Real food tips_ 6 ways to ease the switch to whole grain – 100 days of real food

I used to exclusively be a white bread girl. Easy healthy banana bread recipe Before our switch to real food I would have rather skipped bread all together (and did on many occasions) than eat store-bought “whole-wheat” bread. Best ever gluten free banana bread So the point is I understand it’s not easy to transition from the taste and texture of white bread to whole-wheat, which is exactly why I want to share these tips with you. Best banana bread recipe in the world If you have any other advice please share it in the comments below!

One of the reasons I used to despise whole-wheat sandwich bread was because I’d never tried “good” bread before. Easy banana bread recipe for kids Even today I would not like the taste of packaged grocery store whole-grain bread that can contain as many as 40 ingredients (including lots of unnecessary additives).

Best healthy banana bread recipe This type of bread was designed to have a long shelf life…not to taste good. Healthy banana bread recipe applesauce So skip the supermarket and look into your local bakery options instead. Simple banana bread muffins Or if you’re really handy in the kitchen try making some homemade bread yourself! It only takes 4 or 5 ingredients to make “real” whole-wheat sandwich bread.

When baking, try using King Arthur’s White Whole-Wheat Flour as opposed to just straight up whole-wheat flour. Easy gluten free banana bread recipe Even though it has the word “white” on the label this flour is not a trick. Better homes and gardens banana bread recipe It is still 100% whole-grain it’s just made from a lighter variety of wheat than typical whole-wheat flours, and it’s a great place to start if you prefer the taste of white flour.

If whole-wheat pasta is getting shunned at your house then try mixing both white and whole wheat pasta together for a few weeks. Best ever moist banana bread You could even start small by only making a third or a quarter of the dish be whole-wheat pasta. Moist banana bread with sour cream recipe The bottom line is eating some whole grains is better than none! This same tactic could be applied to both brown rice and whole-grain flour as well.

If your family is really pushing back on making the switch to whole-grain pasta and rice then how about trying a new grain all together? Take a break from the usual and cook some quinoa, whole-wheat couscous, barley, or whole-grain polenta for a side dish instead.

Even the most die hard real foodies get tired of plain brown rice so try to switch things up a bit by mixing in a sauce (like soy sauce or homemade cheese sauce), adding some spices (like cilantro or garlic), or throwing in some toasted nuts/seeds (like almonds or sesame seeds). Best gluten free banana bread recipe Changing the flavor can make it a whole new side dish.

Ease your family into whole-grain by disguising them in foods that are on the sweeter side. Calories in homemade banana bread Instead of just going for the basics like pasta and rice try making some whole-grain blueberry muffins, sweet zucchini bread, or banana pancakes. Healthy moist banana bread recipe With all the added spices and the help of some honey (or overly ripe bananas) maybe no one will even notice that something is different. Healthy moist banana bread Please just do me a favor and tell them what was in it afterward! 🙂

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Hi, we eat nothing but whole wheat & grains… kids never knew the difference, husband finally converted (and prefers it now). Best healthy banana bread Best investment was a bread machine… so easy!! Using a little vital wheat gluten/gluten flour (Bob’s Red Mill makes a nice one), paired with either a little sunflower or soy lecithen & powdered whey, whole wheat breads taste great. Banana bread bread machine We also substitute water in recipes for liqued whey (from making homemade yogurt or straining store-bought yogurt to make greek yogurt and/or yogurt cheese/Labneh)… this makes WW breads even more moist and light.

Also, using Whole Wheat Pastry flour is great for baked goods like pancakes, waffles, muffins, etc. Extreme banana nut bread Letting pancake/waffle batter rest for 15 min helps them to be more fluffy/light.

You can also take just about any recipe and substitute just under half of the white flour called for with WW, white whole wheat, or WW pastry flour without much noticeable difference.

In our opinion, Barilla brand WW pasta tastes quite nice. Eggless banana bread recipes moist Hodgson Mill WW pastas taste disgusting… if you’re experimenting with WW pastas.

Cooking Whole Grain rice in low-sodium broth, instead of water, makes it taste better.

Also, forgot, if you’re wanting to soak/sprout grains but it’s too time-consuming for you (like it is for me)… there’s some very nice organic, sprouted WW/grain flours out there… just do a Google search.

p.s. Eggless banana bread with yogurt sprouting isn’t just for those that have trouble digesting whole grains, it is also more nutritious… more nutrients are lost & your body absorbs less of the good stuff in unsprouted grains.

Just a reader beware- I don’t think Barilla makes a true whole wheat pasta. Can i make banana bread without baking soda They have one that is labeled “Whole Grain”, but it is actually only 51% whole wheat. Can you make banana bread without baking soda Very misleading. How to make banana bread without baking soda Trader Joes, however, does have 100% organic whole wheat pastas and they are cheaper than anywhere else I have found (even for non-organic store brand varieties).

I wanted to share a tip for switching to brown rice – After years of eating whole grains exclusively at home, I still don’t care for plain brown rice. Recipe for banana bread with chocolate chips It still seems really chewy and dense to me (and yes, we have a rice cooker). Banana bread bread machine recipe I have found, though, that other varieties- such as brown jasmine rice and brown basmati taste a ton better- I think the individual grains of rice are a little ‘thinner’ so they don’t seem so chewy texture wise. Banana bread recipe hawaii Trader Joe’s carries both, and although they are a smidge more expensive, I think it is totally worth it! 🙂

Just curious – have you ever tried baking your brown rice? I do this all the time (as in, pretty much every week i cook up a big batch of rice to keep on hand) and it never seemed dense to me. Banana bread recipe with chocolate chips So I wonder if baking vs rice cooker would make that difference. Banana bread made with coconut flour You can check out the Our Best Bites “Perfect Brown Rice” post here:

I’ve always liked whole-grain grains, breads and pastas better than white, but it took some time for my husband to get used to them. Banana bread made with sour cream Now he’s the same way — we just skip the white stuff. Banana bread in cake pan Not because they’re “bad” for us but we just find them boring. Blueberry banana bread recipe Thank goodness we were already eating these when we had kids, because they just started out on whole grains and didn’t know the difference. Chocolate chip banana bread recipe moist So much easier that way, but I think for anyone it is like so many food habits that take time to change. Banana bread healthy recipe You have to keep at it while your tastes adjust — the way the 100 Days of Real Food worked for Lisa’s family.

We don’t drink sweet drinks and actually prefer water, milk, tea or coffee to anything else. 3 ingredient banana bread recipe Just got used to that and we aren’t deprived, it is just the way we eat! A occasional soda or sweet tea becomes a real treat instead of a constant thing.

Thank you, Lisa, for the reminder about making bread. Banana bread with cake mix and pudding My machine is dusty because I have made some real bricks in it…and in 2014 I would like to conquer homemade bread! I’ll see if you’ve got some recipes to try…:)

My mom has been making whole wheat bread all of my life.She literally grinds the grain herself.She recently found out that grain has a protective acid(I can’t remember what it’s called)that hardly lets your body absorb any of the beneficial vitamins from whole grain.Apparently,you need to combine it with one(I think..maybe a couple more) of the beneficial bacteria found amongst the five in yogurt.Yeast made the way it has been made for centuries contains the bacteria necessary for the correct digestion of grain.Yeast from the store is unfortunately lab made so it no longer contains the delicate bacteria for the sake of contamination.You can buy natural yeast flakes online and make your own yeast.It has to be fed with ground wheat,sugar,and water I believe about three times a day.The bread comes out with a sourdough taste.It has been a revelation for my mom because she has been making the same bread for over 20 years until she found this out and has now started making it this way.I would assume whole grain could be digested the way it was intended when eaten with yogurt,but that is an amateur assumption.Anyways,thought you might like to know.I wish modern food was as innocent as advertised :/

We’ve had no problem switching to WW but every recipe I’ve tried here has been super dry. Banana bread recipes healthy So dry that they are difficult to swallow! Am I not doing something right or do I need to add some milk or something?!? I really want these to work for us as we are truly trying to be less “highly processed!”

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