Wake Up to a Whole-Grain Breakfast
6 delicious ways to get hearty whole grains into your morning routine.
Wake Up to Whole Grains
By Maria Speck
It was my husband who changed my stubborn ways. I met him when I moved to the U.S. and we connected through food immediately. Over time, he quietly succeeded in transforming my morning routine. It certainly helped that I had noticed that my hollow “caffeine diet” seemed to affect my blood sugar, leaving me drained at my desk by lunch.
Slowly, I started to remember how much I enjoyed the whole-grain breakfasts of my upbringing. Germans pride themselves on their centuries-old whole-grain traditions, especially in bread baking. And starting your day with whole grains makes sense. Whole grains have staying power. Unlike in refined grains and flours, the germ and bran of the grain kernels are not removed in milling—retaining valuable vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, plus protein and fiber. Studies have shown that a diet rich in whole grains reduces the risk of chronic diseases, such as stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.