Trade Up Tuesday: Heart Healthy Grains

As we close out Heart Health month we hope we've given you some fresh ideas for making your diet more heart healthy. For our last Trade Up Tuesday in Heart Health Month we look at grains. We hear a lot about including more grains but it can be overwhelming trying to decide what new grain to eat and then how to even begin cooking it.

Near East provides a great solution for offering up whole grains that are easy to prepare. For our Trade Up today we look at Garlic and Herb Rice Pilaf and Roasted Pecan and Garlic Whole Grain Blends. You can make a simple Trade Up in nutrition by selecting the Whole Grain Blend variety. (Remember NuVal is one simple score, 1-100, right on the price tag. The higher the score, the better the nutrition.)

You'll notice the Whole Grain Blend contains more calories per serving. This is because, while it contains more total fat, you'll see that it's offering 4.5 grams of heart healthy fats. It also contains less sodium, more fiber and more protein.

You'll also see that because of the nutrients it contains, it qualifies for a Heart Healthy Health Tag which will also be located on the price tag.

Remember, it's not about getting the perfect NuVal score of 100, it's all about making Trade Ups.

Near East Rice Pilaf Mix Garlic and Herb
NuVal: 6

Serving Size: 1/4 cup dry rice with 1.5 tbsp. seasoning
Calories: 200
Total Fat: 0.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 610 mg
Total Carbs: 44g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 0g
Protein: 5g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 0%
Iron: 2%

Ingredients: Parboiled long grain rice, orzo (macaroni product made with durum wheat flour and wheat flour), salt, natural flavor, autolyzed yeast extract, garlic, olive oil, onions, parsley, spices, soy protein isolate, yeast extract, sesame oil, tocopherols for freshness, soy lecithin.

Near East Whole Grain Blends Roasted Pecan and Garlic - Heart Healthy
NuVal: 25
Serving Size: 1/3 cup dry rice with 1 tbsp. seasoning
Calories: 220
Total Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 0.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 480 mg
Total Carbs: 38g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Sugars: 1g
Protein: 6g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 2%
Iron: 4%

Ingredients: Parboiled long grain brown rice, pearled red wheat, pearled durum wheat, pecans, salt, garlic, autolyzed yeast extract, onions, natural flavor, olive oil, parsley, yeast extract, soy protein isolate, sesame oil, tocopherols for freshness, turmeric spice which imparts color.

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