Find your holy grail of whole grains

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quinoa.JPGBy Amber Presley

If you're focused on eating a balanced diet, don't forget your whole grains!

A diet rich in whole grains may help curb your risk of colon cancer - the third most common cancer among Americans.

In addition to helping prevent cancer, fiber from whole grains can help you stay full longer and maintain a healthy weight.

"Studies show that most Americans aren't eating enough whole grains," says Mary Ellen Herndon, a wellness dietitian at MD Anderson and the Healthy Bites challenge coach. "This means they're potentially missing out on vital nutrients."

So, how can you make sure you're getting enough whole grains in your diet? Use these resources from our Healthy Bites challenge to find out.

1. Learn from someone who's done it.

Sarai wasn't sure she could convince her husband to switch from white pasta to quinoa. But, they were surprised by how easy it was once they knew what foods to eat. Read her story.

2. Watch our video on whole grains.

Short on time? Watch this quick video and get practical advice from our dietitian about including whole grains in meals. Watch the video.

3. Get flavorful recipes.

Think whole grains are boring? Then you haven't tried our whole wheat pizza or oatmeal blueberry muffins! Get our healthy whole grain recipes.

4. Print our guides.

Need a quick guide to help you spot real whole grains when you shop? Print our whole grain food list.

5. Use our cheatsheet for whole grain food ideas.

Want a visual snapshot of healthy whole grain options? Use our new infographic to find meal and snack options, and recommended serving sizes.

Want more nutrition advice? Join the Healthy Bites challenge. Subscribe to MD Anderson's Focused on Health newsletter. Each month, you'll get a new challenge by email along with information you can use to help protect your body from cancer.

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