Volume 104 | June 2018
Your Go-To Guide for Grain Bowl Salads
Grain bowl salads offer the hungry chef endlessly customizable options. Plus, the addition of whole grains makes them more hearty (and oftentimes less delicate) than their green leafy counterparts. Check out our tips and tricks for building your own culinary masterpiece.

Plus, scroll to the bottom of this issue for picnic-friendly grain salad recipes!
Conference Line-Up Announced!
We still have a few more surprises up our sleeves, so check out our (nearly) complete speaker line-up, and then register for the conference ASAP to take advantage of early bird pricing. Topics include whole grain trends, cooking tips, sprouted grains, grain-free diets, the gut microbiome, the local grain movement, and more.
Research Update: Quality Carbs, Like Whole Grains, Linked with Numerous Health Benefits
Not all carbohydrates are created equal; everything from quinoa and blueberries to candy bars and soda have carbohydrates. In this review, researchers examined the links between different types of carbohydrates and health. They concluded that whole grains are linked with numerous health benefits, including lower cholesterol, body fat, and healthier blood sugar management, as well as lower risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, many cancers, and death from all causes.
Why Whole Grains Are a Staple on Every "Plant Forward" Plate
Plant-forward. Veg-centric. Plant-focused. These terms are making a splash in foodie lingo as an increasing number of innovative chefs and restaurateurs embrace meals using more whole grains, vegetables and legumes, and less meat.
Picnic-Friendly Grain Salads
Blueberries and blue cheese lend a punch of complex flavor to this hearty summer salad, which features sorghum, June’s Whole Grain of the Month. Round out the meal with grilled chicken or fish, or toss in a can of chickpeas when you make the salad.

An Oldways Whole Grains Council recipe
This salad features black and kidney beans, along with shelled edamame and green beans, which makes it a four-bean salad. 

Courtesy of “The Full Helping” and American Pulse Association
Layering the grains towards the bottom and the spinach on top will help keep this salad fresher for longer, making it perfect for summer picnics and outings.

Courtesy of Steve Petusevsky

Kelly Toups, MLA, RD, LDN 
Director of Nutrition

Caroline Sluyter
Whole Grains Council Program Director

Abby Clement
Whole Grain Stamp Program Manager