One of the amazing benefits of being on Purple is its extensive list of ZeroPoint foods, which most notably includes a variety of whole grains. Grains have a lot to offer: Besides being fantastic sources of fiber, they also include many of the same antioxidants widely touted in fruits and vegetables. Here are some of tastiest grains on myWW Purple to help you expand your cooking game.
This nutty-tasting, chewy grain is basically “unrefined” white rice, which just means it has a fiber-rich, highly nutritious profile. You can substitute brown rice for white rice in almost any dish!
A form of cracked wheat, bulgur has been steamed, dried, and crushed into several sizes—smaller bulgur is typically used in tabbouleh. It has a mild taste and chewy texture, so it’s perfect in salads or paired with meat.
Typically served as grits in the South, hominy is made from processed and dried corn kernels. It’s extremely popular in Mexican cooking and most closely resembles chickpeas in texture and size. But don’t be fooled—hominy tastes completely different!
While it’s used like a grain, quinoa is technically a seed. (Fun fact—it’s a relative of spinach!) Quinoa is prepared like rice but takes less time to make, and becomes translucent, light, and fluffy when cooked, and has 8 grams of quality protein per cup.
Incredibly versatile and easy to cook with, this go-to pantry staple is great for weeknight dinners. Enjoy it in comfort food classics like macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, as well as in soups, and one-pot pastas. But keep in mind that whole-wheat pasta is only a ZeroPoint food when it's eaten plain. If it's prepared with ingredients that have SmartPoints, like oils or sauces, you'll want to track your portions of those add-ons.