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SUPERMARKET SCOOP

EVERY DAY WITH RACHAEL RAY PRESENTS

Healthy Hit

SHOWDOWN!

FAB WAYS TO FIBER UP!

These new whole grain versions of supermarket standbys sneak in more fiber and protein when you bake, cook and reheat! BY NICOLE CHERIE JONES

ORIGINAL:

Gold Medal AllPurpose Flour

UPGRADE:

White Whole Whea Wh eatt Wheat

BATTLE OF THE VANILLA FROSTINGS

HOMEMADE

PACKAGED

WHITE WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR AND VAN'S BELGIAN HOMESTYLE WAFFLES, RDA—MKE; ALL OTHER PHOTOS BY GORMAN + GORMAN; FOOD STYLING BY ROSCOE BETSILL.

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The Inside Story: Made from a lighter type of wheat, this whole grain option still produces tender, fluffy results, even when swapped one-for-one with the white stuff. Whole Grain Gain: 12 grams of whole grains, triple the fiber (3 grams) and 33 percent more protein (4 grams) per serving. ORIGINAL:

Bisquick Original

UPGRADE:

Complete with Whole Grain

Easier

The Inside Story: Use this white and whole wheat blend everywhere you’d normally use Bisquick: for pancakes, crusts, casseroles, and crispy chicken or fish coatings. Whole Grain Gain: 12 grams of whole grains, twice the fiber (2 grams) and double the protein (6 grams) per serving. ORIGINAL:

Van’s Belgian Homestyle Waffles

16 oz.

1 minute

PREP TIME

5 minutes

$2.50 (average)

PRICE

$2.47

No treat is complete without icing! Premade tubs have the edge in convenience, but we were surprised to find out that the luscious homemade version is about the same price if you buy the ingredients in bulk. (Another bonus of big bags: You’ll always have the essentials on hand!) Making it fresh—our test kitchen’s recipe uses only butter, confectioners’ sugar, milk and pure vanilla extract—also helps you avoid artificial flavorings and ingredients, such as corn syrup and vegetable shortening, that are common in the store-bought stuff. And you can customize with extracts, citrus zest and sprinkles! —JUDITH PEÑA AND THE WINNER IS…

HOMEMADE!

Power Grains a es Waffl

Easiest

Whole Grain Gain: 16 grams of whole grains, double the fiber (2 grams) and three times the protein (10 grams) per serving.

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WEIGHT

Find our supereasy Vanilla Frosting recipe, plus other delicious sweets, at rachaelraymag.com/december.

UPGRADE:

The Inside Story: These hearty frozen waffles, made with an antioxidant and whole grain dream team (including cracked red wheat, oats and millet), won us over at a recent staff tasting.

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Supermarket Spy

Buy a Better CINNAMON

Dana’s Supermarket Pick McCormick Gourmet Collection Roasted Saigon Cinnamon ($6)

We love its sweet-savory flavor and antioxidants, but not all cinnamon is created equal! Turns out most supermarket brands are the cheap Indonesian variety (sometimes labeled “cassia”). Saigon or Vietnamese cinnamon has a higher essential-oil content, says Dana Herbert, winner of TLC’s Next Great Baker. “This makes its spicy flavor much more potent,” he says.

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Supermarket Showdown: Vanilla Frosting! Package versus Homemade  

Every Day with Rachael Ray, December 2012

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