If you're still eating processed grains, quit.

Posted by Justin Shaw on Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 07:02 AM

Carbohydrates are one of our macronutrients, and it's very important to get the right amount and from the right sources. For some time carbs were viewed as bad for our bodies, and"no or low carb diets" were all the craze. 

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Whole Grains and Exercise!

Posted by Justin Shaw on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

There's always a lot of speculation on what foods are the best to eat before or after a workout. It's important to pick a pre workout food that will keep you full and helps keep your energy levels high! Whole grains are a great source of energy and are rich in soluble fiber so you feel fuller longer!

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Whole grains and what they can do for you!

Posted by Justin Shaw on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

We're used to being pumped full of information about what the next health craze is going to be. It seems like everyday there's some new diet or fad that's guranteed to lead to a better, healthier you! There are the ones we're probbly all familar with, the low fat diet, the low carb diet, but there are staples that, for as long as we can remember, everyone has agreed are healthy. Vegetables like kale, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, and fruits like apples, grapes, and oranges.  

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Tags: Healthy eating, whole grain, Whole Grain Council

Food Trends That Could Influence Your Kids Eating

Posted by Keyna Ledford on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

It is always a struggle to find foods that your kids will eat, let alone contain the nutrients they need.  According to Food Navigator there are eight healthy food trends that could effect how your kids eat in 2016.

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Tags: whole grain, Appleways, Kids Food Trends

Results From The Whole Grain Consumer Insights Survey

Posted by Keyna Ledford on Wed, Jan 06, 2016 @ 17:01 PM

In August 2015, the Oldways Whole Grain Council conducted a survey to see how whole grains have changed over the past five years. They took a sample of around 1,500 adults with the help of Survey Sampling International. Below you will find an abbreviated infographic of their findings.

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Easy Holiday Potluck Dishes

Posted by Keyna Ledford on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 @ 15:12 PM

Searching for a fun, but crowd-pleasing recipe to take to your company’s holiday potluck? Look no further! Whether it is a twist on a classic dish or a new dish with a burst of flavor, these recipes will win over your co-workers.

Crescent Brie Roll

  • 1 package of refrigerated crescent rolls

  • 1 round Brie log

  • 1 jar of your favorite jam (Apricot, apple, or raspberry work well)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a pie pan, unroll the crescent roll dough. In the center of the dough, place the unwrapped Brie log. Now open the jar of jam and spoon over the Brie log (use enough to cover all the exposed Brie). Take the sides of the dough and pull to the center until all the Brie is covered. Put in in the over for 25 to 35 minutes, until cheese is gooey.


Parsley-Herb Rice with Cranberries

  • 2 2/3 cups water

  • 1 1/3 cups uncooked long grain or regular brown rice

  • 1/4 cup butter 

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed, or 2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

  • 1/2 cup snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, rice, butter, dried basil (if using), and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes for long grain rice (about 40 minutes for brown rice) or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Stir in cranberries. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

  2. Stir fresh basil (if using), parsley, and walnuts into the cooked rice just before serving.


Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Pecans

  • 4 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 2/3 cup whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2-3 cups tiny marshmallows 

  • 1/4 cup pecan halves, toasted


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Scrub potatoes and prick with a fork. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with 1-tablespoon salt. Place potatoes in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Roast, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes or until soft. Cool until easy to handle.

  2. Halve potatoes; scoop out flesh and discard skin. Press through a fine mesh sieve. Transfer to a large bowl.

  3. In a small saucepan, combine butter and whipping cream; cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a simmer. Fold into the sweet potatoes along with the maple syrup, nutmeg and remaining 1-teaspoon salt. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish.

  4. Cover and chill up to 24 hours.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake chilled casserole, covered, for 55 minutes, stirring once. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Uncover and sprinkle marshmallows on potatoes. Bake, uncovered, 12 to 15 minutes or until marshmallows are golden brown. Sprinkle with toasted pecans. Serve immediately. Makes 8 (1/2-cup) servings, plus leftovers



Bonanza Bean Dip

  • 1 16-ounce can refried beans

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 recipe Lime Guacamole, below

  • 4 ounces cojita cheese, crumbled (1 cup) or 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • 1 8-ounce carton dairy sour cream

  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

  • 1 2 1/4 - ounce can sliced pitted ripe olives

  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions

  • 1/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • Green onion tops (optional)

  • Tortilla or corn chips

  • Lime wedges


  1. In bowl combine beans and cayenne. In one half of bottom of 2-quart rectangular baking dish spread bean mixture in even layer. Spoon Lime Guacamole in other half, spreading evenly. Sprinkle both with cojita cheese. Spread sour cream over all. Cover; chill up to 24 hours.

  2. Before serving, sprinkle tomatoes, well-drained olives, and onions over sour cream. Sprinkle shredded Monterey Jack cheese over tomatoes. Sprinkle onion on top. Pass lime wedges for guests to season their own dip. Makes 8 to 10 (1/2 cup) servings.


Lime Guacamole

  • avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and coarsely mashed
  • medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped
  • tablespoon minced garlic (6 cloves)
  • teaspoon shredded lime peel
  • tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce


  1. In bowl combine avocados, tomato, onion, jalapeno, garlic, lime peel, lime juice, salt, pepper, and hot pepper sauce.

For more recipe ideas visit Darlington's website! We have a yummy recipe for Spikerz Whole Grain Mac and Cheese!


Keyna Ledford is a Marketing Communications Associate for Darlington. She is a designer, painter, and photographer with more than ten years of experience in the industry

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What Does Healthy Eating Really Mean

Posted by Keyna Ledford on Fri, Dec 04, 2015 @ 08:12 AM
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Posted by Keyna Ledford on Fri, Nov 06, 2015 @ 10:11 AM

If you are as lucky as I am, you were volunteered to host Thanksgiving this year. The holidays are already stressful when so many people come together, but now you are having nightmares of all the possible food disasters that could ensue. No one wants a hungry mob of in-laws to deal with, so try to be proactive and follow these simple steps for a stress free Thanksgiving.

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Tags: Stress Free, Thanksgiving, new flavors, whole grain

Post Halloween Snack Strategy

Posted by Keyna Ledford on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 @ 11:10 AM

Halloween is such a fun filled time of the year, picking out costumes, planning parties, and watching your kids map out their candy route. Have you thought about your post Halloween strategy? Here are some tactics your fellow parents are using (comments were collected from Indianapolis mothers during a survey).

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Tags: whole grain, Appleways, snacks, Halloween, Snack Strategy

Food Substitutions for Healthy Eating

Posted by Keyna Ledford on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 @ 09:10 AM
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Tags: Soft Oatmeal Bars, Healthy eating, whole grain, Appleways