Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Kretschmer Wheat Germ Review and Giveaway

My favorite meal of the day, without a doubt, is breakfast. It’s one meal that I always enjoy, even when I am trying to watch my calories. I feel like I can always find satisfying things to eat without depriving myself, and it always tastes good! I typically eat the same types of things for breakfasts, and if I find a new one that I like I’ll eat it every day for weeks before switching to something different. One of my latest kicks has been this:

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I found this pumpkin streusel bread at Target last week and I’ve been eating it almost every day. Surprisingly, I’ve been able to make it last a week already and I still have some left! That’s definitely an accomplishment.

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I’ve been eating it with two scrambled eggs and a piece of fruit.

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(so excited that pears are finally in season again – I’m obsessed!)

Another breakfast favorite of mine as of late is a new overnight oats recipe that I threw together one night and turned out to be the best batch of overnight oats I’ve ever made!

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The oats were inspired by a couple of new products I was given the opportunity to review. A few weeks ago I received an email from Kelsey at 360 PR asking if I’d be interested in sampling some Kretschmer Wheat Germ.

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In her email, Kelsey stated that wheat germ is a “versatile and often overlooked ingredient that gives recipes a nutritional boost.” I had never tried wheat germ before and didn’t know much about it, so I checked out the website for some more information. Here are some facts about this superfood:

  • Wheat germ is derived from the most nutrient-rich part of the wheat kernel and is loaded with B vitamins, vitamin E, folic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc
  • Even though it’s the most nutritious part of the wheat kernel, it is left out when wheat is processed to white flour
  • The germ makes up only 2.5% of the wheat grain. It takes 50 pounds of wheat to produce one pound of wheat germ!
  • Wheat germ has a unique crunch and a slightly nutty flavor, and it makes a healthy addition to tons of recipes

Kelsey sent me a couple of coupons to sample the wheat germ for myself (although I couldn’t find the honey crunch flavor – bummer!), as well as some coupons for some Stonyfield Oikos Greek yogurt. I picked up a couple of traditional fruit flavors, but got excited when I saw this one:

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Chocolate yogurt?! Sign me up!

The chocolate yogurt is what inspired me to whip together some chocolate peanut butter overnight oats.

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I mixed 1/2 cup oats, the yogurt, a spoonful of peanut butter, and a splash of milk and let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, I topped it with two tablespoons of wheat germ and stirred it all up.

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It was very good! I like a little crunch in my yogurt bowls and overnight oats, and the wheat germ added the perfect amount. The taste was mild, but slightly nutty, and blended well with the other flavors. Like I said, this has become one of my new favorite breakfasts!


I also tried the wheat germ while cooking dinner on Monday night. I prepared some Panko breaded chicken and added a few tablespoons of wheat germ to the bread crumb mixture.

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I pan fried the chicken for a couple of minutes before baking it in the oven.

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To be honest, I couldn’t really taste the wheat germ in this recipe but I liked that it added an extra nutritional boost. It really is quite versatile and I’ve found myself using it a lot more often than I thought I would. I still have one more coupon to use, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to find some of the honey crunch flavored wheat germ!

For those who are interested, here are the nutrition stats on the wheat germ:

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Curious to try some for yourself? Well, you can! Kelsey offered to send a reader a coupon for a free jar of Kretschmer Wheat Germ, as well as a Stonyfield Oikos coupon as well. To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite thing to eat for breakfast. For an extra entry, you can like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway! Be sure to leave an extra comment on this post letting me know that you did. I’ll pick a random winner on Monday, December 2nd. Good luck!

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