Whole Grains

I get asked quite often about different types of whole grains. I was going to type up a summary of each but found a great link to whole grain information on foodnetwork.com. Here is a link describing what each grain is and how to prepare it. It also gives you information on how you can find each of the grains.  For example, you can find spelt in whole kernels, flakes and flour.

All grains have different nutritional compositions. Just as important as eating a variety of fruits and vegetables for their unique nutritional contributions, you should be looking for a variety of grains. Each of them will have different types of fibers, proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as different textures, flavors and consistencies. So don’t by shy! Branch out and try a new one soon!
Here is a great recipe for some tasty pancakes using uncooked whole wheat.
Blender Whole Wheat Pancakes
Makes 6-8
1 cup milk
1 cup wheat berry kernels, whole and uncooked
2 eggs
2 tbsp applesauce
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Put milk and wheat in blender. Blend on highest speed for 4-5 minutes or until batter is smooth. Add eggs, applesauce, baking powder and salt. Bake on hot griddle. Top with fruit and a bit of real maple syrup.
So what are your favorite grains?
Emily Fonnesbeck RD,CD