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!
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.
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!
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!
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!