Harvest on Hold… (again)

#YourFarmers have been working hard this fall to finish up harvest, but many acres of soybeans and corn are still left standing. Combining wet grains off of wet fields can cause a lot of issues so many farmers will wait until the grains are dryer before combining. This was challenging this fall as we saw many inches of rain with little rain free days to let the grounds and plants dry out. Then, winter came early and left a whooping 10 cm of snow in some already wet fields!

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#TrainWithGrainsTuesday Tip 11

We know how hard it is to ensure you and your family are enjoying a healthy lifestyle that includes whole grains. Every Tuesday we will release a #TrainWithGrainsTip that will help you include whole grains into your healthy lifestyle.

Our tip this week is:

Tip #11

Healthy eating starts with balanced menus and portion sizes, especially when it comes to filling your plates up for meals.  It is generally agreed that a balanced plate consists of 1/4 proteins, 1/4  carbohydrates and 1/2 vegetables.

Try filling half your plate with vegetables like broccoli, lettuce, peppers or cucumbers. The other half should be split between carbohydrates like pasta, potatoes, bread, or crackers, and the rest should be proteins like fish, chicken, beef or eggs!

Swap out the proteins, carbs and vegetables depending on if it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner!

 

#TrainWithGrainsTuesday Tip #10

We know how hard it is to ensure you and your family are enjoying a healthy lifestyle that includes whole grains. Every Tuesday we will release a #TrainWithGrainsTip that will help you include whole grains into your healthy lifestyle.

Our tip this week is:

Tip #10

This fall, choose corn to be your comfort food! Try creating some delicious food using Ontario cornmeal. When buying cornmeal, check the ingredient list for the words “whole corn.” This way, you know the product is whole grain – meaning all three parts of the grain are included: the bran, the germ and the endosperm to ensure your getting all the beneficial nutrients from the grains.

Try creating your own Skillet Cornbread or these savory Cornmeal Muffins with chives!  Serve with soup, stew or chili for a perfectly delicious fall meal.

Be sure to read our other #TrainWithGrainsTip from this fall to learn more ways to include whole grains into your lifestyle!

Combine to Kitchen – Cornmeal Muffins with Chives

Cornmeal muffins with chives

Enjoy these savoury muffins with soups, stews, salads or chili!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp minced chives

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, cayenne pepper and sugar. Stir in the minced chives.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the egg, buttermilk and oil.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir until combined.
  5. Pour into muffin tins. Bake for 15 minutes or until done. Cool on a rack. Store muffins in an air-tight container.

 

Recipe makes 10 muffins

 

Nutritional Analysis (per muffin):

182 kcal

4 g of protein

28 g of carbuhydrate

1 g of fiber

5.6 gram of total fat

168 mg of sodium

 

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Whole grain health on TSN 1150 The X-Factor with Lesley Stewart

We invited Michelle Jaelin, Registered Dietitian  from NutritionArtist.com to talk about the benefits of whole grain and the impact they have on a healthy lifestyle to Lesley Stewart from The X-Factor on TSN 1150!

“Athletes, weekend warriors and even the average Joe, can learn a lot from this next segment because we all function at a higher level when we are properly fueled using nutrition based grain to fuel our bodies” – Lesley Stewart.

Listen below:

#TrainWithGrainsTuesday Tip 9

We know how hard it is to ensure you and your family are enjoying a healthy lifestyle that includes whole grains. Every Tuesday we will release a #TrainWithGrainsTip that will help you include whole grains into your healthy lifestyle.

Our tip this week is:

Tip #9

Tortilla Chips from The Food Network

Planning you snacks for watching that hockey or football game this week. Go for a fibre or protein base snack – these will help keep you full longer and manage your hunger between meals.

Try mixing oats and soy butter in an energy ball or grabbing a couple handfuls of trail mix. Mixing your favourite cereal with pretzels, raisins, and nuts satisfies the sweet and salty.

Fresh fruit and vegetables or whole wheat crackers and cheese are always good options too!

Our Soy Hummus recipe is great with fresh cut vegetables, pretzels or crackers!

Or  try your hand at these homemade Tortilla Chips from The Food Network. This recipe calls for soft tortillas made from corn and fried until crispy to be dipped into salsa.