Whole Grain Sampling Day Giveaway

Thank you to Oldways for sponsoring this healthy giveaway! The winner is Caitlin; please email me at traveleatlove (@) gmail.com with your contact information. Don’t forget to participate in Whole Grain Sampling Day on April 3, and add some new whole grains to your diet!

Whole Grain Sampling Day, created by Oldways’ Whole Grain Council, is April 3.

What is Whole Grain Sampling Day? Here’s a bit from the Oldways website:

What if there were one day when, everywhere you went, there were opportunities to try delicious whole grain foods? That’s what happens every year on the first Wednesday in April, when the Whole Grains Council holds its annual Whole Grain Sampling Day. Our goal, at the end of the day, is to have people everywhere saying, “That tasted great! Where have you been all my life?” Use the resources in this ONE Toolkit to celebrate with us on April 3, 2013 — or to promote whole grains on the other 364 days of the year.

We are a whole grains household; you won’t find white rice or pasta or bread anywhere in our cabinets. We know it’s healthy, but white carbs make me crash and generally feel awful so making the change to whole grain was pretty easy and necessary. I’m always excited to receive emails from Oldways, and when they offered to send me some whole grain samples, I instantly said yes.


whole grains council

whole grain sampling day


Little did I know that it was going to be a huge box of full sized samples of whole grain treats. From Real McCoy’s chips to Bob’s Red Mill Muesli to Freekehlicious Freekeh (a cereal made from green wheat), the heavy box was chock full of healthy delicious goodness. There are bags of pasta,Way Better  sweet potato chips, Tasty Bite garlic brown  rice, Barbara’s shredded oats cereal . . . so much goodness in one box. We’re still working our way through it!


whole grain samples

brown rice Triscuit

Brown Rice Sea Salt and Black Pepper Triscuits


wheat berry chili

wheat berry chili – this week’s lunch


Evan's Heavenly Cookie Mix

Spelt Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Plant Strong Crackers

Yummy Plant Strong Crackers

I know that my body loves whole grains, but I had no idea just how good they are for you. Oldways’ Whole Grains Council offers up some more information on their Whole Grains 101 page. I had no idea that whole grains are fantastic sources of antioxidants. As I’m turning the big 33 this week, I am looking for ways to stay feeling and looking young, and whole grains should definitely play a part in that, in addition to fruits and veggies. And as the Whole Grains Council website states, “The medical evidence is clear that whole grains reduce risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Few foods can offer such diverse benefits.” More whole grains for everyone!

facts about whole grains

On April 3, you can take part in Whole Grain Sampling Day on Twitter; follow the hashtag #SampleWholeGrains, and join in at noon Eastern time for a toast to whole grains. Then go and find a new, delicious whole grain to sample.

To make that a little easier for one reader, Oldways has given me one sample box full of the items pictured above to give away to a Travel, Wine, and Dine reader. I think whoever wins will be as excited as I was; who doesn’t love a box of food delivered to their door?

To enter, leave a comment on this post letting me know how you incorporate whole grains into your life or how you’d like to. Be sure you are following Oldways on Twitter as well, so you can keep up with all of the delicious, healthy initiatives they have going on.

I will choose a winner a week from today on March 26. Good luck!

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  1. Megan’s avatar

    I got this box of goodies too. I had never heard of many of the items in it, and it really opened my eyes to some new whole grain products. I’m making that chili this week. (No need to enter me in the giveaway.)


  2. Daisy’s avatar

    After our trip to KAF back in the day, I started using whole wheat flour. (you know, on the rare occasion I am baking or need it in cooking.) What a fantastic box of goods!


  3. marcie’s avatar

    I try new foods like quinoa to boost my whole grain intake


  4. Nancy’s avatar

    I eat oatmeal just about every day. I also like to incorporate whole grains into my baking.


  5. Victoria’s avatar

    What a great sampling box Meghan! My husband and I been vegetarian for a year so adding new (to us) whole grains like quinoa and wheat berries has been an important change to our diet. At work we’re starting a wellness program and as a part of it are looking at ways to encourage employees to eat more whole grains, fruits, and veggies. Oldways looks like a great organization, thanks for introducing me to them!


  6. Bill’s avatar

    I search for Whole Grains whenever possible and always look for food in its natural state


  7. Vicki S’s avatar

    I incorporate whole grains into my diet every day. I am a vegetarian and my body does well on complex carbs. Plus I need whole grains for the sustained energy because I work out vigorously, lift weights a lot. I follow Oldways on Twitter @sswpss


  8. Erica’s avatar

    I try to include oatmeal and also quinoa.


  9. Renee’s avatar

    Whole grains taste great! I love adding them to salads.
    Where can we find those triscuits? They look really yummy.


  10. Beth’s avatar

    I’m beginning to experiment with couscous and quinos instead of white rice or potatoes


  11. Lara’s avatar

    I try to add them in where I can – especially for the little guy’s meals!


  12. lizann’s avatar

    I am the cofounder of Among Friends, the mother of three hungry boys. You have a photo of the Among Friends Evan’s heavenly baking mix on your site. Evan is my first born and the mix is named for him. My tip: Flax is a seed not a grain but rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and for years I allowed my boys to believe that the flax atop my casseroles were breadcrumbs. Buy coldmilled ground flax and it will keep its nutritional properties and add a 1/4 cup to your pancakes, breads, etc. I’d also urge trying spelt, a mellow whole grain that is higher in protein and easier to digest than its cousin wheat.


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Thank you for your comment. I am looking forward to baking the cookies and will definitely share the experience with my blog readers!


    2. Elizabeth’s avatar

      I eat quinoa in my lunch every day, sometimes oatmeal, and I love other grains like farro and millet. I would LOVE this package, especially the spelt cookie mix and the freekeh.


    3. Laura C.’s avatar

      I love using white whole wheat in a lot of my cookie/brownies and we love eating steel cut oats and other grains (quinoa, bulgur, etc.) Thanks for the chance :-)


    4. Caitlin’s avatar

      Love using quinoa in all types of salads and brown rice risotto!


    5. Caitlin’s avatar

      Love using quinoa in all types of salads and brown rice risotto!


    6. Kelly’s avatar

      Remember to add whole grains to all my soups, makes a huge difference in filling me up!


    7. Claire’s avatar

      I eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast!


    8. Margot C’s avatar

      I have been a sort of nut about whole grains lately, and it’s paying off in how I feel. Here’s a thing; I throw a dollop of stone cold old left over oatmeal in my morning blender drink (along with fruit, yogurt, juice etc) and it gives it a lovely creamy consistency. It’s true!


    9. Gail Hanson’s avatar

      Have ate brown rice for years and have added oatmeal to breakfast for the last year.


    10. Karen D’s avatar

      Love to use whole grains for bread, and eat brown rice instead of white.


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