This morning, NPR reported on the new dietary guidelines from the U.S. government. There is one big change: “Americans are being told to limit sugar to no more than 10 percent of daily calories.” However, some of the guidelines have not changed since the last time the guidelines were updated five years ago: “Much of the dietary advice included in the new guidelines will sound very familiar and remains unchanged from 2010. For instance, there's a focus on consuming more fruits and vegetables, more fiber and whole grains, and less salt.”
Have you made a New Year’s resolution related to health and food? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.
In honor of my resolution, I baked the best granola (see here for an earlier blog post) and have whole-wheat bread rising in the bread machine. Here’s the recipe. Enjoy! And may you take steps to improve your health in 2016!
First Step Whole-Wheat Bread
One third of this bread is whole-wheat flour to two-thirds white flour. It’s a great start in the transition from eating white bread to eating whole-wheat. I’ll be experimenting with 100 percent whole-wheat flour bread recipes this year and share them in future posts.
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ tablespoons butter or margarine
2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoons active-dry yeast
Measure and add all ingredients to a bread machine loaf pan in the order listed. Use the basic white bread setting according to the manufacturers instructions. After baking, remove from loaf pan and let cool on a rack. For even slicing, use an electric knife. I like to slice the loaf in half down the middle, then place the half cut side down and slice ½-inch thick. Yield: One 1 1/2-pound loaf