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Post Great Grains Review and Curtis Stone Interview

by Nicole on March 12, 2012

Name of Product: Post Great Grains

Where can the product be purchased: at grocers nationwide

Description of Product: “What do we mean when we say Great Grains is “less processed”? Great Grains uses more simple ingredients; more “whole food” ingredients like whole grain flakes from the actual wheat berry, as well as real fruit and nuts. Rather than grinding our wheat into flour and then stamping it into uniform flakes, Great Grains Cranberry Almond Crunch carefully cracks the whole wheat berry, and adds a mix of grains to provide a flake that helps lock in the full flavor and nutrients.

Great Grains Cranberry Almond Crunch has naturally nutritious cranberries, wholesome almonds, crispy multi grain flakes, and crunchy multi grain clusters for a taste you’ll love.”

Review of Product: I received the Great Grains Cereal to try out and love it.  I hadn’t tried it before but I love the simplicity and the great crunch of it.  It is super versatile and I’ve used it to crust chicken as well as traditionally with milk for breakfast! I had the opportunity to interview Curtis Stone, a chef, about nutrition and how Post Great Grains can be a part of a healthy and nutritious meal routine! Here is my interview:

1. I hear you are a new dad – congrats! Are you getting any sleep or just running on fumes?
DOING A LITTLE BIT OF BOTH BUT HE IS A GOOD SLEEPER, NOT TOO MUCH DRAMA. I DO FIND IT CHALLENGING TO COOK WITH ONE HAND BUT IT HAS BEEN A BLAST SO FAR!

2. How does color play into the creation of good food?
COLOR IS REALLY IMPORTANT WITH FOOD SINCE YOU EAT WITH YOUR EYES AND IT IS A GOOD INDICATION OF HEALTH. THE MORE COLOR THE HEALTHIER THE MEAL IS: DARK GREEN, YELLOWS, PURPLES, ETC.

3. How can I get a picky child to eat more vegetables and be more open to experimenting with food?
THE WAY TO DEAL WITH KIDS IS BY INTRODUCING THEM TO NEW FOODS WITH SOMETHING THEY LOVE, ADDING THE NEW INGREDIENT INTO THAT FOOD SO THEY GO FOR IT.
ANOTHER WAY IS TO ASSOCIATE THE NEW FOOD WITH A COOKING METHOD THEY LIKE – GRILLING – TO ASSOCIATE THE SMOKY FLAVOR WITH THE NEW FOOD TO GET THEM TO LIKE IT AS WELL.

4. How can I easily add more whole grains into my family’s meals?
CHECK OUT OUR GREAT GRAINS FACEBOOK PAGE AND YOU WILL HAVE LOTS OF WAYS TO INCORPORATE THAT INTO YOUR DIET

5. What are your top 3 tips for the typical mother home cook who doesn’t have any culinary training?
WELL STOCKED PANTRY – HAVING PLENTY TO CHOOSE FROM MAKES IT EASIER TO COOK
CHOOSE SEASONAL FRUITS AND VEGGIES – CHEAPER, MORE ABUDANT, TASTE BETTER BECAUSE THEY ARE LOCALLY GROWN
KEEP IT SIMPLE – DON’T OVER THINK, DON’T INCLUDE TOO MANY INGREDIENTS OR METHODS AND THEN YOU CAN EXPAND AS EXPERIENCE GROWS

6. Can you describe a great lunchbox meal for an elementary schooler than is well-balanced and something they would be happy eating?
A HEALTHY WRAP IS GREAT FOR A MAIN PART OF THE MEAL WITH SOME INTERESTING RECIPES – AN EXAMPLE IS CHICKEN SALAD WITH APPLES OR RAISINS TO INCORPORATE VEGGIES AND FRUIT. FRESH FRUIT IS ALWAYS A GOOD OPTION. IT IS IMPORTANT TO SERVE KIDS WATER, AND HAVE JUICE AS A SECOND CHOICE. TRY TO STEER CLEAR OF SODA. FOR DESSERT, TRY OUR GREAT GRAINS CHEWY CHERRY BAR – DELICIOUS AND GOOD FOR THEM

7. Tell me a creative and yummy main dish I could serve to family or friends.
As we are getting into spring, salad is a great way to go. Start with a delicious green mix with grilled asparagus or zucchini and a grilled protein with a dry rub with a nice authentic dressing that makes an authentic and simple dinner that is delicious and healthy

8. What products should I look for when shopping to help my family eat healthier?
Good, natural ingredients. Whole grains, whole nuts, seasonal fruits and veggies. Greek yogurt and fresh greens are always good for you.

9. What to do about eating out? What are restaurant menu tips for making the best choices when ordering?
This depends on what your tastes are, but moderation is key and slight tweaks are good. Dressing on the side, steamed veggies rather than sautéed. Don’t fill up on bread you can eat that any time. Save room for the appetizer and main course

10. What else do you want the Nicole’s Nickels readers to know?
I have a great new show that is debuting in May “Around the World in 80 Plates”. We visit a whole bunch of exciting places and explore lots of delicious cuisine so check it out on Bravo

Check out some great recipes with Great Grains:

1.  Baked Apples with Raisins, Dates and Pecan Stuffing

2.  Chewy Cherry-Nut Bars

3.  Spiced Pumpkin Bread with Cranberries and Almonds

I received a sample of this product to review at no charge but my opinions remain my own.

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1 Rachel March 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I enjoyed reading your interview with Curtis Stone! The salad he talks about sounds good!

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