Celebrate Whole Grains Month In September
We’ve all had the “brown bread” aversion, we swear by the true taste of white pasta, and the yummy-ness of all sorts of refined flour bakery foods.
In the 1800’s, when the grain milling industry revolutionized flour milling by removing the bran and the germ from whole grains, it seemed like a fantastic idea, to give flour a “whiter”, “purer” look and a longer shelf-life to boot. Now, 200 years down the line, while the refined products “sit longer” on the shelves, they also “sit longer” on our bellies, giving us a shorter shelf-life. Let’s not even get to what it does to our skin 🙁
Simply put- Eat whole grains. Right from the Vitamins B and E, selenium, iron, zinc, copper, to rich fiber content, whole grains and whole grain foods can get you a healthy heart, fight those PMS blues, keep you in a happy mood and even make your skin radiant!
Here are the top 3 whole grains for healthy skin.
To begin with, the wheat germ contains the B vitamin, Biotin that assists the body cells to process fats, preventing the skin from becoming dry and scaly. It also contains antioxidants selenium and Vitamin E that keep wrinkles at bay.
Oats and Oatmeal
Whole grain oats, rich in protein, magnesium, and a host of antioxidants, are used in many home-DIY skin masks and packs. The fiber and protein content keep the digestive system, body (and skin) internally healthy and can be used as a home treatment facial for acne, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, dark circles, and for moisturizing your skin.
Bring on the beer maker! Whole grain barley has amino acids, good carbohydrates, Vitamin B complex, selenium, iron, zinc, calcium and potassium. These nutrients are perfect for fighting acne, exfoliating, and brightening your skin.
Looking for a daily whole-grains kick in a bowl? Called Grandma’s Grain, this is a perfect substitute to plain white rice in your morning breakfast cereal, curries, risotto’s, pilafs, and salads!
All you need – Water, salt, 1 cup brown rice, a handful of whole barley, oats, cracked durum wheat, millet and quinoa.
Prep – Mix all grains, wash thoroughly and drain. Put it in a thick bottomed pot and add water (measure water just up to your knuckles), add salt. Bring it to a boil on a high flame and then cook on a low flame until all water is gone, or until all grains cook.
Opting for whole grains and whole grain foods in your diet is going to make your food more chewy, pizza less doughy, and your pasta browner, but hey, you are going to get “a whole-grainful” of health benefits too!
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