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!

Celebrate Slow Cooking Month

January is Slow Cooking Month - Visit ShilohFarms.com for recipes & ideas!

January has been designated “Slow Cooking Month”, typically a time to share tried & true slow-cooker recipes (and believe us, we are big fans of this handy appliance). Here at Shiloh Farms, it is also an ideal opportunity to highlight the idea of “Slow Food” – dishes made from scratch using whole food ingredients and traditional techniques.


Many of us have treasured memories centered around the kitchen: stories shared around the kitchen counter, cherished recipes passed through the generations, and aromas and flavors that transport us to a specific place and time. However, in this age of on-the-go living, many of these traditions are being lost in favor of fast food, grab and go, and heat and serve.


There is certainly a place for these convenient options (no one has the time to make a meal from scratch every night!), but during these slow days of winter, why not take a lazy Saturday or quiet Sunday and try your hand at making Traditional Red Beans & Rice, cooked low and slow on the stovetop; forego the instant oatmeal in favor of a hearty, whole grain breakfast; or ditch the packaged mix and bake a cake from scratch instead? You may just find that the time spent, and memories made, will make the finished product taste even better!


To start you on your “Slow Food” journey, we’ve taken 25% off our Heirloom Grains, Beans, and PureLiving Sprouted Flours! Stop by ShilohFarms.com through January and save!

January: Save 25% on Heirloom Grains, Beans, & Flours from Shiloh Farms & PureLiving!

On-the-Go Summer Eats

Shiloh Farms Signature Trail Mix: Organic Chocolate Chips, Cranberries, Turkish Apricots, Pumpkin Seeds, & Toasted Cashews

Whether packing for a day at the beach, a hike in the woods, or just a picnic at your local park, summer is a season for easy, portable, grab & go fare. But don’t fall into the trap of reaching for greasy bag of potato chips or fast-food hamburger. Try some of our favorite ideas for ensuring that your on-the-go dining is wholesome & healthy, too!


Pita pockets are our go-to when it comes to portable meals & the possibilities are endless! Heading out for an early-morning trek? Slather on some nut butter & fill with fresh fruit. Sprinkle on some shredded coconut & sunflower seeds for a nutritious & filling on-the-go breakfast, ready in 5 minutes!


Mason jars make a perfect container for grab & go salads. Make a big batch of lentils, garbanzo beans, or your favorite whole grain, then portion out into individual jar salads for the whole week! Follow this basic formula: dressing on bottom, then grains or beans followed by chopped veggies, then top with lettuce, cheese, nuts, & seeds. When ready to eat, just shake it all up & enjoy!


Put that mason jar to a sweeter use with a deliciously simple chia pudding. Just mix together chia seeds & milk (or your preferred non-dairy milk) in a 1:4 ratio, add sweetener to taste, & refrigerate overnight. The next morning, top with fresh fruit & you’re ready to go!


There’s a reason why trail mix is a summer snacking staple: it’s a tasty treat that is also quick, convenient, & super-portable. Try one of our suggested combinations or use your own preferred mix of nutsfruit, & seeds – just don’t forget the chocolate chips!


When you want a crunchy, salty snack, our Mini Pretzels are the perfect alternative to potato chips. Trying to avoid salt? Not to worry – we have salt-free options, too!

Shiloh Farms Mini Oat Bran, Mini Organic Spelt Pretzels