Whole grains are a fundamental part of a healthy diet, but with even Lucky Charms cereal claiming to contain whole grains these days, it's hard to get past the confusing food messages and figure out how exactly to incorporate heart-healthy grains into a breakfast routine. Though wheat is our cultural grain of choice, there's actually a huge variety of grains out there, and they're becoming even easier to find in stores. Once we get acquainted with what's available, eating more whole grains doesn't have to mean just reaching for the whole-wheat bread.
We've brought together 10 whole-grain breakfast recipes to get you eating more of this diet essential on a daily basis. There are recipes for familiar breakfast foods like pancakes and muffins that are chock-full of oats and whole wheat, plus there are ideas for ways to jazz up comforting staples like oatmeal. We've also included recipes that will help you discover less familiar grains and expand your breakfast horizons.
Use these recipes as inspiration to start bringing whole grains into your own favorite recipes. Almost any recipe can be made healthier by substituting regular flour for a whole-grain variety, and you'll start noticing more complex flavors and textures when you think beyond white flour. Once you get your feet wet, you'll be experimenting like a pro before you know it.
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