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I know you’re all about to get your 4th of July on, so please don’t be all “you’ve jumped the Shark, Becky” on me. Ever since I started to eat healthier, my eyes have been opened to some really interesting and delicious foods that have either supplemented my meals or replaced the old addictions. Recently, I was able to add wheat germ to this list of yummy foods.
Before I was contacted to check out Kretschmer Wheat Germ, I had no idea what it was. This superfood (like flax and chia) can be used as a substitute in your favorite recipes to have various impacts on your nutrition. For instance, you can use it to lower your sodium and boost your protein (two of the biggest wins for me in my journey). There’s a really handy guide here that will help you discover the choices that are best for you and your family.
Studies show that wheat germ is great for athletes, expecting moms, kids, seniors, and healthy eaters. Below are five tips that were shared with me on the overall benefits of wheat germ. Happy, healthy eating!
Top 5 Overall Tips
- Energy: On the go? You need to keep your body fueled, and not with empty calories. Wheat germ is a fast, easy and inexpensive way to get the nutrients you need to fuel up or recharge. It contains B vitamins, protein, carbs and healthy fats. Spike your smoothies, yogurt or oatmeal before running out the door.
- Bones, teeth, and tissues: Working with calcium to build strong bones and teeth, phosphorous is necessary for the growth, maintenance and repair of all tissues. Women can especially use a boost of phosphorus to assist calcium in keeping bones strong.
- Immunity: Wheat germ is a good source of zinc, a mineral your body uses for hundreds of functions, such as helping wounds heal and fighting off viruses – helping you avoid that nasty cold! Each serving of Kretschmer Wheat Germ contains 10% of your recommended daily value of zinc to keep you healthy.
- Slimming Down: When you’re cutting calories, wheat germ helps ensure you’re not also skimping on nutrients by delivering the essential vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy and fuller, longer. Sprinkle it on everything from cereals to soups to boost the vitamins and minerals, or use it to replace less nutrient-dense foods in cooking, like breadcrumbs.
- Antioxidants: Wheat germ is an excellent source of Vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant that helps to protect cells and tissues from damage and may ward off certain diseases.
When you are looking for this product, it may be in your grocer’s cereal or baking aisle. If you are interested in this specific brand, head over to their store locator for a grocer near you.
Watch this page for great summer recipes using wheat germ!