Healthy Eating withWhole Grains
Make at least half of your grain products whole grain each day.
This mini-lesson will take 30-45 minutes to complete and includes a PowerPoint presentation followed by a small-group activity.
A discussion on whole grains, the health benefits, and key food sources will help participants get the most from this mini-lesson and the learning activities.
Healthy Eating with Whole Grains PowerPoint Presentation
- To help you lead this discussion, use the Healthy Eating with Whole Grains PowerPoint presentation and speaker notes. You may need to present this information in a format suitable for the group situation. You might copy the key information onto flip chart paper or make overhead projector transparencies. You might also choose to distribute handouts of the presentation slides.
- Begin this lesson by reviewing Canada's Food Guide. Distribute a copy of the Food Guide to each person. Highlight the Grains Products food group and the key messages within this food group:
- Make at least half of your grain products whole grain each day.
- Eat a variety of whole grains such as barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, and wild rice.
- Enjoy whole-grain breads, oatmeal, or whole wheat pasta.
- To begin the discussion, ask the group about their experiences with whole grains:
- "Have you tried brown rice or whole wheat pasta? Do you notice much of a difference compared to white rice or regular pasta?"
- "How often do you choose whole wheat bread? How often do you choose whole wheat rolls, bagels, English muffins, tortillas, etc.?"
- "How many of you have tried whole grains such as quinoa, bulgur, steel-cut oats, wheat berries, or wild rice?" For those who are not familiar with these foods, explain that by the end of the mini-lesson everyone will have a better idea of what these whole-grain foods are and how to prepare them. Encourage participants to keep an open mind to new foods.
- Use the information on each PowerPoint slide to guide your discussion on whole grains.
Discussion points for the Leader can be found in the complete Lesson 3 download.
- Slide 2: Canada's Food Guide & Whole Grains
- Slide 3-4: What are Whole Grains
- Slide 5: Why should I eat more whole grains?
- Slide 6: Where to look for whole grains
- Slide 7-10: Buyer Beware - Whole Grain Facts
Healthy Eating with Whole Grains activity:
Planning Meals with Whole Grains Worksheets
- Ask participants to work in pairs or small groups.
- Distribute one Planning Meals with Whole Grains worksheet to each pair or small group. Ask groups to suggest ways to add whole grain foods to the meal on their worksheet.
- Distribute one Whole Grain Foods handout to each participant. Ask participants to refer to this handout for ideas to help complete this activity. Allow about 5 minutes for groups to work on this activity.
- Starting with Planning Meals with Whole Grains, have each group report on their work by reading out the original meal and their revised "whole grain" meal. To help people follow along, use the PowerPoint slides 11-18.
- Use the chart below to provide additional ideas for adding whole grains to the meals in this activity. Discuss how to prepare whole grains, where to purchase whole grains, and recipe ideas, using the materials provided below.
- Distribute the How to Cook Whole Grains and Whole Grain Recipes handouts.
- If literacy is NOT an issue, you may decide to distribute copies of Whole Grains A-Z from the WholeGrains Council website.
- Most whole grains are available in local grocery stores, bulk stores, and natural or health food stores.
- Encourage participants to try to add whole grains at their next meal.
- Suggest additional resources related to this session:
- Distribute an evaluation form for each person to complete. The forms are found in the evaluation section of the website. The feedback you receive will be useful in planning future sessions.