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Deliciously Healthy Whole-Grain Recipes

Written by Megan Patrick, Staff Writer

A diet high in whole grains has been shown to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, plus the fiber in whole grains can help lower LDL, or "bad," cholesterol. Here are 13 delicious, heart-healthy recipes to help you reach the recommended 25-35 grams of fiber a day.

Quinoa with Spinach and Feta Cheese

Quinoa is similar to brown rice, with a higher protein content. Quinoa with Spinach and Feta Cheese makes a delicious side dish or light meal.

232 calories, 3.4 grams fiber


Whole Wheat Couscous with Spinach and Squash

Each portion of this Whole Wheat Couscous with Spinach and Squash dish has almost two servings of vegetables!

228 calories, 10.4 grams fiber


Herbed Bulgur and Lentil Salad

This Herbed Bulgur and Lentil Salad is even better the longer it sits in the fridge, so make a big batch of it on Sunday and eat it for lunch throughout the week. 

159 calories, 5.7 grams fiber


Blueberry Flax Seed Muffins

Low-fat buttermilk and applesauce help lower the fat in these Blueberry Flax Seed Muffins, and the whole-wheat flour and flax seed add fiber. 

137 calories, 2.6 grams fiber


Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins

Grab one of these Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins on your way out the door in the morning to get all the taste and nutrition of a bowl of oatmeal to go.

93 calories, 1.7 grams fiber


Buttermilk Biscuit

A Southern staple gets a dose of fiber with half the fat of the original in this Buttermilk Biscuit recipe makeover.

104 calories, 1 gram fiber


Better Breakfast Casserole

This Better Breakfast Casserole is perfect for busy mornings or Sunday brunches. (And it has half the calories of the original recipe.)

206 calories, .9 grams fiber


Black Beans and Brown Rice

Pair a simple meal of Black Beans and Brown Rice with a green salad and dinner is served!

213 calories, 7.6 grams fiber


Honey Oatmeal Whole Wheat Bread

Even if you've never baked fresh bread, this Honey Oatmeal Whole Wheat Bread recipe is easy enough for beginners.

90 calories, 2.5 grams fiber


Easy Whole Wheat Flatbread

Use this Easy Whole Wheat Flatbread instead of pita, sandwich bread or crackers for a homemade treat.

84 calories, 2.9 grams fiber


Vegetable Fried Rice

Turn a Chinese-food favorite into a healthy side by using brown rice instead of white in this Vegetable Fried Rice recipe.

137 calories, 3 grams fiber


Rosemary-Balsamic Brown Rice with Pecans and Cranberries

Dried fruit and nuts add flavor and texture to Rosemary-Balsamic Brown Rice with Pecans and Cranberries, a company- or holiday-worthy side dish.

186 calories, 3 grams fiber


Tabbouleh Salad

Add some Middle Eastern flavor to your next meal with the refreshing taste of Tabbouleh Salad.

286 calories, 9.5 grams fiber