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How to Eat Wheat Germ to Lose Weight

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Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of www.TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple gluten-free and dairy-free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook. Amie recently healed herself from a decade of chronic pain including Lyme Disease and Heavy Metals exhausting every doctor in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food. Amie's work appears on Martha Stewart, Fox News Health, WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Food Network, Glamour Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, Prevention Magazine, PBS and many others. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest @TheHealthyApple.
How to Eat Wheat Germ to Lose Weight
Wheat germ is a versatile grain that can be added to any recipe. Photo Credit Thomas Northcut/Lifesize/Getty Images

Wheat germ provides a healthy dose of fiber and minerals including zinc, folic acid and iron. When people cut saturated fat out of their diets, they usually tend to cut out their intake of meat. However, when this happens, they may be missing out on vital nutrients. Enter wheat germ, the fat-fighting embryo of the wheat kernel, also known as the portion that is removed during processing. As you work through your weight-loss goal to cut back on saturated fatty foods, opt for a sprinkle of wheat germ in every meal to provide you with a filling dose of fiber to satisfy your appetite, as well as a bounty of minerals and vitamins that you may be missing. Fresh wheat germ should taste like toasted nuts and should be kept in a sealed jar, where it'll remain fresh for approximately one year. After it's opened, it can be kept in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for approximately nine months. Because of its high unsaturated fat content, wheat germ goes rancid quickly.

Wheat germ can be added to any dish, including cereals, salads, smoothies and breads, and is often undetectable. For breakfast, use wheat germ in lieu of granola atop cereal, yogurt and eggs. When adding wheat germ to baked goods, replace one half cup of flour with the germ for a healthier, heartier dish.

Step 1

How to Eat Wheat Germ to Lose Weight
Wheat germ can be added to any breakfast meal including cereal, pancakes and waffles. Photo Credit breakfast image by Du...¡an Zidar from Fotolia.com

Start off your day with a dose of wheat germ in your smoothie or yogurt. Wheat germ adds a wonderful crunchy texture and nutty taste to these smooth breakfasts, but also tastes delicious added to pancake batter, waffles and omelets.

Step 2

How to Eat Wheat Germ to Lose Weight
Wheat germ can be added to any lunch dish, from salads to sandwiches. Photo Credit lunch image by Vladislav Gajic from Fotolia.com

Toss wheat germ into your lunchtime tuna salad mix or sprinkle it atop your green vegetable salad. Wheat germ tastes delicious when mixed with condiments such as mustard, which can then be spread onto your lunchtime sandwich for a tasty nibble. By adding wheat germ to every meal including your midday lunch regime, you can reap the benefits of constipation relief, which, in turn, helps with your weight loss plan by ridding your body of impurities.

Step 3

How to Eat Wheat Germ to Lose Weight
Wheat germ is a hearty alternative to bread crumbs. Photo Credit Dinner image by tgdusty from Fotolia.com

Use wheat germ in lieu of breadcrumbs for breaded chicken, eggplant Parmesan, stuffing and casserole dishes. You can even toss a scoop into pasta dishes, hearty chili, stews, soups and sauces.

Step 4

How to Eat Wheat Germ to Lose Weight
Wheat germ can be added to any snack for a boost of fiber. Photo Credit herring snack image by ewa kubicka from Fotolia.com

Add wheat germ to trail mix, dips and spreads for an easy way to reap the cholesterol-lowering and immune-system-strengthening benefits of the germ.

Step 5

How to Eat Wheat Germ to Lose Weight
Wheat germ can be added to any baked good for a healthy, hearty texture. Photo Credit dessert image by Lani from Fotolia.com

Add wheat germ to baked goods for a nutritious boost. It provides vitamin E and important B vitamins such as folic acid, as well as magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, manganese and zinc.

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