What is Wheat germ anyway? The word germ doesn't make it sound too appetizing but this tiny food is a powerhouse in the nutrient department, containing Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Thiamin, Zinc and Phosphorus. It is only a small percentage of the actual grain, but is responsible for growth of new wheat plants. Sadly, it is usually removed when wheat products like flour are processed. It is packed with vitamins and nutrients and there are definitely benefits to putting wheat germ in your diet. Luckily, even if most of our wheat products are processed and the germ is removed, we can buy wheat germ in most health food stores.
I usually add wheat germ to my breakfast so I don't forget to eat it later on in the day. If I'm having pancakes, I sprinkle it into the batter before cooking. If yogurt is on the breakfast menu, I add it to that with some fruit for some crunch and a slightly nutty taste. More often than not, I go all out healthy for breakfast and have a smoothie of mixed fruits and vegetables and add my super foods in. An example would be a Lettuce, Spinach, Carrot, Pineapple, Mango smooth with Chia Seeds and Wheat Germ. Really though, you can add wheat germ to almost anything. Try some in your omelets or sprinkled in your soup!This is especially beneficial for those who don't or don't want to take supplements and could use the extra boost of nutrients in the most natural way possible.
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