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10 Delicious Ways to Use Wheat Germ

10 Delicious Ways to Use Wheat Germ

When wheat is refined, the wheat germ is removed, which eliminates most of its nutrients.

However, you can add a whole grain punch to many foods, yet without all the carbs, by using just the wheat germ.

By eliminating the starch part of the wheat (endosperm), this grain can be a low calorie, yet nutrient dense food.

Wheat has received a bad rap over the last decade, but let’s consider how the germ of the wheat can be a nutritious part of your healthy diet.

Fiber, Protein, and Folic Acid

Wheat germ’s claim to fame is 3 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, 4 grams net carbs, and only 1 gram of fat per 2 Tbsp (13g) serving.

It is also is a good source or iron, potassium, folic acid, magnesium, thiamin, phosphorus, and zinc as well as plant sterols.

Some brands like Kretschmer Wheat Germ add vitamin E and extra folic acid for added benefit.

This is all for only 50 calories.

10 Easy Ways to Use Wheat Germ

  1. In place of bread crumbs in recipes.
  2. A topping for your yogurt, oatmeal, or sliced fruit.
  3. Use wheat germ in your baking by replacing some of the flour with it.
  4. As a filler in meatballs or meatloaf.
  5. Use it as a crumb topping on desserts or casseroles.
  6. Use it in your favorite bread stuffing recipe.
  7. Wheat germ can be a ready to serve cereal, eaten both cold or hot.
  8. Use it in smoothies.
  9. Wheat germ along with seasonings makes a nice coating for baked fish or chicken.
  10. Add it to your favorite soup recipe.

Luscious Lemon Cake Recipe

Directions:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) melted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract and finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • Powdered Sugar and Fresh Berries (optional for garnish)

Heat oven to 350°F. Coat bottom and sides of 9-inch round cake pan generously with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat butter with mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in sugar. Add eggs and yolk, one at a time, beating well after each. Blend in extract and zest. Mix on low speed, adding half of the combined dry ingredients; mix just until blended. Add yogurt followed by remaining dry ingredients and mix until well blended.

Spoon batter into pan, smoothing the top. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack 5 minutes. Run a knife between edges of cake and pan to loosen: invert cake onto rack. Turn cake right side up onto cake plate: cool completely. To serve, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Garnish with berries if desired.

Source: Kretschmer Toasted Wheat Germ Label

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