Wednesday, October 2, 2013



"Pasta, vegetables, fish, and good bread...That's my idea of how to eat well and healthfully."  

---Marion Nestle
The Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, and Professor of Socialogy, at New York University, and the author of Safe Food (2002), What to Eat (2006), and Food Politics (revised ed., 2007)

Last night, one of my wonderful neighbors stopped by the house to ask me for some healthy food ideas for her dad (who has Type 2 diabetes).  She walked into the kitchen, picked up a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Oat Flour (which I just bought for the Growing Healthy Kids Test Kitchen’s new challenge later this month), and started asking questions.  

Here are some of my answers:

  • Eating whole grain foods is key to a balanced eating plan.  
  • Make AT LEAST HALF of all your grains whole grain.  Think of all the foods you eat that contain grains:  breads, pastas, cereals, tortillas, cookies, cakes, crackers, rice, and more.   

Whole grain foods are central to the recipes created in the Growing Healthy Kids Test Kitchen.  We love Bob’s Red Mill products because of their purity, quality, and dependability. Here are ten items from Bob’s Red Mill you can ALWAYS find in my pantry:
  1. Steel cut oats
  2. Whole grain oat flour
  3. Coconut flour
  4. Brown rice flour
  5. Ground flax seeds (you can use these as a substitute for oil in baking!)
  6. Corn grits/polenta
  7. Organic quinoa
  8. French lentils
  9. Raw pumpkin seeds
  10. Quick cooking wild rice

What is YOUR favorite whole grain product? To learn more about one of Growing Healthy Kids' good food companies, click here,

In gratitude,
Nancy Heinrich

Growing Healthy Kids