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We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers and healthy eating advocates to host aHealthy Every Week Challenge, a month-long initiative to develop healthy eating habits. The plan an is to develop a manageable healthy habit each week that will carry through the new year. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #gethealthy.

This past Saturday I completed my second week of HealthyEats’ January Healthy Every Week Challenge. This challenge is slightly different from the previous one I completed in that every week for the month of January I have a new weekly challenge.

The first week, which I successfully completed, was to eat breakfast every day. The second week, which I just completed, was to eat more whole grains.

Soooooo eat more whole grains…Sounds simple, but learning to come up with new ways to enjoy whole grains, some of which I never heard of, was pretty challenging.

I do my very best to eat whole grains daily. For bread I eat Orowheat’s whole grain bread, sometimes their bread thins which only has 70 calories per round. I eat steal cut oatmeal almost daily. Quinoa, cous-cous and whole wheat pasta are staples in my pantry. And more recently I found a granola cereal that contains Amaranth, spelt, kamut, khorasan wheat and quinoa. I haven’t heard of half of these ingredients, but boy is that cereal (Ancient Grains) yummy.

I pretty much stuck to eating these grains the same way I’ve done in the past. The only difference is one day I fixed some quinoa like I would oatmeal. I heated it up, added some almond milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, organic raisins and a bit of brown sugar. Boy, was it yummy. Oh, and when I used quinoa I used it instead of brown rice in a veggie/chicken stir-fry. Again, yummy.

By the time Saturday rolled around I was whole grained out. NOT! Whole grains rock and finding new ways to enjoy them was fun, AND since I ate whole grains every day, I’m considering this past week’s challenge successful.

Now week three’s challenge is to cook more at home. Sounds easy, but I know how easily this can be derailed as life gets busy. However, my girlfriend and I have already formed a game plan, sat down and laid out our meal plan for the week.

Will I succeed and cook more at home? Tune in next week to find out.

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