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Savory whole grains


Any diet is incomplete without whole grains. Our Bulk Department makes it easy to experiment and find your favorites. Take home just enough quinoa, barley, spelt, wild rice or other whole grains to determine which is your favorite. Then come back for more.

Our whole-grains guide offers even more tips about cooking, nutrition, storage and more. And don't forget: Our bulk database includes basic cooking tips for whatever you take home.

Healthy grains in bulk

As you’ve undoubtedly noticed in our deli, grains can be a delicious (and healthy) part of nearly any salad. Here’s a sampling of great grains you’ll find in our bulk section (visit our bulk database for cooking instructions).

  • Amaranth: High in iron, protein and dietary fiber (and free of gluten), amaranth lends a nuttiness to salads. It hails from Central America, where it’s a key ingredient in creations that include confections and beer. It can be cooked as a cereal, ground into flour, popped like popcorn, sprouted or toasted.
  • Barley: Its chewy texture and sweet, smoky flavor add extra oomph to salad, not to mention dietary fiber and selenium. Hulled barley is a whole grain and offers the most nutrients, but also takes longer to soak and cook. Pearl barley, which has more of the hull removed, is less chewy and cooks quicker.
  • Bulgur: Cracked, parboiled and dried whole wheat, this whole grain works in recipes similar to rice or couscous but brings a higher nutritional content. You may recognize it from its starring role in many a tabouli salad.
  • Quinoa: This ancient Andean grain tops wheat in protein and iron and other vital nutrients, marries well with a variety of vegetables and is gluten-free. Quinoa is a complete protein, with all nine essential amino acids, including lysine, essential for tissue growth and repair.
  • Spelt berries: This ancient grain is naturally high in fiber and contains more protein than its cousins in the wheat family. Though it contains gluten, some people sensitive to wheat are able to tolerate spelt.

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Health benefits

Besides tasting great, whole grains are rich in a variety of vital nutrients, including dietary fiber, manganese and magnesium.

Whole grains are believed to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, help prevent weight gain by helping us feel full and help reduce our risk of Type 2 diabetes.

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