Sometimes I get excited about strange things: the new throw pillow we just got for our bed, any mail with my name on it, every dog that walks by our house. A couple weeks ago, excitement once again crossed my face when I saw the subject line “Wheat Germ Opportunity” in my email inbox. Yes, I was genuinely thrilled about a chance to add more wheat germ to my life. Wheat germ is the “most vitamin- and mineral-rich part of the wheat kernel, it’s left out when wheat is processed into white flour” and it is packed with vitamins and protein. After reading that information and more on the Kretschmer web page, there was no way I was missing any wheat germ opportunity.
I’ve used Kretschmer Wheat Germ before (mostly in the granola bars mentioned in this post) so when they wrote me that email offering the chance to sample their product and write about it, I immediately said yes. I already had an almost empty jar of Original Toasted Wheat Germ sitting in my fridge that needed some attention and I really wanted to try the Honey Crunch flavor. Kretschmer invited me to check out the recipes on their website and I was really surprised by the diversity of uses for wheat germ.
The first recipe I tried with my new Honey Crunch Wheat Germ was Kretschmer’s Buttermilk Cornbread, though I used 1 and a 1/4 cups of milk with a tablespoon of vinegar stirred in instead of the buttermilk. The recipe made a bread that was sweeter and more crumbly than the cornbread I usually make, but just as delicious and as perfect a vehicle for chili.
I was also really intrigued by the recipe for Wheat Germ Dressing, which uses the original variety of wheat germ. Ultimately, this recipe tasted a lot like the vinaigrette Brian usually makes, but I liked the added body and the increase in nutrients.
In addition to those two new recipes, I’ve also been adding wheat germ wherever and whenever I think of it. I’ve randomly sprinkled a few tablespoons into my pancake batter and Brian’s enjoyed it on top of oatmeal. One of my favorite uses was on top of plain Greek yogurt with honey. So good!
Would you like your very own “wheat germ opportunity”? Kretschmer would like to extend their offer of a free Kretschmer product to one of my readers as well! All you need to do is leave a comment below (feel free to share your favorite wheat germ use or a recipe you want to try) and I’ll randomly draw a winner of a coupon for free Kretschmer product! You can also check out Kretschmer on Facebook or Twitter. You’ll have until 6 am on Thursday, June 20th to enter.
Disclaimer: I was provided coupons to try Kretschmer products free of charge. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. This contest is only open to residents of the U.S. Please visit this page for additional contest rules and disclaimers.