Monday, December 31, 2012

The Skinny Rules

Continuing on Bob Harper's Skinny Rules:

 Rule 4: Reduce refined flour and grain

 Refined grains include white flour, white rice, white bread and degermed cornflower. Many breads, cereals, crackers, desserts and pastries are made with refined grains, too.

When you eat grains make them as close to their natural state as possible. Here are some healthy grains to try:Amaranth - woodsy flavor, texture similar to cornmeal
Barley - pearled or unhulled is best, excellent in stews, soups, & casseroles
Buckwheat - available whole and cracked, robust - earthy flavor
Bulgur - no cooking necessary, need only be soaked in boiling water or broth and covered
Couscous - same as bulgar, no cooking necessary, texture like a tiny pasta
Kamut - rich and buttery flavor, chewy in texture, relative of wheat
Millet - easily digested grain, small and yellow bead-like grain
Oats - great for hot cereal or favorite baked goods, good source of soluble fiber
Quinoa - delicate flavor, light texture, and easy to digest
Rice (brown, basmati, wild etc.) - long grain cooks up dry and fluffy and good in pilafs, short grain is more tender
and sticky and is good as breakfast cereals and in casseroles
Wheat - good source of insoluble fiber

Bob says in good pasta there should only be two ingredients- one of them being whole wheat duram.

Rule 5- Get 30-50 g of fiber daily

Bob's go-to bread is Ezekiel, which has 3.5g fiber per serving.
Other good sources of fiber include:
kidney beans
whole grain pasta

Rule 6- Eat apples and/or berries every day.

I guess the ole saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away is still good advice.


  1. We bought two bags of apples to make sure we have enough for each of us to eat one a day :)

  2. Is it just me, or is it really hard to get that 30 - 50 grams of fiber without eating a ton of grains?


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