Have a Whole Grain September

September is Whole Grains Month, and we’ll be celebrating all month long. Whole grains are an important part of a balanced diet. In fact, MyPlate indicates you should make at least half your daily serving of grains whole. Whole grains include all three parts of the kernel – bran, endosperm and germ. Foods made from whole grains contain all the essential parts and naturally occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed in its original proportions. But you may be wondering, why are whole grains important? The Whole Grains Council showcases a multitude of medical research exclaiming the health benefits of whole grains. Whole grains help reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity and more.

Sorghum is an exceptional whole grain to add to your plate. Not only is whole grain sorghum an important source of plant-based protein, it is also an excellent source of dietary fiber that helps promote digestive health. Certain types of sorghum are also rich in antioxidants, which may help lower your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurological diseases. This super grain can be used like rice or quinoa to prepare delicious side dishes, entrees and snacks. The grain is easy to cook using your oven, stovetop, slow cooker or rice cooker. Sorghum can even be frozen and then reheated without losing its great taste.

6 Ways to Add Whole Grain Sorghum to your DietChanging your lifestyle, including your eating habits, can be difficult. But it doesn’t have to be! Here are six easy ways to incorporate whole grain sorghum into your diet and be on your way to a healthier you.

  1. Try adding whole grain sorghum to your favorite smoothie for a power boost.

  2. Eat a new cereal for breakfast made with whole grains. There are many cereals on grocery store shelves made with sorghum, including Peanut Butter Cheerios, Kashi GoLean Vanilla Pepita Clusters Cereal and Special K Gluten Free Cereal.

  3. Make a sandwich for lunch using whole grain bread. Bake your own bread at home using whole grain sorghum flour or purchase a loaf at your local grocery store – Canyon Bakehouse, Namaste and Udi’s are few brands you might be able to locate.

  4. Pair a whole grain sorghum side dish with any meal of the week. From pilaf and risotto to salad – the possibilities with sorghum are endless.

  5. Bake a dessert with whole grain sorghum flour. These Sorghum Blueberry-Lemon Muffins are delightful.

  6. Try popped sorghum for a mid-day or evening snack. Or even try these KIND Popped Healthy Grains Bars made with popped sorghum. Let us know how you plan to serve sorghum this Whole Grains Month.

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