Top 10 Items to Stock Your Pantry – Part 4: Whole Grains

Today’s post continues with my countdown on the top 10 items to have on hand in your pantry. The focus of this post: whole grains!

Missed the first part of the Top 10 List?
Part I
Part II
Part III

4. Whole Wheat Flour

Whole wheat flour is an absolute necessity to have on hand, especially if you often make or bake items from scratch. Whole wheat flour is a good source of fiber, particularly when compared to enriched flour. Whole grains are an important part of our diet, so increase your consumption of them by using whole wheat flour in breads, rolls, pancakes, waffles, pizza, pasta, cookies and bars. Look for recipes using whole wheat flour or have fun experimenting by substituting part or all whole wheat flour for enriched flour in your favorite recipes.

NuValTM Recommendation:

Most whole wheat flours have the same NuValTM  score of 91, so choose the brand you prefer. One-fourth cup of whole wheat flour provides 3g of fiber compared to less than 1g fiber in enriched flour.

3. Pasta or Rice

A staple grain is always important to have on hand. They’re quick and easy to make and can be incorporated into a variety of meals. With pasta look for whole grain products and with rice look for a brown rice. Both of these add a good source of fiber to your diet. Pasta can be fixed as lasagna, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, or any other way you like your pasta. Rice can be a simple side dish or be the bed for a stir-fry or steamed vegetables. So choose your preferred grain!

NuValTM  Recommendation:

Pasta – Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Spaghetti
This spaghetti scores a 91 and two ounces dry, or about a ½ cup cooked, provides 6g fiber, 7g protein, 0mg sodium, and 10% of your Daily Value for iron.

Rice – Uncle Ben’s Fast & Natural Instant Brown Rice
This rice scores an 82 and a ¼ cup dry (1 cup cooked) provides 2g fiber, 4g protein, 0mg sodium, and 2% of your Daily Value for iron. I like the instant brown rice just because it’s quick and convenient!

Do you keep either of these items stocked in your pantry?

Maren is a guest blogger for Market Street. She is a Texas Woman’s University dietetic intern and graduate student in exercise and sports nutrition. Maren is a graduate of Iowa State University and is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska. She enjoys cooking, baking and experimenting in the kitchen! Her first memory of culinary experimentation was around the age of 3, creating a peanut butter and mustard sandwich. Maren’s other hobbies include traveling, tasting new cuisines, grocery shopping, ballroom dancing with her fiancé and walking her puppy, Waltz.

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