Happy Whole Grains Sampling Day!

by lisa on April 1, 2014 · 46 comments

whole grains recipesApril 2nd is  Whole Grain Sampling Day and all across the world, people will be eating and trying healthy whole grains.  Oldways  and The Whole Grain Council  started this initiative in 2012 to raise awareness on the health benefits of eating whole grains.  They also taste so good!

I love the texture and nuttiest of whole grains. They are loaded with all kinds of nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin C, folate and fiber.  Eating 2.5 servings a day can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by almost one quarter. Foods such as whole wheat bread and flour, rice, cereal, and popcorn are big parts of my family’s diet.

Since I love whole grains, I was selected to be an ambassador for this special event.  I received a huge box of goodies and I will also get to give one away to a lucky reader.  Thanks to these brands for sharing their goodies!

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Among Friends, Attune Foods, Barbara’s Bakery, Bob’s Red Mill, Carl Brandt/Mestemacher, ConAgra Mills,Dr. Kracker, Freekehlicious, Goose Valley Natural Foods, HomeFree Treats, Jovial Foods, Late July, Lotus Foods, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Mondelez, Pamela’s Products, Panos/Sesmark, Popsalot Gourmet Popcorn, Real McCoy’s Snax, Roman Meal, Rhythm Superfoods, Teeccino, Upfront Foods, Way Better Snacks

To win,  all you have to do is leave a comment. Please leave the comment by Sunday, April 6th 11:59pm. I will be picking the winner on Monday, April 7th.  You must have a US address to enter. Good luck everyone!

Now for a few of my favorite whole grain recipes:

Chocolate Chip Banana Breakfast Muffins

Whole Grain Banana Pecan Pancakes

Whole Wheat Pasta with White Beans and Kale

Spicy Grilled Egg, Avocado and Cheese Sandwich

Here is one of my whole grains taste testers. Whole grain snacks make doing homework so much better!

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Happy Whole Grains Day! Make sure to try a new grain this week!

**For full disclosure, I was provided with a box of whole grain goodies to try as well as one to give away. As usual, all opinions are my own.

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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 2, 2014 at 10:43 am

What a great giveaway! Gotta make sure to get my whole grain fix today then… and tomorrow, and the next day. Can’t wait to check out your delicious whole grain recipes, too!


Nikki s April 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm

So many whole grain products…I want to try them all. I love that whole grains are seeing their share of the limelight.


Amber April 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Love whole grains! Sounds like an awesome giveaway. Thanks for hosting and sharing your recipes1


John April 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Loved that Vietnamese cinnamon popcorn!


Carol at Wild Goose Tea April 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Good choice of pictures for the different ways that whole grains can show up in
delicious ways. Made me check the recipes out. Picture Power!!!!!


Karen Harris April 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Your recipes look wonderful. Love those pancakes. Great giveaway.


Marnely Rodriguez-Murray April 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Love all the recipes you shared – I love adding whole wheat flour to pancakes for an extra dose of healthy!


The Peace Patch April 3, 2014 at 5:31 am

Thanks for sharing your recipes! I think your pasta recipe would be delicious with any grain especially quinoa…yumza! Cheers!


Pam April 3, 2014 at 11:28 am

What a tasty box of goodies to receive in the mail!


Kathy Fleming April 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I can’t wait to try these. Whole grains are a good choice for diabetics. ingliskf@gmail.com


latanya April 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

I would love to try some of these products.


Danielle @ TheCharmItSpot April 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Happy belated Whole Grains Day!! Love the recipes you shared, everything looks great! Love me some whole grains.


David April 3, 2014 at 4:28 pm

My favorite product made with whole grains is cereal. Various brands advertise their cereals as whole grain, even the larger makers. I eat a bowl every morning.


Jennifer Juenke April 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I love your cooking and your recipes. I would love to win this great prize pack! Thank you for offering such a great prize


Taryn T. April 3, 2014 at 8:28 pm

What an awesome giveaway! There are many of my favorite brands here, and I would love for my kiddos to try the pretzels, rice puffs, and ramen!


Katherine Donovan April 3, 2014 at 9:23 pm

I am becoming more health conscious in my old age (Im 44, lol) I am also teaching my grandson to appreciate good, health food 🙂


laurie steiner April 3, 2014 at 10:41 pm

it’s great that there are so many products to choose from these days that offer more than white flour!


Crystal Veasey April 3, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Wow, this all looks amazing! Fingers crossed, I know me and my kids will enjoy all of these yummy snacks! Thanks for the oppertunity!


CHRISTINA DUTRA April 4, 2014 at 12:59 am

whole grain all the way!!! <3 so many great products, i would love to try them!!


Traci Newcomb April 4, 2014 at 7:40 am

What an awesome giveaway thanks for the opportunity to win such an amazing prize. Good luck everyone!


Karen D April 4, 2014 at 8:43 am

I regularly use whole grains: wheat berries for flour/baking, brown rice, barley, quinoa, rye berries, and whole oats that we roll ourselves for oatmeal.


rachel April 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

I love that popcorn is actually a whole grain — so delicious!


gala April 4, 2014 at 11:28 am

What a great giveaway! We love buckweat — cold or hot, and whole wheat homemade bread


Diana April 4, 2014 at 11:56 am

Oh man, that selection is awesome! I can’t stomach anything other than whole grains anymore!


Margot C April 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

That is some mega-prize; nice to know that we tree hugging whole grains types can do the bigger is better too (our own way).


Erica Lynn April 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm

what an awesome giveaway!!! nothing better than great food 🙂


Mellissa M April 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm

I have got to try that banana muffin recipe! It sounds great. So does this giveaway! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂


Julie April 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm

what a great giveaway thanks 🙂


sharon April 4, 2014 at 8:27 pm

i would love to win this prize package for my family!


Daraya April 4, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Mmm! I love whole grains and try to have whole grains as part of every meal! 🙂


Alisha Hodges April 4, 2014 at 11:52 pm

I’ve been trying to switch all of the foods in our house over to whole grains. I want my daughter to eat good foods and not grow up with bad eating habits like I did. She loves all kinds of grain foods, so this is definitely the thing I need to be focused on right now. Everything in your box looks really good and kind of exciting.


KHBride April 5, 2014 at 1:04 am

I love wheat! I’d also love to try these new products!!


Kaitlin Collins April 5, 2014 at 1:32 am

I love whole grains! I used to try to keep a low-carb diet but I could never stick to it since I love grains so much. Crackers are my weakness. I love them with hummus, cheese, peanut butter, and just about everything! My favorite “healthy” dip is simply plain, nonfat greek yogurt mixed with chopped sun-dried tomatoes and a bit of the oil they come with. Stir it up, add some salt and pepper, and its delish!


Kayla Siers April 5, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Looks yummy!!!


Holly Mitkowski April 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!! I am vegan and I see a lot of goodies I can eat which is rare!! 🙂


Casey April 5, 2014 at 9:10 pm

It all looks so good. Thank you for the opportunity to win.


Heather R April 6, 2014 at 12:04 am

I’ve started making a real effort to eat breakfast, and those belvita biscuits are great when you really don’t feel like dealing with anything beyond your morning coffee! I’d like to try some of these things I haven’t tried, as well


heidi b April 6, 2014 at 12:05 am

What an amazing collection of terrific healthy foods to give away. Thank you!


Stephanie April 6, 2014 at 12:45 am

Wow, what a selection. I’ve tried some of the foods, been interested in other, while yet others would be new to me. Thanks for the opportunity to win and taste these goodies.


Andrea Nugent April 6, 2014 at 5:35 am

Those chocolate chip banana breakfast muffins look divine! What a great giveaway… seems like a lot of great healthy snacks to introduce your kids to snacking healthier.


Madison April 6, 2014 at 8:07 am

Yum this all looks so good!


Jessica April 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Whole grain is a way of life in my family!


Emily April 6, 2014 at 12:40 pm

What a fun giveaway- it looks delicious!! Would love to try some of these products.


Gracie L, April 6, 2014 at 6:49 pm

I am trying to eat healthier lately and this prize would be good for my snack fixes!


Kobi HensleyS April 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm

What a great variety of healthy products! I love trying new items ♥


Jamie Howe April 9, 2014 at 4:45 am

We enjoy whole grains in our house too, since my husband is a diabetic.


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