MINOCQUA - Making half your grains whole could sound like a tall order for some, but once you sort through the food options it's easier than you'd think.
Unfortunately many foods are processed and stripped of their natural health benefits, so I spoke with a dietician who says getting back to basics is best for your body.
To better understand whole grains you should first know what processed grain contains and what's been taken away to make it half as healthy.
Mary Sikora-Petersen is a Dietician with the Marshfield Clinic and says, "Take away the germ, which contains the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They also take away the bran, which is the fiber. So what you're left with is really just carbohydrates and a little bit of protein."
Diets rich in whole grain also offer more than a handful of healthy bonuses for your body, "Eating more whole grains can help control blood sugar and blood cholesterol. It can also help with losing weight because whole grains are high in fiber and that helps us feel full longer. Whole grains can also help prevent cancer."
Don't be fooled by marketing gimicks at the grocery store.
The sure way to tell you have whole grains is reading the ingredient list and making sure the first item on the list is "whole grain."
Some wording to watch out for...Multigrain, this means there are many grains, it doesn't promise any of those are whole.
So keep your eyes open the next time you fill up the shopping cart.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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