whole grain sampling day

I have and always will be a huge fan of whole grains.  It was in my diet growing up and now I will instill my knowledge to my daughter.  A couple months ago I was asked to be a whole grain brand ambassador for Whole Grain Sampling Day.  Here are some whole grain recipes to help celebrate today.

I received a generous jam-packed box full of whole grain goodies plus a shirt.  Giveaway below for one A Zesty Bite reader to win the same box.

whole grain sampling day

What is a whole grain?

whole grain sampling day

 

If you remove the bran and germ portion then the grain is refined.  However, it is now missing two-thirds of many essential nutrients. A whole grain will consist of all three parts.

The next time you are at the store be sure to look for the following stamps on your food packages to see if they are whole grain.

whole grain sampling day

 

Some fun facts about whole grains from the Whole Grain Council:

  • 81% of Americans say they’re trying to eat more whole grains
  • Corn has almost twice the antioxidant activity of apples, while wheat and oats almost equal broccoli and spinach in health – protective antioxidant activity.
  • Eating an average of 2.5 servings of whole grain foods each day can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by almost one-quarter.
  • Three servings a day of whole grains cuts blood pressure, reducing stroke risks by 15-20%, according to a 2010 study from Scotland.

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GIVEAWAY TIME:  You must be living in the United States and over the age of 18.  I will randomly draw a winner on April 7th.  If the winner hasn’t responded within 24 hours another winner we be selected from the comments.

Giveaway Entries:

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Disclosure: I received a selection of whole grain products to sample but was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

A huge thank you to all of the 2014 Whole Grain Sampling Day Sponsors who participated in the bloggers box.
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.

   

47 Responses to “Join me for Whole Grain sampling day {Giveaway}”

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    gala — April 2, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I always loved whole wheat anything

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    SandyN — April 2, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I love whole wheat bread, and oatmeal.

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    danielle — April 2, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I love oats

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — April 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

    This is such a fun idea! You know I love me some oats!

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    Jeffrey — April 2, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I eats oatmeal every morning and usually add quinoa and teff to the mix. I make up a batch of the quinoa and teff, place it in the fridge for the week and add it to my oatmeal just before its finished cooking. My favorite breakfast includes the previously listed ingredients as well as bananas, dried cranberries, walnuts and honey. I only buy bread made with whole wheat flour and am currently trying to muster up the courage to make my own.

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    Jeffrey — April 2, 2014 at 9:07 am

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Such a great giveaway! My favorite whole grain has gotta be quinoa – so versatile!

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    Mary W — April 2, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I a fan of barley, wheat, rye, oats and rice. I cook with many more and enjoy learning about whole grains.

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    Mary W — April 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I follow and like on Facebook.

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    Mary W — April 2, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I follow on Twitter.

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    Ginny — April 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

    This is a very informative post – thanks so much.

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    Elizabeth — April 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I love whole grain organic bread and whole grain pasta.

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    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — April 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Wow-what an awesome giveaway! My favorite is definitely quinoa, and I already like you on facebook (philia kelnhofer) and follow you on twitter (@sweetphi) :)

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    The Peace Patch — April 2, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Quinoa is my current favorite but I love exotic rices like Forbidden Rice and Jasmine Rice. :)

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    Margot C — April 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I love (love!) oatmeal.

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    Jeanne G — April 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I love barley and oats – first time to your blog, it’s now in my “favorites”.

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    tripp — April 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I love oats, whole wheat, and quinoa!

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    I followed you on facebook.

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    Dawn — April 2, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I love my oatmeal every morning!

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — April 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    awesome giveaway!

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    Joelen — April 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    What a great sampling of treats!

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    Alicia — April 2, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I love adding oatmeal, wheat germ and whole wheat flour to recipes.

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    Leroi — April 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Loving the Whole grain breads and pasta!! I can never fail a meal with those.

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    Laura C. — April 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I really love to make homemade granola and put all kinds of whole grains in it! Oates, quinoa, hemp seeds, chia seeds, toasted wheat germ.

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    Laura C. — April 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I already like your site on FB. Laura Parker Craig

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    rachel — April 3, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Oats, quinoa, whole wheat…I’m a fan!

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    David — April 3, 2014 at 3:29 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.

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    Karen D — April 3, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I like many whole grains: brown rice, whole wheat, barley, whole rye, quinoa, and more!

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    gala — April 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

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    Susan P. — April 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I use whole wheat and multi grain breads and cook with quinoa, barley and oats. I’d love to expand my palette .

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    pete — April 4, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    oatmeal

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    sydney — April 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    oatmeal with butter

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    meredith — April 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I like cous cous

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