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Whole grains, whole lot of benefits!

Whole grains, whole lot of benefits!

It’s a well-known fact: one of the best ways to enjoy a diet rich in fibre is to add whole grains to your menu. But why are they so nutritious? What kinds of grains are there? How do you make the right choices to help you eat more whole grains every day? Here are some answers to these questions.

What is a whole grain?
Grains are the seeds of grass-like plants called cereals and are “whole” when they have not been refined. Examples include rice, wheat, oat, and barley. These types of grains maintain all their nutritional, appetite-satisfying qualities and their unique taste. That’s why Première Moisson bakery makes it a priority to add a wide selection of whole grains to its products that you’ll find at Metro.


Divine oats

Divine oats

Packed with soluble fibre, oats promote intestinal health and can help protect against some cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. If you want to add oats to your menu, try experimenting with new flavour combinations in your oatmeal by adding fruit, nuts, and even spices like this one with its hint of cinnamon. Or try a savoury oatmeal, like this edamame bowl made with steel-cut oats, also known as pinhead oats or Irish oatmeal.

We all know that oat flakes are perfect in cookies, crumbles, and date squares. But did you know you can replace one-third of your all-purpose flour with oat flour? This substitution will not affect the texture of your breads, muffins, or cakes and will even add a pleasant hint of hazelnut.

 

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Oat Bowl with Edamame and Creamy Citrus Sauce

Divine oats

Get more with sprouted grains

Get more with sprouted grains

Eating more whole grains is good for your health. But think about incorporating sprouted grains to your diet once in a while. When they sprout, grains produce even more nutrients such as iron, zinc, calcium, antioxidants, and folic acid. They also help increase the absorption of these nutrients. You don’t need to sprout the grains yourself because many products contain these ingredients such as Première Moisson’s organic sprouted grain loaf available at Metro. Use it to prepare a delicious croque-monsieur and you’ll see for yourself how tasty sprouted grains can be!

 

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Turkey Croque-Monsieur on Organic Sprouted Grain Square


Precious rye

Precious rye

This grain also contains a significant amount of fibre and several beneficial properties: it can help reduce cholesterol levels and the risk of cardiovascular diseases. It can also help prevent type 2 diabetes and cancer as well as improve intestinal health. Rye is most commonly found in breads. To get the most out of its nutrients, look for the term “whole rye” on packages. You can also purchase rye grains and cook them like rice. It will add a hint of sweetness and a pleasant texture to your soups and salads.

 

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Sautéed Mushroom, Poached Egg and Crispy Pancetta Toast

Precious rye

Spectacular spelt

Spectacular spelt

This tiny grain is definitely worth discovering. It’s an ancient grain with a more pronounced taste than wheat. It’s also packed with nutrients and high in iron, which is essential for cellular regeneration and the formation of red blood cells. It also contains protein, which will help you fill fuller longer, so it’s a good solution to help you maintain a healthy weight.

Try this grain in caprese salads by adding spelt to fresh tomatoes, basil, and burrata. This Première Moisson loaf is made with spelt stone ground flour.

 

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Farro Caprese Salad


A closer look at grains

The bran
The protective layer of the grain, this part is rich in fibre and promotes regularity and healthy levels of cholesterol and blood sugar.

The germ
Even though it’s the smallest part of the grain, it contains the most nutrients: vitamin B, E, antioxidants, and polyunsaturated fats (which can help prevent cardiovascular diseases).

The endosperm
This is the part that is kept after the grain has been refined (white flour, white pasta, white rice). Made of starch, it provides carbohydrates and therefore the energy your body needs.

 

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Première Moisson breads

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