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Benefits of Wheat Germ + Recipe


Trying to shed a few pounds? When you’re cutting calories, wheat germ helps ensure you’re not also skimping on nutrition by delivering the essential vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy. - it adds bulk to food and keeps you feeling full. The fiber content is also key to losing weight! 

Working out? 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. Add to smoothies, yogurt or oatmeal pre- or post-workout.

Wheat germ makes a nutritious and often undetectable addition to a myriad of dishes, including breads, pancakes, waffles, cookies, cereals, and milk shakes. It's a lower-fat alternative to granola that can be added to yogurt and cereals. When adding wheat germ to baked goods or quick breads, you can replace one half to one cup of the flour with it.


Serving Size: 1 oz, toasted                   Calories: 108
Fat: 3 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrate: 14 g
Protein: 8 g
Dietary Fiber: 4 g
Sodium: 1 mg
Folic Acid: 100 mcg
Pantothenic Acid: <1 mg Riboflavin: <1 mg
Thiamin: 1 mg
Vitamin B6: <1 mg
Vitamin E: 4 mg
Calcium: 13 mg
Copper: <1 mg
Iron: 3 mg
Magnesium: 91 mg
Manganese: 6 mg
Phosphorus: 325 mg
Potassium: 269 mg
Zinc: 5
At only 50 calories per 2-tablespoon serving, Kretschmer Wheat Germ delivers a protein-packed punch of vital nutrients, including:
  • Vitamin E: This fat-soluble antioxidant helps to protect cells and tissues from damage and may ward off certain diseases.
  • Folic Acid: A must-have for pregnant women—and a good idea for everyone else—this B vitamin helps make healthy new cells to protect against certain cancers.
  • Magnesium: This mineral helps keep your heart, bones and immune system strong. Recent data also suggests it may even slash your Type-2 diabetes risk.
  • Thiamin: This B vitamin helps convert carbohydrates into energy. It’s also essential for the proper functioning of the heart, muscles and nervous system.
  • Phosphorous: Working with calcium to build strong bones and teeth, this mineral is also necessary for the growth, maintenance and repair of all tissues.
  • Zinc: Your body uses this mineral for hundreds of functions, such as fighting off viruses, helping wounds heal, DNA synthesis and proper cell division.


PUT IT IN A SMOOTHIE!!



Strawberry Wheat Germ Smoothie


Prep:
5 mins
Level:
Easy
Yields:
2 servings, 1 cup each
Loaded with good-for-you nutrients like Vitamin E and C, folic acid and calcium, this strawberry orange wheat germ smoothie is a sweet treat you can feel good about!
Claims:
• Excellent Source: Calcium, Vitamin C, Folic Acid (20% Daily Value), Vitamin E (20% Daily Value)
• Good source : Fiber, Protein (13% Daily Value)

Ingredients

Directions

PLACE frozen strawberries, orange juice, dry milk, ice and wheat germ in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. 

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