Whole Grains Sampling Day (a giveaway!)


Today, April 2nd, marks this year’s official Whole Grain Sampling Day. Recently I was contacted by Oldways and the Whole Grain Council to be one of their ambassadors for this special day. As I think I’ve told you before, I get a lot of emails asking me to try products, participate in events, etc, etc. A LOT. When I started this blog, I did it because I loved to share my special finds and recipes with people. That simple. I didn’t do it to get free products, and I still don’t. But, over time, as my readership grew, so did my inbox. Even though PR agencies and consumers goods companies are constantly pitching products to me, I rarely accept their offers.

However, when something comes along that I feel is a good fit for me, my family and/or my readers, I hop on it. That was the case with this. For many years now, when I’m at the grocery store, I’ve searched for and chosen products that carry the whole grain seal. It’s just what I do. I know the health benefits, and personally, I love the taste and texture of foods made from whole grains.

NEW WG stamp ver. 3.AI


So, here I am- an Ambassador for this special day- trying to do my part to turn others on to the beauty of whole grains. In exchange, I was the recipient of an absolutely amazing gift box full of whole grain products to sample. I’m not kidding, I was blown away when this shipment arrived! Do you see that photo at top? That’s not even all of it! It’s going to take us a while to get through the entire box, but we’ve already found a few favorites.

Archer is particularly fond of  the Barbara’s Snackimals cereals and I’m a big fan of the cinnamon brown sugar belvita breakfast biscuits (perfect with my coffee every morning!) And I’m thrilled to have discovered freekeh. More to come on this ancient grain in the future….



Some of our favorite whole grain product discoveries so far: freekeh, belvita breakfast biscuits, Barbara’s Snackimals cereals

Which brings me to the best part of this post. I get to give away one of these incredible whole grain gift boxes to one of my readers!!! All you have to do to enter is this:

~ Contest Closed ~

And the winner is…..

#25 Jennifer J


1. Leave a comment telling me what your favorite whole grains products are. It can be a brand, specific items, or even a dish that you create using whole grains. If it’s a recipe, I’d love for you to share a link if you have one!


For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “I love whole grains & want to win the awesome #SampleWholeGrains gift box that @betheats is giving away! http://bit.ly/1ec1Na0” then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Follow me on Instagram (betheats) and upload a photo of any of your favorite whole grains products (brand, item, actual dish you’re eating!) with the hashtag #SampleWholeGrains, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.


Contest ends on Saturday, April 5th at noon CDT. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!


Disclosure: I received a free whole grains gift box and another to host this giveaway. I was not compensated for this post and opinions are solely mine.