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Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Secret is in the Sauce

No, no, not the site, though it is awesome and a big shout out to any of the SITS girls who might be stopping by. I'm talking about a little something I like to add to our foods:

Wheat Germ is incredibly good for you (especially if you are or trying to get pregnant) and ridiculously easy to mix into a ton of foods. I sprinkle mine on my cereal every morning. Doesn't this look yummy?



We eat really well in our house (Indy loves broccoli, asparagus, spinach, green beans, lettuce, carrots and really, any vegetable), but I always try to find ways to add a little nutritious boost to our foods. Wheat germ is wonderful. It can be mixed into muffins, pancakes, cookies, or breads. I'm sure there is a flavor (I've heard it called nutty), but I never notice it. If you don't do baked goods (we really don't), it can also be mixed into oatmeal, pasta sauces, stir fry, casseroles, sloppy joes, bread crumbs, etc. M and Indy have never noticed, but I know they're getting a little extra boost of nutrition with every bite. Do you have any secrets to get more nutrition into your foods?

23 comments:

Sig said...

Really? YOu know I bought some and don't know what to do with it. Thanks!
Visiting from SITS :)

jewelstreet said...

I'm doing a SITS driveby! lol.

I've been meaning to get wheat germ. I've started to make my family eat more healthy which is not easy as they have a real aversion to healthy foods. Guess my tip is buy fresh organic veggies and fruits if you can. I like to raise my own. Organic veggies have more vitamins and nutrients in them. Edamames are a particular favorite.

Diva Scrapper said...

Very cool. I'll have to try it out. Stopping by from SITS to give you a shout out. Have a loverly day!

Nikki said...

I actually puree carots and other veggies and hide it in my spaghetti sauce! My husband has no clue! I try to find place to hide veggies because he refuses to eat them otherwise.

Anne said...

My mom puts Wheat Germ on everything. :) I like it with vanilla yogurt, it doesn't add a flavor (that I can taste) but I love the texture it gives the yogurt.

Fiona said...

So funny. My mother used to put Wheat Germ in things when I was little. I'm 100% sure no one would notice it, but because I *knew* it was there, I'd pretend it was nasty. I'd gag and otherwise demonstrate my displeasure.

When I was 12, my dad and I replaced Mother's Wheat Germ with cinnamon sugar, which she failed to notice for about a day. Whee! We were bad people.

Anyway - good for you. It's very healthy and if you don't have a bratty kid like I was, you're in good shape.

As for me, my secret to healthy eating is butter and Parmesan cheese. Honestly, my son will eat all sorts of veg if it's got a little butter and parm on it, so that's what I do. Greek yoghurt helps, too. Less meat/More veg, that's my plan.

Island Girl said...

Popping over from SITS!

My family started using Wheat Germ after our Vet recommended it for our dog - random I know - but now we use it all the time.

I have some friends who swear by flax seed, but I haven't tried it yet.

Have a great day!

Saucy Scribe Debora said...

I had forgotten all about wheat germ! I used to buy it all the time and added it to things like yogurt and cereal and why I stopped I can't recall. I'm adding it me shopping list for this week - thanks :)

I love to make zucchini bread - the kids love it, and I don't think they realize it's made with vegetables they won't go near if I sautee them as a side dish. Score one for mom!

Scribbler said...

I've been sneaking in wheat germ for many years -- miller's bran can also be hidden in things...

Scribbler

A Rendez-Vous with Style said...

Wow! Thanks for the reminder! My mom used to have this around the house when I was young. Maybe I can get some in my hubby's yogurt and definitely it will be going into pasta sauces as well. :)

Karen said...

I've always been afraid of Wheat Germ, mostly because of the name. I just assume it's going to taste disgusting and be completely noticeable. But thanks to your post and all of these comments, I'm definitely going to give it a try.

Thank you!

Jenn Calling Home said...

Greetings from over at SITS. Thanks for the reminders on how to you use this. I tend to just think of it as a bread crumb use (i.e., in meatloaf, burgers and parmesan chicken mix). I'll have to remember to use it more regularly.

Jenn Calling Home said...

Oh yeah, and I make a blueberry smoothie with spinach. I tell the kids there's a secret ingredient. They have no idea!

Sandy Toes said...

I sometimes flax seed in things...what a great idea..I sometimes puree and freeze cubes of veggies and throw it in stuff..they never know.
sandy toe

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Hey SITStah. How did you know we'd be coming by? I just stopped by because you were above my name in the roll call. Well, I can't imagine eating wheat germ but to each his (or her) own!

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

Great idea! I used to do this, and have totally gotten out of the habit. Thanks for the reminder.

Judi said...

Great idea!! I came over from SITS!!

emily said...

That canister is so familiar. I'm pretty sure my mom did the same thing in our cereal when we were little. I'll have to pick some up...

B said...

I do wheat germ too (amongst other secrets). I never noticed the taste either, but it's worth adding to things for that little boost of goodness.

Parenthood For Me said...

It sounds like flax seed. This is good for protein and to sprinkle on cereal etc. I will add wheat germ to the mix.
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The Scooper said...

Flax meal. Oat bran. I add them both to pancake mix, cereal, breads, muffins. I also chop up tons of veggies in my mini-prep (it's just a miniature food processor) and add them to sauces. Throw a couple of cups of chopped veggies in store-bought spaghetti sauce. It's yummier and full of goodness. And I always up the veggies in soups. And I add spinach to lots of stuff because once it's cooked the kids hardly see or taste it.

I haven't bought wheat germ in a while. Love that idea!

Pixeltrash said...

I love wheat germ and add it also to many things. We also eat well at our house and I do love to bake. I have thrown all kinds of seeds into my wwbread including flax seeds and sunflower seeds. Everyone in our family really enjoys them in there.

I just popped by from SITs!

Michelle said...

Yay for SITS shoutouts!!!

We haven't tried the wheat germ thing yet...but, we do sneak flax seed in every now and then. I sprinkle it on a toasted english muffin with PB & J!

Hope you had a fab weekend!

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