Question via email: Could you tell me more about wheat germ? I know it’s healthy but there is also like 465 calories per 100 grams and I’m wondering if I should add it to my diet for more energy.
While I’m not a wheat germ aficionado I have supplemented my diet with it in the recent past, and in my youth Mama Asfour used to add it to her home made breads and muffins. It is without a doubt, a fantastic addition to healthy living!
First let’s address the issue of calories. A serving of wheat germ is actually 1-2 tablespoons. 100 grams of wheat germ would be about 1 cup, and has over 400 calories. 1-2 tablespoons of wheat germ has only 50-65 calories. I would like to take this opportunity remind my readers that unless you’re on a very strict weight loss plan for health or competition reasons – calorie counting is DEAD! If you’re eating organic, healthy whole foods, and avoiding processed and refined foods, the chances you will over-indulge are drastically reduced! Trust me on that. (full article on this topic coming soon!).
What makes it a power food?
Just one serving of wheat germ provides an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, B vitamins and folic acid. It is also 28 percent protein – which is more than some meat products!
Storage of wheat germ is important. Wheat germ contains unsaturated fats it will go rancid easily, especially in raw form. Keep fresh wheat germ in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It is best used within 4-6 months of purchase.
How to use it?
It’s so easy to incorporate wheat germ to your diet! Just add 1-2 tablespoons to a serving of yogurt, a smoothie, or a top a delicious bowl of oatmeal. You can also add it to pancake recipes or other baked goods. Just remember: you get the full health benefits in it’s raw, uncooked form.
In conclusion: Wheat germ is a superb nutrient dense food that will provide you with healthy energy, fibre to keep you feeling full, plus vitamins, minerals and omega 3 for healthy skin and hair.
Some tunage to go along with your power-packed wheat germ snack: “Wheat Kings” one of my favourite songs by Canadian artists, The Tragically Hip.
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