Whole Grain Sampling Day 2014 {giveaway}

Happy Whole Grain Sampling Day!  Yes, it’s that time of year again (the first Wednesday in April) when we all take a moment to appreciate the chewy, nutty, heart-healthy deliciousness that is the whole grain.

WGSD_logo14dayOver the years, I’ve struggled with blood sugar issues (mostly low sugar crashes) and through trial and error, I’ve found my body functions at its best with balanced meals, meaning protein, fat, AND carbohydrates.  My carboholism is well documented, but even I can admit not all carbs are created equal.  That’s where whole grains, those slow-digesting, complex-carbohydrates, come into play.

Wondering what the heck a whole grain is?  Check out my post from last year’s Whole Grain Sampling Day:  “So, what’s a whole grain anyway?”

Incorporating whole grains into your diet is easy.  I like to cook a big batch of steel-cut oats on Sunday, and dish it out into single-serve portions for whole-grain grab-and-go breakfasts throughout the week.  Another quick option is tossing cooked grains on top of your lunch-time salad (quinoa is my salad-topping grain of choice).

grain salad

MORE whole grain packed recipes to try:

Jambalaya from ferventfoodie.com


Freekeh with Brussels Sprouts & Pomegranate via freekehlicious.com


Amaze(meat)balls from ferventfoodie.com


Cornini Cookies from War Eagle Mill

Penne with Green Beans & Garlic, Anchovy, Herb Sauce from Jovial Foods

cornini-300x225 (1)  Jovial Recipes.

Carrot Muffins from Ultragrain

Southwestern Whole Grain Egg Sandwich from Roman Meal

carrot muffinssw egg

Quinoa Patties with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli from Allie of Key Ingredients

quino patties - key ingredients

Beans and Bulgur from ferventfoodie.com




The Whole Grains Council and Oldways have generously offered to provide one reader with a goodie box chock full of whole grain products, including:


  • Among Friends Jam Bar Mix
  • Attune Foods Buckwheat & Hemp Cereal
  • Barbara’s Bakery Snackimals Cereal
  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Honey Oat Granola
  • Carl Brandt Mestemacher Rye & Multigrain Bread
  • ConAgra Mills voucher for 1 bag of Ultragrain flour
  • Dr. Kracker Engine 2 Crispbreads
  • Freekehlicious Whole Grain Freekeh
  • Goose Valley Natural Product Brown & Wild Rice Fusion
  • HomeFree Treats gluten free cookies
  • Jovial Foods Einkorn and Brown Rice Pastas
  • Late July Multigrain Snack Chips
  • Mary’s Gone Crackers gluten free pretzel sticks




  • Lotus Foods Rice Ramen
  • Nabisco Classic Wheat Thins
  • Nabisco Brown Rice Tricuits
  • belVita Breakfast Biscuits
  • Pamela’s Products Whole Grain Whenever Bars
  • Popsalot Gourmet Cinnamon Popcorn
  • Real McCoy’s Snax Rice Puffs
  • Roman Meal Whole Grain Bread
  • Rhythm Superfoods Chips
  • Skeeter Snacks nut-free cookies
  • Upfront Foods straight-up granola
  • War Eagle Mill  Corn Flour



 There are several ways to enter!  Check out the rafflecopter below!  The giveaway ends at midnight on April 4, 2014.  The winner will be notified via email.

Disclosure:  I received a selection of whole grain products to sample but was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own.

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  1. Finding that optimal dietary balance can be such a challenge, especially since everyone is different when it comes to that type of thing. It’s something that I have been working at for years too– not always successfully. It actually wasn’t until college that I started incorporating more whole grains into my regular diet. Nowadays, it’s hard for me to remember that time when I wasn’t enjoying some amazing whole grain pastas or breads.