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8 Reasons to Eat Whole Grains

With the increasing popularity of the paleo and keto diets, carbohydrates have been getting a bad rap. It’s important to remember that carbohydrates are a macronutrient, not a food group.

Not all carbohydrates are equal, and I find it unfair to grains like brown rice and quinoa that they get lumped in to the same category as highly processed, sugary breakfast cereal and stale, packaged cupcakes.  Despite what their ad executives would like you to believe, those little “o” shaped pieces of cereal are not whole grains! The whole grain category includes include foods such as quinoa, brown rice, barley, millet, amaranth, buckwheat, wheat berries and spelt berries (also know as farro).


8 Reasons to Eat Whole GrainsThe truth is that whole grains have been a main part of the human diet since early civilization. When it was discovered that grain crops could be harvested and eaten througout cold weather months, people ceased being hunter-gatherers and settled down into farming communities. People living in these communities—on all continents—had lean, strong bodies. Each region had their own staple grain: corn in the America, rice in Asia sorghum in Africa and buckwheat in Russia. In the Middle East, people made pita bread, tabouli and couscous from wheat. In Europe, corn, millet, wheat, rice, pasta, dark breads and even beer were considered health-providing foods. People were rarely overweight.

So why eat whole grains? They’re actually very nutritious! Here are just a few reasons why they should be part of your diet.

8 Reasons to Eat Whole Grains8 Reasons to Eat Whole Grains

  1. Energy. The body absorbs the nutrients in grains slowly, so they provide sustained and high-quality energy and help regulate blood sugar.
  2. Fiber. Whole grains are high in dietary fiber, so they will keep the body “regular” and help flush out toxins. Studies have shown that grains can contribute to gastrointestinal health.
  3. Vitamins. While the vitamin content varies from grain to grain, most are high in Vitamin E and B-Complex vitamins.
  4. Minerals. The mineral content also varies from grain to grain, but they can be high in iron, magnesium, selenium zinc, potassium, and calcium.
  5. Protein. Most grains are high in protein. In fact, quinoa contains all eight essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Half a cup contains 11 grams of protein!
  6. Weight Management. The fiber in whole grains can help you feel full with very little calories. Some of the B vitamins found in grains, such as thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin, play a key role in metabolism, as they help the body release energy.
  7. Stress Management. The B vitamins found in whole grains are essential for a healthy nervous system.
  8. Disease Management. Studies have shown that the fiber found whole grains may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

Why eat whole grains? They’re actually very nutritious! Here are just a few reasons why they should be part of your diet.

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Loaded Baked Potato Wedges with Creamy Cheese Sauce and Tofu Bacony Bits

Loaded Vegan Baked Potato Wedges – These crispy baked potato wedges are perfection! Baked until crispy and topped with vegan cashew cheese sauce, tofu bacon, and scallions. These just might be potato perfection!

loaded potato wedges drizzled with vegan cheese sauce

This easy recipe for Baked Loaded Potato Wedges will blow you away with the delicious combo of crispy baked potatoes,  tofu bacon bits, and a creamy vegan cashew cheese sauce.

While you could eat these loaded potato wedges as a meal or side dish, I love serving these as a shared appetizer or a Game Day snack. Having a few is delicious, but having a whole sheet pan on your own is quite gluttonous so you might want to share. If you’re hosting a party, a movie night or a game day get-together, make sure to put these delicious loaded potato wedges on the menu and you will be everyone’s favorite!

These Vegan Cheesy Potato Wedges are perfect for when you’re craving something cheesy and comforting. The potatoes are baked not fried.  They are baked on the same sheet pan as the tofu bacon which makes for easy clean-up. While the potato wedges are baking, we whip up my favorite vegan cashew cheese sauce. It only takes minutes and you’ll love the creamy rich texture. I like to make some extra and serve pasta with vegan cheese sauce and bacon the next day. You can also slice the potatoes into halves to make loaded baked potatoes!

loaded baked potato wedges on a a platter topped with vegan cheese sauce and tofu bacon

More Vegan Game Day Foods & Snacks

  • Firecracker crispy tofu wings
  • Spinach artichoke dip 
  • Thai Layered Dip -because Peanut sauce.
  • Spicy Pepper Crisp Cauliflower bites with celery ranch
  • Zucchini chickpea Fritters
  • Cajun Chickpea Fries

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