Adding Wheat Germ to Your Diet
Wheat germ is an excellent source of niacin, thiamine, folate, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin E. It’s also packed with fiber and protein. Wheat germ contains a small amount of heart-healthy polyunsaturated fat, but no sodium.
The Mayo Clinic recommends wheat germ as one of its “10 Healthy Foods for Eating Well” and wheat germ is widely referred to as one of the original superfoods.
If you’re trying to figure out how to add wheat germ to your diet, a good place to start is the Kretschmer website. Kretschmer makes wheat germ in original and toasted varieties, which can be found at your local grocery store in the cereal aisle. They have a large selection of recipes using wheat germ on their website, including recipes for honey wheat germ energy bars, dark chocolate truffles, and pumpkin pie with a wheat germ crust. Each recipe has a color photo of the completed dish and the relevant nutritional information.
Dr. Oz is a fan of wheat germ and often promotes this superfood on his TV show. You can see a selection of recipes using wheat germ on his website.
You can also make small changes to your family’s current favorite recipes to incorporate wheat germ into your diet. Try these suggestions:
- Use wheat germ in place of bread crumbs when make homemade chicken fingers. You can either use 100% wheat germ or make a mixture of 50% bread crumbs and 50% wheat germ. Either way, this is an easy trick to boost the nutrition in a classic kid favorite dish. You can also try using wheat germ to replace some of the filler in your favorite recipe for meatloaf or meatballs.
- For breakfast, mix a tablespoon of wheat germ into your favorite smoothie. The wheat germ won’t noticeably affect the taste of the smoothie. A strawberry, banana, and wheat germ smoothie is one of my son’s favorite breakfast options!
- When making baked macaroni and cheese, sprinkle wheat germ on top of the noodles before cooking. Toasted wheat germ will give the dish a pleasant crunch.
- Add a tablespoon of wheat germ to your favorite pancake or waffle batter. If desired, you can also add a tablespoon of flax seed to the mixture. This is my personal favorite way to use wheat germ.
- When making cakes or cookies, decrease the amount of flour in your favorite recipe by half. Replace the missing flour with wheat germ.
Are you a big fan of wheat germ? Share with us one of your favorite recipes!