If you don't like the taste of whole grains now, odds are they just need some getting used to. Start by baking and cooking with whole grains. Whole grain flour is a great way to add a bit of heart-healthy taste to your everyday meals and desserts. If you eat a lot of rice, making the switch from white to brown rice is a delicious and nutritious way to get a bit healthier with your cuisine -- Asian-inspired and otherwise.
It's easier than you think, and you might already be doing it. Yummy foods like popcorn and granola are whole grains, but before you cuddle up with a big bowl of "butter blasted," the only healthy kind of popcorn is in its plainest form. However, there are ways to jazz it up. Combine popcorn, granola, dried fruit and nuts for a tasty midday treat that will keep you away from the vending machine.
When it comes to bread, rice and other grain-packed foods, skip the white stuff and go right for the darkest, grainiest foods you can find. Then keep nothing else in the house. White bread is packed with sugar and bleached flour, and is missing many of the vitamins, nutrients and benefits of whole grains. Keep only whole grains in the house and your goal will always be in mind -- and easier to reach.
Many people are picky eaters, but some argue that whole grains actually taste better. They have richer flavors and textures, but you might be conditioned to only eat the whitest grains, packed with sugar, flour and other fillers. Everything takes some getting used to, and whole grains are no exception. Just open your mind to the idea that there are other kinds of grains out there, and soon you'll be enjoying the benefits of whole grains, too.
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