New in the Market: Village Harvest Whole Grain Creations

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on May 7, 2012 · 3 comments

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

Only 8% of US adults eat three or more servings of whole grains a day and 42% eat none. A whole grain is made up of the complete grain kernel: bran, germ and endosperm. Bran is the outer protective layer, providing fiber and minerals. The germ can sprout into a new plant and contains vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. The endosperm is rich in protein and starch. It is the warehouse of food the germ would use to sprout and grow if the grain where planted.  Eating a whole grain gives you the full benefit of all three parts.

Many people complain that they don’t have the time or the skill to cook whole grains from scratch. Since the average family spends less than 20 minutes preparing dinner, there is little chance many will include whole grains no matter how healthy.

Enter Whole Grain Medleys and Whole Grain Creations from Village Harvest. These are frozen whole grains packaged in 10-ounce pouches that can be microwaved in 90 seconds or heated on the stovetop, without any water or oil, in 3 minutes

The Whole Grain Medleys are basic grain combinations: Wheatberry & Barley; Farro & Red Rice; Brown, Red & Wild Rice Medley; Red Quinoa & Brown Rice; and Golden Quinoa. These can be used as the base for a dish or added to a stir-fry. We added fried onions and garlic for a side dish. They all had an excellent taste, are very low in sodium, and provide at least 3 grams of fiber in a serving.

Whole Grain Creations come in two varieties: Brown Rice, Wild Rice with Corn & Black Beans, and Wheatberries, Barley, Quinoa with Cranberries & Almonds. These are very low sodium with 0 and 5 milligrams respectively and 4 and 6 grams of fiber per serving.

This brand offers an easy, simple way to add whole grains to your meals. This brand is definitely worth a try.

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Paul Henry May 28, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Where in the Seattle area can we find Whole grain creations with cranberries and almonds? Costco carried it but later dropped the product.

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Jo-Ann Heslin, RD June 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

Here is the product locator link from the company. Perhaps it can point you toward a resource in your area.
http://villageharvestrice.com/buy/

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Christina Duggins January 28, 2014 at 12:03 am

Totally bummed when Costco quit carrying it. I live on the east side of Washington and nobody carries it. I have to drive 200+ miles roundtrip if I want it. Amazon is ridiculous at 30+ dollars for shipping making a bag nearly 9.00 for 10 oz. Also the product locator is not updated. They still show Top Foods in Yakima, Wa carrying the products, but it’s been closed for over a year now.

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