Start Your Day Off Right with Whole Grains!

Did your dad or mom ever tell you that “a bowl of oatmeal (or other whole-grain cereal) has benefits that last all day”?

The fibre and complex carbohydrates in whole grains will help you feel fuller longer. Whole grains help lower LDL, also known as “bad” cholesterol, and can help you lose weight. An advantage of eating oatmeal for breakfast is that you will be less likely to snack and/or overeat at lunch. Some examples of whole grains include wild rice, popcorn, brown rice, quinoa, and barley.

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Carbohydrates give you energy but too much is too much and some are better for you than others. Beans, and whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat, have more fibre and will not increase sugar levels as much. The good news of course is that these complex carbohydrates help to lower your cholesterol and keep you feeling fuller for longer.  The “white” carbs found in white bread, white potatoes, white rice, and pastries, boost blood sugar levels quickly, which causes you to feel hungry much sooner, and make you more likely to snack and overeat.

Try this delicious recipe for fibre and fuel!

Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 2 ¼ cups fortified soy or rice milk
  • 4 ½ cups sweet potatoes or yams, cooked
  • 4 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons cinnamon
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Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If you prefer a chunkier pudding, stir in the oats after the other ingredients have been blended.


– Karen Stearne, Food Exemplary
Heart Niagara, karen.stearne@heartniagara.com

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