We have forgotten in our modern cities what soil looks like, what it is to plunge our andquot;refinedandquot; hands into the moist earth and reap the fertile results. The big health push for whole grains has reminded us of the importance of whole foods. We are relearning the nutritional benefits of unrefined and uncooked foods. Specifically the benefits of whole wheat kernels, also called wheat berries.
Getting Back to Healthy Ways
As a soft or hard grain, wheat berries can be added to bread (baked with) or salads, where they make a satisfying crunch sound while filling our bodies with fiber, iron and vitamins B and C. You can also mill your wheat kernels to make flour which you will then use to make all kinds of satisfying and healthy products, from pasta to bread to cookies to pastries (muffins and cookies). The kernel of whole wheat contains 3 important elements that must be present in order to earn the appellative of whole grain: endosperm, bran and germ. You can even plant the whole grain to grow your own wheat if you have the land, the time and the patience.
Just be Creative
While it may be strange to start cooking with whole grains initially, with a little creativity you'll be on your way. There are tons of whole foods recipes to choose from. Just pick something that suits your fancy and that your family can enjoy. Getting children who are accustomed to processed foods eating whole foods may be difficult as your getting started. But starting children eating whole foods at a young age will get them into good habits while they are still young.
Using More Whole Wheat
This is the point where the whole foods junkies tend to scare people away by telling them that they should use whole grain foods and nothing else. This approach tends to seem a little extreme, especially for someone who is just starting to incorporate whole foods into their diet. Adding more whole foods to your diet is something that can be done gradually. It doesn't have to be a shocking, immediate switch. Start by switching white bread for wheat bread. Start cooking with whole wheat flour. Slowly as you become more and more accustom to cooking with whole foods, it will get easier.
Reviewing the Food Pyramid
They US Food Pyramid recommends between 6 and 11 servings of whole grains a day. This can include wheat berries and other cereals, breads and pastas. On serving is 1 slice of bread or a half-cup of cereal or pasta. So it is pretty easy to gradually add whole grains to your diet, one serving at a time.