LYNDHURST, N.J. -- ShopRite will be participating in Whole Grain Sampling Day -- an annual event organized by the Whole Grains Council to educate consumers about the nutritional benefits of whole grains -- on Wednesday, March 30. Local participating stores are in Lyndhurst, Paramus, Passaic and Ramsey.
In New York, the Clinton and Yonkers stores are participating. The stores will celebrate with free samples and cooking demos.
"We've always known that whole grains are an important and delicious part of a balanced diet," says Natalie Menza, manager of Health and Wellness at ShopRite, which has 250 stores in the northeast.
"We're really excited that this day gives us the opportunity to not only inspire our customers about all the great whole grains that are available, but also helps shoppers discover unique ways to incorporate healthy grains into their favorite recipes."
For those unable to attend, ShopRite Health and Wellness team has compiled some suggestions on incorporating more whole grains into your diet:
- Add brown rice, barley or quinoa to soup or chili. They add texture and make the meal more filling and hearty.
- Use grains as a salad topping. Most people think of vegetables, meat and croutons as salad toppings, but grains such as rice pilaf, quinoa salad, tabbouleh or farro are interesting additions.
- Use oats instead of breadcrumbs: try using rolled oats in place of breadcrumbs in meatballs and burger recipes.
- Have popcorn as a snack. Yes, it's a whole grain. Aim for air popped popcorn to cut down on fat and sodium.
- Try substituting half whole wheat flour in your baked goods. Breads, pancakes, muffins and cookies are good places to start.
A full list of ShopRite health and wellness events can be found here.
A longtime supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated more than $39 million to 1,700 charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. For more information, visit ShopRite's website.
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