Although weight loss programs concentrate on cutting down fats, calories, and carbohydrates to make sure you form a more toned and healthy body. There are many reasons to reduce the consumption of these nutrients while you are trying to lose weight. However, it is a mythical belief that one must completely cut down carbohydrates and fats during a diet. This is far from the truth.
For someone undergoing a body transformation of any kind, it is important for the body to experience some physical exertion, exercise or workout.
This requires the body to have carbohydrates to energize you through the workout.
It is important to consume the right amount of calories to make sure that they do not experience severe hunger pangs and do not feel low on energy or tired and weaker than normal.
Healthy grain recipes are a great way to incorporate healthy carbohydrates in your meal. This gives you healthy carbohydrates and is a good way to gain energy. It does not have high levels of saturated fats and other harmful constituents. Here are some healthy grain recipes-
Healthy Grain Bowl Recipes
- Butternut Squash Grain Bowl
- Pecan Oat Triangles
Butternut Squash Grain Bowl
Bowls are easily customizable and can be altered to meet nutritional needs. You can even use leftovers from meals to mix and prepare a bowl that you will enjoy. Grain bowls are a great way to satiate your hunger and prepare a wholesome and nutritious meal. A mix of vegetables, fruits, and fibers make this bowl heart-healthy as they contain high levels of potassium and manganese.
Squash contains riboflavin, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, B6, C, and manganese and is a great source of nutrients. This is why this recipe is a great way to induce some extra nutrients in your diet on an everyday basis. Use leftover chicken and beans to add a protein supplement
- One cup butternut squash cubes
- One teaspoon of olive oil
- One teaspoon maple syrup
- Quarter teaspoon cinnamon
- Quarter teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
- A pinch salt
- Quarter cup pecans
- One cup cooked wild rice
- Two cups baby spinach or spring mix
- One small Honeycrisp apple
- Quarter cup dried cranberries
Method To Prepare:
- Heat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Toss the butternut squash with oil, syrup, cinnamon, pepper, and salt. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and roast for 25 to 30 minutes. Stir it occasionally.
- Place pecans on a piece of foil or small baking sheet and toast at 400F for five to ten minutes or until it is fragrant. make sure to watch it carefully.
- Assemble the bowls and divide the rice between two bowls. Add greens, squash, apples, cranberries and toasted pecans and you’re good to go.
Pecan Oat Triangles
The best part about this healthy grain recipe is that it can act as a substitute to granola bars that have a high amount of sugar and preservatives. Oats are high in fiber and help in increasing the metabolism rate apart from reducing the risk of heart conditions. Pecan also has many health benefits such as it improves heart health.
Pecan is full of nutrients that reduce the chances of cancer, have anti-aging properties and boosts immunity as well as digestion. This healthy grain recipe makes sure you can enjoy the benefits of oats and pecans as well.
This healthy grain recipe is compact and easy to carry. They are great mid-meal snacks and are filling as well as tasty. Here are the ingredients you need to make these oat triangles
- Half cup pecan halves
- Half cup butter
- Quarter cup light corn syrup
- Half cup packed light brown sugar
- One-eighth teaspoon salt
- One teaspoon vanilla extract
- Two and a half cups rolled oats
Method To Prepare:
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line an eight by an eight-inch baking dish with parchment or line with generously greased foil and set aside.
- Place pecans on a baking sheet and toast in the middle of the oven until they are one or two shades darker. Watch them carefully to prevent burning them.
- Remove from the oven and pour into a small bowl and place the nuts in the freezer to cool until they can be handled safely. Once they are cool, coarsely chop the pecans.
- In a two-quart saucepan, melt the butter while swirling the pan periodically. Adjust the heat to maintain gentle bubbling until foam turns a very light golden color and the liquid butter underneath begins to brown.
- Continue to cook and swirl the pan until the liquid butter under the foam turns copper-colored. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the corn syrup until dissolved. Stir in the brown sugar and salt and return to heat. Boil for 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Add oats and pecans to the saucepan and stir to coat. Pour mixture into a prepared baking dish and spread evenly.
- Place a small piece of parchment paper or oiled foil on top of oats and press down firmly with your hand to flatten, paying attention to sides and corners. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
- Remove the whole bar from the pan by lifting the edges of the parchment paper and place it on a cutting board. Cop it into 30 odd pieces and cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
These are the top recipes that one can prepare to incorporate grains in your diet and making sure that you consume the minimum amount of gluten, carbs, and calories that you require without having to prepare a complex dish.