Make the Switch to Whole Grains

Whole grain swap

It’s that time of year again – September is Whole Grains Month! The Whole Grains Council created Whole Grains Month to promote awareness of the importance of consuming more whole grains. Why should you switch to whole grains? Whole grains may contain up to 3-5  times more nutrients compared to refined grains. When grains are refined by removing the bran and germ, two essential components of a grain, many of the nutrients are lost. The Whole Grains Council highlights studies displaying how an increased consumption of whole grains may promote better health by reducing the risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity and more. There are many types of whole grains, including barley, corn, oats, quinoa, rice, rye, sorghum, spelt, and wheat. 

Sorghum. Nature’s Super Grain© is joining in the celebration! Whole grain sorghum is full of the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Whole grain sorghum contains 10 percent protein, nearly 75 percent complex carbohydrates and is rich in B-complex vitamins. Sorghum is also an excellent source of fiber and phosphorus as well as a good source of iron, magnesium, niacin, potassium and selenium.

7 Tips to Make a Switch to Whole Grain Sorghum

More people are discovering how nutritious and delicious whole grains can be at every meal of the day. Incorporating whole grains in your typical everyday meals is easy! Get inspired by these whole-grain swaps and add a new twist to your favorite dishes!

1. Breakfast

Create a warm breakfast with whole grains – Typical breakfast cereals oftentimes contain refined grains. Using whole grain sorghum in warm breakfast cereals can help add a more nutrients to breakfast time and help fuel your day.

Berry Sorghum Breakfast Porridge

Berry Sorghum Breakfast Porridge*Recipe and photo from Triad to Wellness

2. Soup

Add a new twist to a classic soup – Traditional chicken noodle soup recipes often call for refined grains. Add in whole grain sorghum to your soup recipes for a delicious twist.

Chicken Sorghum Soup

Chicken Sorghum Soup*Recipe from Chef Hope Dillon, owner of The Drop


3. Salad

Set aside classic croutons for a new favorite that is popping up – Did you know whole grain sorghum can be popped like popcorn? Add a new delicious layer to your salads with popped sorghum!

Citrus Salad with Popped Sorghum

Citrus Salad with Popped Sorghum

4. Smoothies

Blend in whole grains – Adding whole grain sorghum to smoothies creates a thicker consistency, while packing in key nutrients.

Green Veggie and Sorghum Smoothie

Green Veggie and Sorghum Smoothie*Recipe and photo from Sorghum.JP

5. Dinner

Switch up a traditional dinner with a new favorite – Swap pasta for sorghum in your traditional pasta recipes. It’s an easy, creative whole grain twist.

Sorghum Lasagna Bowl

Sorghum Lasagna Bowl

6. Side Dishes

Mix up your side game with whole grain– Sorghum makes for an out-of-the box addition to risottos, pilafs and many other side dishes. Get creative with mealtime by switching up this international favorite with whole grain sorghum.

Asparagus and Mushroom Sorghum Risotto

Asparagus and Mushroom Sorghum Risotto*Recipe and photo from Triad to Wellness

7. Snack & Dessert

Bake with whole grain flour – Switch out refined flours with whole grain sorghum flour. Whole grain sorghum flour is especially helpful for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Banana Bread

Banana Bread*Recipe and photo from Nu Life Market

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