Grains Month (September) go hand-in-hand. Whole grains are excellent lunchbox fare, and are hearty enough to carry us into crisp, autumn days. And just as alluring as their rich taste, whole grains (grains that contain all of the kernel’s original bran, germ, and endosperm) also boast […]

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Old-Fashioned 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 Grains Quick and Easy

Whole Grains Month kicks off tomorrow, so this is a good time to answer a key question: How can you add whole grains to a busy life, when you don’t have time to simmer brown rice or wheatberries for 45 minutes? Many of us have the impression that whole grains are tricky and time-consuming to cook, but in fact, there […]

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