Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Add Kretschmer Wheat Germ to your Holiday Meals!

Hi Neighbors!

I know around the holidays many of us start thinking of food.  I mean who doesn't think of the family being together and huge meals, where you stuff yourself.  The problem is, most of our holiday eating is unhealthy.  We overeat and partake of too many sweets.  We often pay for our over indulgence throughout the following days and of course some of us add weight that we try all year long to shed.

How about adding some healthy eating into your holiday menu?  Now, I don't mean to change all your menu plans around, but what if you could make a few changes here and there to help make it a little more healthy by using Kretschmer Wheat Germ.

Maybe one morning for breakfast you could try their Pumpkin Waffles with Wheat Germ.



Spice up your morning routine with these quick and easy waffles. We added pumpkin for a delicious flavor treat and wheat germ for a nutritious boost that will get your day off to a great start.
SERVES 3
1 cup Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix
1/2 cup Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat waffle iron. If using a nonstick waffle iron, no oil is necessary. If using one that requires greasing, follow manufacturer’s instructions.
In large mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients until combined. Add 1/3 of batter to center of preheated waffle iron, close lid and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or according to waffle maker instructions. Using a fork, gently remove waffle from iron. Serve waffles with maple syrup, jam or a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
Note: While cooking other waffles, keep prepared waffles warm in 200° F oven.

This would be quickly become a family favorite here!

You could add their Whole Wheat Cloverleaf dinner Rolls with Wheat Germ to your holiday menu!




MAKES 18 ROLLS
3 tablespoons warm water (105°-115° F)
1/4-ounce package active dry yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
3 tablespoons honey, divided
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus additional for greasing the bowl
1 cup fat-free milk
1 cup Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ
2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour, plus additional for kneading dough
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Stir together warm water, yeast and 1 tablespoon honey in small bowl until yeast is dissolved; let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
In large mixing bowl, combine wheat germ, white whole wheat flour and salt with a rubber spatula. Mix in yeast mixture and butter mixture just until combined and a moist, sticky dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, using additional white whole wheat flour as needed, until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Form dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a draft-free place at room temperature until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
Coat 18 muffin cups with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Turn out dough onto a hard surface and divide evenly into thirds. Roll each piece of dough into an 18-inch long rope. Using a sharp knife, cut each rope crosswise into 18 1-inch pieces, rolling each piece into a ball. Place 3 balls side-by-side into each greased muffin cup forming a triangle. Cover muffin cups loosely with a kitchen towel and allow the rolls to rise until almost doubled in bulk, 30 to 40 minutes.
While rolls rise, put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400° F. Just before baking, brush rolls lightly with egg. Bake until golden, about 12 minutes.
- See more at: http://www.mywheatgerm.com/content/whole-wheat-cloverleaf-dinner-rolls-wheat-germ#sthash.AwEBNqpT.dpuf

Here is another one that would be a favorite around my home, Buttermilk Cornbread!  My family has to have cornbread with their chili and often with soups, so why not make it healthier!




SERVES 8
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1.) Preheat oven to 425° F. Grease 8 x 8-inch pan.
2.) Combine cornmeal, wheat germ, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in large bowl.
3.) In separate bowl mix eggs, oil and buttermilk. Stir egg mixture into dry ingredients, combining quickly so you don’t over mix. Pour into prepared pan.
4.) Bake about 30 minutes, until top is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Serve warm.

Makes 8 servings

Well, now that I have made everyone hungry, let me tell you a little bit about how we have used the Kretschmer Wheat Germ.  My daughter has added it to her oatmeal and yogurt.  We have added it to meatloaf and sprinkled it on salads.  It is an easy way to add some fiber to your meals.

Kretschmer:
Packed with nutrients, protein and fiber, Kretschmer Wheat Germ—produced proudly in Manhattan, Kansas—is making headlines as one of healthiest foods on the planet. Kretschmer products are part of the Sun Country Foods family, a company dedicated to healthy eating, located in Norwood, Massachusetts.

Why does the Mayo Clinic list wheat germ as one of the “10 health foods for eating well?” It’s simple: Gram for gram, wheat germ offers a significant dose of vitamins, minerals and protein. Tiny in size, but a nutrient-rich powerhouse, wheat “germ” (short for germination) is the part of wheat that sprouts and grows into a new plant. Despite being the most vitamin- and mineral-rich part of the wheat kernel, it’s left out when wheat is processed into white flour. Yes, we think that’s a shame, too! Because not only is it good for you, it’s delicious, with a satisfying, nutty flavor and distinctive texture. Here is what the Mayo Clinic says about wheat germ: “Wheat germ adds a healthy crunch to virtually any recipe, from pancakes to fruit smoothies.” 

Are you interested in making your holiday meals a little more healthy?  Be sure to visit the Kretschmer website to find more great recipes to add to your holiday meals, or perhaps you will find a way to change one just a little.  Also, one neighbors will receive a jar of Kretschmer Wheat Germ in this giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by neighbors!  See you soon, At the Fence!

Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did previously receive product for review purposes.  All quotes in red are taken from the sponsor's website, as well as the recipes.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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7 comments:

karenmed409 said...

I have not used wheat germ in any of my recipes, I just sprinkle a little over our oatmeal. I am going to try the Pumpkin Waffles with Wheat Germ

Robyn-coolestmommy R said...

I would like to add some wheat germ to the pancake recipe we use at home.

Angela snoozy said...

I have a Banana Wheat Germ Muffin recipe that is wonderful!

Angela snoozy said...

I have a Banana Wheat Germ Muffin recipe that is wonderful that I would like to make with Kretschmer Wheat Germ.

Nancy said...

I think wheat germ would be nice layered with yogurt or cottage cheese and fruit in a breakfast or dessert parfait.

coriwestphal said...

I love the sound of the Gingerbread Cookies with Wheat Germ! Might be baking those up for Christmas!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

Gianna said...

Crispy Cauliflower with a Twist.