Whole Grain Sampling Day 2014 (+ a Whole Grain Giveaway!)



It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s Whole Grain Sampling Day! I’ve been celebrating with Oldways and the Whole Grains Council for a couple years now and was super honored that they asked me to celebrate with them once again. I think by this day and age, most of us are aware that whole grains are crazy good for us, but sometimes it’s nice to get a little reminder. And I love that Oldways and the Whole Grains Council set up a whole day to let us sample products with whole grains that we might not have had the chance to try before.

They sent me a big box packed with whole grains, giving me the opportunity to try a whole bunch of new products that I didn’t even know existed. And now I’m thrilled to give you a chance to try them, too!

See those Real McCoy’s Rice Puffs right there? I basically ate the whole bag of those. Which might actually be too many whole grains. I’m just going to pretend there’s no such thing. Go with me on this one, OK?

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Did you even know that Sour Cream and Chive Triscuits existed? I did not. But now I do. I also know Popsalot Saigon Sunrise Popcorn exists… As does a super fabulous and satisfying Buckwheat and Hemp cereal from Erewhon.

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Forbidden Rice Ramen? This is taking ramen to a whole new level.

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Cookies can be packed with whole grains, too. And today is the perfect day to eat them 🙂

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At this point in my life, whole grains are so ingrained in me that I actually almost always prefer whole grain version of foods to non. Like rice? I’ll always choose brown rice. Same with bread. The more whole grainy looking, the better.

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Ooh, I finally got to try Belvita, too. I was a little skeptical because whenever I hear the radio commercials, I think they’re saying “Velveeta” and I don’t understand why they’re telling me to eat it for breakfast. But Belvita really is the perfect breakfast food… especially with a little peanut butter spread on top.

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Freekeh was a new discovery for me during last year’s Whole Grain Sampling Day. This year, I’ve been seeing it absolutely everywhere! I think it’s gearing up to be the next quinoa. It already has a leg up with its awesome name… And Freekehlicious is about the best brand name ever.

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If you had any notion that whole grains were boring, I hope that’s been cleared up for you now 🙂 If you’re still skeptical (or even if you’re not!), you should definitely enter this giveaway. I’ll be choosing one random reader to win this same box of whole grain goodness, so you can conduct your own sampling!

All you have to do is comment on this post telling me your favorite product made with whole grains! Comment by Sunday, April 6 at 11:59 p.m. to be eligible (must be in the U.S. to win). Good luck and happy Whole Grain Sampling Day!


67 Responses to "Whole Grain Sampling Day 2014 (+ a Whole Grain Giveaway!)"

  1. Marcie says:

    love Quinoa

  2. Mandy says:

    I’ve been very into farro lately. Freekeh is good, too!

  3. Melissa says:

    Late July chips are my crack and I don’t care who knows it.

  4. Margot C says:

    I love those Brown rice Triscuits, they are great.

  5. Noel says:

    Definitely brown rice, can’t get enough in my dinners, so easy to work into a stir fry

  6. I almost always buy the whole grain pasta vs. “regular” pasta. I definitely prefer the texture and taste of the whole grain version!

  7. Erin W says:

    whole grain pasta.

  8. Eva says:

    i am a HUGE wheat thins fan. but i limit myself to once a year

  9. Shannon says:

    I’m a big fan of quinoa.

  10. Carol says:

    Late July Crisps are SO good!

  11. Mia says:

    Simply Nature’s Sweet Chili brown rice crisps are amazing!

  12. Jennifer says:

    I am loving black rice at the moment. So exotic!

  13. Ann says:

    Oats! My toddler loves muffins and pancakes, so I’ve been grinding oats into flour or using them whole.

  14. Jill says:

    Martin’s 100% whole wheat potato bread is amazing! It’s perfect for BLTs and is now the only bread we buy!

  15. I got my box too. Loved the popsalot popcorn. So good!

  16. tripp says:

    I enjoy overnight oatmeal dishes made with steel-cut oats.

  17. Kelly D says:

    I like whole grain bread.

  18. Elizabeth says:

    I loooove the Seeduction Bread at whole foods. So good!

  19. Sarah says:

    I love brown rice and quinoa! I can’t get enough of them!!

  20. Lindsay Powell says:

    I absolutely LOVE quinoa on its own or in a salad. Also, the Belvita breakfast cookies are so delicious! Almost too good to eat for breakfast…almost! 🙂

  21. sharon says:

    I love whole grain artisan breads.

  22. Aly says:

    I love Late July products. And Barbara’s peanut butter puffins cereal. YUM.

  23. Laurel C says:

    I’m a huge fan of oatmeal and quinoa!

  24. Calli W says:

    I love cinnamon overnight oatmeal!

  25. Portia smith says:

    Dave’s Killer Bread

  26. Melissa says:

    Blueberry Belvita… I’m actually snacking on a pack right now.

  27. Beth says:

    Love oatmeal for breakfast

  28. The Peace Patch says:

    I love Lotus Rice but I’ve yet to try the Rice Ramen…sounds crazydelicious! 🙂

  29. Rebecca says:

    Wheat thins. Or bread. Or wheat berries, yogurt, cranberries, and apples made into a salad. Delicious.

  30. Odetta says:

    Triscuits are the best!!!

  31. Anth says:

    Goldfish. Without a moment’s hesitation.

  32. rachel says:

    I love oatmeal snack bars.

  33. Lucy says:

    brown rice triscuits

  34. Amber Conaway says:

    whole grain pasta.

  35. Karen D says:

    I like homemade 100% whole wheat tortillas

  36. Laura C. says:

    Homemade granola! I like to add quinoa, hemp seeds, chia, and toasted wheat germ in addition to all the regular things.

  37. Wheat Thins are my first love.

  38. lauren b says:

    Making banana bread with whole wheat flour is thee way to go! with dark chocolate chips. Best snack or breakfast ever. 🙂

  39. Renee C. says:

    Quinoa is definitely my favorite- so quick and easy but lots of staying power!

  40. latanya says:

    I love whole grain bread

  41. manda says:

    I love bread!

  42. David says:

    My favorite product made with whole grains is cereal. I eat a bowl every morning.

  43. Lexi says:

    bwahahaha, I think the same thing when I hear Belvita on the tv or radio! also, I love the sour cream and chive triscuits! I saw them at the grocery store recently.

    I’ve been eating lots and lots of oatmeal lately…one of my favorites!

  44. Jordan says:

    I absolutely love Late July chips, especially the mild green mojo flavor! I also love quinoa and oats, staples in my diet!

  45. Judith says:

    Oatmeal and quinoa. Baby had her first quinoa last weekend and she loved it!

  46. Betsy says:

    Love Brown Jasmine Rice.

  47. Liz says:

    Reduced Fat Triscuits……yum!

  48. Carolsue says:

    I love Sprouted Brown Rice Pudding!

  49. Will says:

    Love Brown Rice, so good!

  50. Sharon says:

    Wasa or Finn crisps are my go to whole grain crackers. Perfect w a tasty cheese!

  51. Liz says:

    Great article! I love baking with War Eagle Mill Corn Flour. It really gives my baked goods a lighter texture!

  52. Tasha D. says:

    Definitely oats! I love protein oat balls, honey peanut butter oats and protein powder-yum!

  53. gala says:

    We love whole wheat bread and buckweat porridge

  54. Julie says:

    my dh loves whole grain bread

  55. Sarah L says:

    I love popcorn.

  56. Joanne says:

    What a fun mail day this must have been! So much good stuff!

  57. Diane says:

    love brown basmati rice, can’t get enough of it!

  58. Jen says:

    It’s fun telling the kids that we are having freekeh with dinner. They actually eat it, so it’s a new family favorite!

  59. Kelly D says:

    I like brown rice with some veggies stirred in.

  60. Matt says:

    I love brown rice and also, whole wheat pasta– both are so good when they’re eaten with cheese and veggies!

  61. Shirley says:

    I love belvita breakfast biscuits!

  62. Amy L says:

    I love oatmeal made from whole oats.

  63. LisaR. says:

    I love the Belvita Breakfast biscuits. They are easily portable and taste great.

  64. Courtney says:

    This is so hard, like you I started proffering whole grains over other versions! I would say whole grain bread or brown rice Triscuits!

  65. Definitely whole grain bread when I have a sandwich. Delicious!

  66. Wehaf says:

    I love whole grain blue corn chips!

  67. Cheryl says:

    I love the Triscuit Hint of Salt! So good they are my go to cracker. And the Freekehlicious Freekeh is amazing. Love it!

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