You know how THEY – the authorities – are always telling us to eat whole grains? And we keep looking for whole grain breads and muffins and such? Not only are there nutritional benefits, rumor has it that the extra fiber stays with you longer and reduces hunger.
Well, I recently decided, after reading what many people say works for them, to try completely unprocessed grains, things like steel cut oats and wheatberries. The results have been truly surprising. In fact, I’m not planning to go out of my way to eat bread any time soon.
They taste great, take a long time to chew (which satisfies that oral fixation thing), and they’re so satisfying! I had no idea!! THEY were right!!!!
First up: the wheatberries. I soaked them for a few hours in water, and then simmered them for about 30-45 minutes. That was enough cooking for one day, so into the refrigerator they went. I’d originally planned to make a wheatberry salad, with an oil and vinegar dressing, but didn’t get that far. Instead, I mixed it with some spaghetti squash, heated it up, and stirred in less than a tablespoon of olivata [that delicious olive spread]. YUMMY.
For a snack, the wonderful combination of plain yogurt, some protein powder, a small chopped up apple, and a couple of tablespoons of no-sugar-added muesli has been very satisfying.
And then this morning, the steel cut oatmeal. Delicious. But one warning for me, and perhaps for others like me: there’s not enough protein in this breakfast. Some people stir in protein powder, but I decided to drink a protein shake beforehand. Worked great! I wasn’t hungry for hours.
So, I’m going to continue this effort to eat completely unprocessed grains. This shakeup seems to work for me, as these grains seem to stick with me better than eating any form of flour. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying anything against flour or baked goods – there’s still nothing like a good cookie! But, as part of the effort to eat healthier food, and to keep myself satisfied with as little as possible, these whole grains are worth exploring.
Maybe this week, the wheatberry salad will get made. I’m thinking chickpeas, red peppers, maybe some cucumber and chopped tomato, scallions. Whaddaya think?