Whole Grain Goodness for a Healthy Heart!

Discover the many heart-healthy benefits of Whole Grains!

February is American Heart Month, a time designated to highlight ways we can all take better care of our hearts and improve our overall health. As we are all aware, one of the best (and tastiest!) ways to a healthy heart is eating a well-balanced diet full of whole foods: fresh vegetables, legumes, lean meats, and, one of our favorites, hearty whole grains!

Among many other benefits, a healthy, balanced diet rich in whole grains has been shown to:

Lower cholesterol levels
Decrease the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes
Help with maintaining a healthy weight, lowering risk for obesity

But have you ever stopped to consider why whole grains are so important (and so different from the refined grains found in many processed foods)? Most of the nutrients found in grains are contained in the bran and the germ – two parts which are typically removed during the processing of refined grains, flours, and other items. But because whole grains are unprocessed (or minimally processed), these important components are retained, making them vital sources of essential nutrients, like dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals!


So now we’re all on board with whole grains, but how do we incorporate them into our diets? One of the nicest things about grains is that there are so many to choose from: buckwheat, quinoa, barley, and spelt, just to name a few! And because each has its own unique flavor, texture, and nutritional profile, you’ll probably want to incorporate a variety of different whole grain options throughout the day. To get you started, here are some of our favorite tips:

• Learn to love oatmeal. Each serving contains 4g dietary fiber, 6g protein, and 15% of the recommended daily value of iron! Or mix things up by trying some of the many different whole grain cereals available.
• Say no to white bread! Whenever possible, opt for breads with whole grains listed as the first ingredient.
• When baking, use whole wheat or spelt flour in place of refined white flours. In most recipes you can substitute 50%-100% of the flour called for. Feeling even more adventurous? Try experimenting with alternative grain flours!
• Add grains to soups and salads for added flavor and texture.
• Making stir-fry or roasted vegetables? Easily swap out the white rice with brown. Or, take the rice out altogether and substitute with bulgur, kasha, or quinoa.
• Use quinoa flakes, rice flakes, or barley flakes in place of breadcrumbs in casseroles, toppings, and breadings.


To help you on your path to a heart-healthy diet, we’ve taken 25% off a large selection of our organic and all natural whole grains! Stop by ShilohFarms.com through February and save!

This February, enjoy 25% off Shiloh Farms Whole Grains!

Go Nuts for Nuts!

Shiloh Farms Organic & Non-GMO Nuts

We all know that nuts taste great & are an excellent source of protein, fiber, & heart-healthy fatty acids. But have you ever considered just how versatile they are? Try some of our sweet & savory ideas:


• Toast nuts in a dry pan to enhance their natural flavor. Chop & sprinkle over smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, or even ice cream!

• Add crunch & texture to salads, roasted vegetables, pasta dishes, or whole grain pilafs.

• Make your own customized nut butter. Pulse in a food processor until a thick paste forms, then sweeten with honey & season with salt to taste. Have fun with the flavorings – try adding cocoa, cinnamon, or other spices!

• Combine your favorite nuts, seeds, & dried fruits (& maybe even some of our Organic Dark Chocolate Chips!) for a quick & easy trail mix.

Grind nuts into a flour to be added to breads, muffins, & other baked goods.

• Puree nuts with fresh herbs, parmesan, & olive oil for a simple pesto to serve with pasta, top steamed vegetables, or spread on sandwiches. Go classic with pine nuts or experiment with walnuts, almonds, or even hazelnuts!

• Coarsely chop nuts & add to breadings for fish, chicken, or vegetables.

• Try homemade nut-milk: Soak nuts overnight, then puree with filtered water until smooth. Add a little salt & sweetener of choice to taste. Strain & enjoy!

Shiloh Farms Organic Hazelnuts

Sprouting: Bringing the Wonders of New Life to your Kitchen!

Though it may not yet feel like it wherever you are, today is officially the First Day of Spring! Before long you’ll start noticing trees budding & early flowers poking their colorful heads above the ground – the earth coming alive again. But things aren’t just “springing” up outside your window. Sprouting brings the myriad wonders of new life right to your kitchen table all year long!

At Shiloh Farms & PureLiving, sprouting is an essential part of our heritage & we are always on the lookout for new ways to highlight sprouted grains, legumes, & seeds in our products. But you may still wonder what exactly sprouting is & why it is so important. Well, consider this your primer on all things sprouted:


What is Sprouting?

Sprouting is a natural process for preserving the many wonders of new life. Dried grains (& legumes, nuts, etc.) are essentially seeds, & as such they contain all of the nutrients necessary for creating & supporting new, living plants. However, many of these nutrients are “locked away,” remaining dormant until they are needed. Sprouting is simply the process of allowing these grains to begin germination, transforming them from hibernating seeds to living plants.


Why is Sprouting Important?

As whole grains (or legumes, seeds, etc.) begin to sprout, naturally occurring beneficial enzymes are activated, while vitamins, & minerals that normally lay dormant are released. At the same time, starches & proteins are converted into more easily digested simple sugars. These processes result in the increased bioavailability of nutrients, making them more easily absorbed by the body to provide you energy & nourishment.


How can I try it?

Shiloh Farms signature Sprouted Breads (15% off through March!) are each made from a blend of organic, sprouted whole grains. Or, try our line of PureLiving Organic Sprouted Flours & easily infuse your favorite recipes with sprouting’s many benefits. Imagine cookies, muffins, & other baked goods that are as good-for-you as they are delicious! (Need some ideas? Check out our “Recipes” page.)

If you would like to try sprouting at home, check out this step-by-step guide for sprouting beans (a similar technique can be used to sprout grains & seeds).