Top 10 Grains

  1. Biscuits: In the South, biscuits top any list. Healthy grains are no exception. Biscuits are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. However, biscuits can be a pitfall. If you go to a restaurant, they can be loaded with butter, oil, and lard, so I do not recommend eating restaurant biscuits on a regular basis. Try to make your own. There are a few recipes on this site that are simple and tasty.
  2. Grits: Grits are the king of breakfast. You’d be surprised at all of the savory ways you can make grits. And if you’re in a hurry, grits take less than 10 minutes to prepare on the stovetop. If they are cooked right, they are the tastiest breakfast choice you can get.
  3. Oatmeal: If grits are the king of breakfast, then oatmeal is the queen of breakfast. She is sweet with a little bit of spice. You can make oatmeal into anything you want it to be. Add fruits, spices, or nuts and it will always taste amazing.
  4. Cornbread: Cornbread is as down-home as it gets. It doesn’t have the same family lore as biscuits, but it runs a close second when reminiscing on Grandma. It’s not nearly as hard as you would think to make. Basically, combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients and bake. It is really simple. But please avoid adding all of the fats and oils. It is not necessary.
  5. Rice: You can never go wrong with rice. If you don’t feel like putting any effort into a side dish, just boil some water and throw rice on the stove. For the sake of time, I prefer white rice. Because white rice is “fortified,” it has nearly the same nutrition level of brown rice. If you have time to cook it though, I say give brown rice a shot.
  6. Breakfast cereal: No one is perfect. Not many people have the time or stamina to cook every meal. Under circumstances that you feel rushed, breakfast cereal is a good breakfast meal. A bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios is tasty and healthy.
  7. Bread: Bread is a staple in almost every home because it is so easy to buy from the store. You can use it for sandwiches, garlic bread, toast, and as a snack. Be careful of the amount of sodium (salt) that they put in bread though. Sodium sells.
  8. Pasta: Pasta isn’t a particularly Southern dish, but it is so widespread that there is seldom a family that doesn’t eat spaghetti or mac and cheese. Cooked pasta is a very good form of grain because it is low in sodium and fat. Try to avoid adding fatty toppings when cooking these healthy grains.
  9. Bagels: Bagels are the definition of an eat-as-you-go meal. They are a low in fat, fast option for breakfast. Eating bagels without butter or cream cheese is the best option, but if you want a healthy topping alternative try yogurt. You’d be surprised as to what yogurt can be used for.
  10. Popcorn: Let’s be honest. No one wants to watch a movie without popcorn. Unsalted popcorn is a good choice for movie watching and just as a snack. It is low in calories, portable, and delicious.
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