This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Wheat Food Council. All opinions are 100% mine.
Because I have been following the Weight Watchers weight loss plan, I have been more health “selective” when choosing which foods to eat. I have learned that foods rich in fiber such as whole grains tend to be lower in “Points” and more satisfying. I want to feel full while losing weight, so I often reach for the filling foods. While its easy to grab a loaf of wheat bread or a box of shredded wheat, I never stopped to think about all the hard work that goes into producing these helpful foods.
If you have the same questions, check out the new interactive, online multimedia program called How Wheat Works. This website delivers a farm-to-fork education on wheat, enabling a better understanding of its nutritional value. I have had the opportunity to take a look at this site during another promotion during which I took the time to plant some hard wheat. When I signed in today, my crops were ready to harvest! It was lots of fun to see how the farmer knows when the crop is ready to harvest, and the machinery that is involved (one acre of wheat can be harvested in less than 12 minutes!). Activity suggestions at the end of each phase allow participants to extend their learning experience through preparing wheat-based recipes, exploring wheat grown in their area through our state wheat commission member sites and viewing harvest videos from “America’s Heartland.”
And if you need more incentive to participate in the program, the Wheat Foods Council will donate two pounds of flour, up to 90,000 pounds, to Operation Homefront, a non-profit that provides assistance to needy U.S. troops and their families. This program is also being extended to youth by providing a kid-friendly website containing games, quizzes, and recipes. By arming citizens with information, the Wheat Council hopes to teach people how a whole or enriched grain food comes to be can shed new light on wheat nutrition, resulting in informed food choices.