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Celebrate Whole Grains Month!

September is Whole Grains Month and a great time to reinforce the message of the USDA MyPlate and promote healthy choices by making at least 1/2 your grains whole grains!


What are whole grains?

Whole grains are full of health-promoting nutrients and complex carbohydrates.  They contain all parts of the grain, which helps keep your heart healthy and gives you long-lasting energy.

How can you determine if a food is whole grain? 

Look for the word "whole" in the FIRST ingredient listed, such as "100% whole-grain" or "whole wheat".  An easy way to look for whole grain foods is to look for the Whole Grain stamp from the Whole Grains Council.

WholeGrainStamp_small Whole Grains Council Stamp


Some popular whole grains include:

  • Barley
  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulgur
  • Oatmeal
  • Popcorn
  • Whole-wheat bread, cereals, crackers, pasta

It's easy to make 1/2 your grains whole grains with so many delicious options!  Celebrate Whole Grains Month with Learning ZoneXpress!  Visit our website to see all of our Whole Grain nutrition education products.




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