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NOW CLOSED Take part in the Wholegrain Goodness challenge for 2 weeks and receive a £10 food shopping voucher and be in with a chance of winning a £150 supermarket voucher

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 09-Jan-13 16:10:06

We've been asked by, an independent, not-for-profit campaign that aims to raise awareness of the benefits of wholegrains as part of a healthy balanced diet, and to inspire and motivate people to eat them, to find 50 Mumsnetters to take part in a 2 week Wholegrain Goodness challenge.

Here's what say about the challenge: "Most of us know it's important to eat at least five portions of fruit and veg every day, but what many of us don't know is that we should be eating more wholegrain to keep us healthy too. Nutritionists around the world encourage eating at least three servings of wholegrain a day. But despite the nutritional benefits, national surveys show that 95% of UK adults fail to reach three servings a day. In fact, on average, most of us don't even eat that in a week, and almost a third of us don't eat any at all. To help us inspire mums to get more nutritious wholegrain into their family's diet, take part in our wholegrain challenge & we'll enter you into a prize draw."

This is open to all UK MNers with at least one child aged 16 or under living at home. Here is what's involved:

- If you're selected to take part, you'll be sent a £10 voucher to contribute towards your food shopping - this voucher will be for one of two supermarkets - you can submit your preference of supermarkets when you sign up.

- The challenge will last for two weeks, starting Mon 21st Jan - please only sign up if you and your family are available to take part during w/c 21st and w/c 28th Jan. You'll be asked to post your feedback on a thread on MN.

- The challenge is to include wholegrain in one meal or snack for the family per day for two weeks, using a variety of wholegrain foods available (e.g. porridge, popcorn, oats etc.). You can visit the Wholegrain Goodness website for their guide to wholegrain, for tips on how to identify wholegrain and for wholegrain recipe ideas.

- During the challenge you'll need to give your feedback on a thread on MN. You'll be asked to share any tips and ideas you discover e.g. how to encourage children to choose wholegrains, favourite family recipes using wholegrain foods, tasty on-the-go wholegrain snack ideas, or perhaps trying out and letting us know which Wholegrain Goodness recipes you like. All selected participants who post their feedback on the thread on MN will be entered into a prize draw to win a £150 supermarket voucher of their choice.

If you'd like to take part in the Wholegrain Goodness challenge, please sign up here.

We'll be in touch with the 50 MNers selected to take part in the challenge by Tues 15th Jan. If you're not selected but you'd like to try the Wholegrain Goodness challenge anyway, please do - there will be a separate prize draw for a £100 supermarket voucher of your choice for anyone who isn't an 'official' participant but does the challenge anyway and adds their feedback to the thread on MN.


WholegrainGoodness Fri 11-Jan-13 09:39:53

lottiegarbanzo and asuwere - thanks for letting us know! The Mumsnet team have fixed this for you now smile

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 11-Jan-13 09:43:21

For anyone who was having problems finding the submit button on the competition page, we've done some fiddling and it should be fixed now if you want to try again. Thanks!

MrsKwazii Fri 11-Jan-13 10:21:43

I think that a £10 voucher would be enough to offset any extra costs too. It's really about making some concious substitutions to stuff you'd already buy anyway surely - brown bread, rice and pasta instead of white and wholegrain cereals for instance. Oats are dirt cheap as you say ouryve and you can make them into flapjacks or add them to crumble topping too .... wink

ouryve Fri 11-Jan-13 12:51:28

Exactly, MrsKwazii. Brown breads generally cost the same as white and wholewheat pasta and brown rice are pennies more than the white versions. It's not all about buying fancy blue millet fertilised with unicorn poo.

THERhubarb Fri 11-Jan-13 13:36:18

You know what would be helpful? If they gave you a list of wholegrain foods for you to try. Searching through the supermarket products for wholegrain food when I'm doing my weekly shop is going to be a real pain. I can only think of porridge and bread.

Any chance they could help us out with a list of suggestions? I know they have recipes on the site but I don't want to necessarily follow a recipe, I just want a few suggestions on what I can buy that would count as wholegrain. I can then work it into my own recipes.

Back2Two Fri 11-Jan-13 14:24:28

I've done it. Think I might challenge myself anyway if I don't get chosen.

Is chocolate a whole grain? grin

McPhee Fri 11-Jan-13 15:31:25

I'd like to enter. I know I'm not allergic to porridge blush

Please helen grin

weenwee Fri 11-Jan-13 15:32:51

Signed up, should be a great pairing with my NY resolutions!

Blatherskite Fri 11-Jan-13 15:50:47

Done. We could all definitely do with more wholegrains in our diet

MrsKwazii Fri 11-Jan-13 16:34:15

<Waves at Blathers> grin

Mermaidspam Fri 11-Jan-13 16:35:30


Blatherskite Fri 11-Jan-13 16:39:56

Hi MrsK grin

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 11-Jan-13 17:05:16

THERhubarb - there are a few links to more info in the OP but this is probably the most useful one for identifying wholegrain

THERhubarb Fri 11-Jan-13 17:07:00

Thanks Helen. All looks very, erm, healthy. You wouldn't be constipated would you?

Does Guinness count? (hopeful)

THERhubarb Fri 11-Jan-13 17:09:53

Oh YEAH, just checked and Guinness used barley, yeast and hops which are all types of grain are they not?

Guess where my tenner's gonna be spent? grin

MrsKwazii Fri 11-Jan-13 17:36:46

Guinness and chocolate cake is divine TheRhubarb <innocent-just-saying face>

Grockle Sat 12-Jan-13 03:19:55

Ooo, just what need! Signed up & crossing fingers. grin

motherdelicious Sat 12-Jan-13 07:13:13

I would love to sign up. Thanks!

LouiseFisher Sat 12-Jan-13 16:25:42

This looks like an amazing way to become more healthy. I really want to change my diet and this is a good starting point smile

sparklystar Sat 12-Jan-13 17:22:52

Done smile

traceofinsanity Sat 12-Jan-13 20:53:50

Signed up smile

footflapper Sat 12-Jan-13 23:38:34

Signed up! I'll challenge myself to this starting Monday anyhow smile

majjsu Sun 13-Jan-13 19:57:51

Sounds good

YourHandInMyHand Mon 14-Jan-13 15:55:39


TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 14-Jan-13 15:56:22

Thanks to everyone who applied for this - we're closing it now and will be in touch with selected participants as soon as possible. Look out for an email from me!

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