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Kretschmer Wheat Germ Usage and Substitution Chart

Download our complete Substitution Guide featuring recipes and easy ways to boost nutrition with Kretschmer Wheat Germ.

Adding wheat germ to dishes or replacing less desirable ingredients with wheat germ can make a significant difference in your daily nutritional intake. We've tested 11 popular foods, from cereal to muffins to meatloaf, both with and without wheat germ as an ingredient. The results are in the chart below. All of the recipes with wheat germ added show good to excellent increases in one or more of vitamins, minerals, folic acid, fiber and protein.* In some cases, both sodium and unhealthy fats are reduced.

Keep this chart handy when planning your meals. Each entry offers a suggested method for substitution and highlights the key health benefits of using wheat germ on a regular basis.



The Recipe Substitution/Addition Nutritional Impact
Cereal (we added it to Cheerios) For 1 cup of cereal, replace 2 tablespoons of cereal with 2 tablespoons of Kretschmer Wheat Germ. Lowers your sodium and doubles your protein. Magnesium increases from 10% to 20%, while vitamin E rises from 0% to 20%, making this an excellent source.
Instead of nuts (such as almonds) Anyone with nut allergies or looking for some crunch without all the calories can use wheat germ for the same amount of nuts to sprinkle on top of a yogurt parfait or fruit salad. Eliminates nearly 80% of calories from fat, while doubling fiber from 1g to 2g. Bonus: 1 extra gram of protein.
On ice cream or yogurt Give your yogurt or ice cream a nutritional boost by sprinkling a serving (2 tablespoons) of Kretschmer Wheat Germ on top. Three important nutrients—folic acid, vitamin E and phosphorous—rise to 20%, Magnesium rises from 4% to 15%.



The Recipe Substitution/Addition Nutritional Impact
Smoothie Add some texture and pack your smoothie with nutrients by scooping a tablespoon of Kretschmer Wheat Germ into your drink. Bumps iron to become a good source at 10% and an excellent source of magnesium at 20%.
Stuffing Add 1/2 cup of Kretschmer Wheat Germ to your favorite stuffing recipe. Triples the percentage of vitamin E, and brings fiber intake up to 10%.
Salad dressing To boost the nutrients in your salad dressing, add 1/2 tablespoon of Kretschmer Wheat Germ to your 2 tablespoon serving. Adds folic acid and fiber to your dressing where none was before.


Flour Replacement

The Recipe Substitution/Addition Nutritional Impact
Crumb topping on something sweet Give your apple crisp a nutritional boost and additional flavor without adding more calories by replacing ? the flour with Kretschmer Wheat Germ. Provides a good source of both vitamin E and folic acid at 10%, and an extra gram of protein.
Muffin For basic muffin recipes using all-purpose flour, replace 1/2 of the flour with Kretschmer Wheat Germ. Increases the fiber from 1 gram to 2 grams, and doubles folic acid content to 20%.
Pancake or waffle For a nuttier morning treat, replace 1/2 of the all-purpose flour with Kretschmer Wheat Germ. Decreases calories and carbohydrates and increases the good fats. Vitamin E shoots from 2% to 10%


Bread crumb Replacement

The Recipe Substitution/Addition Nutritional Impact
Savory breading topping on chicken or fish Replace 1/2 your bread crumbs with Kretschmer Wheat Germ for a delicious flavor and a richer color. Decreases sodium and becomes an excellent source of folic acid at 20% and a good source of fiber at 10%.
Meatloaf or meatballs Replace all of the bread crumbs with Kretschmer Wheat Germ for moist, delicious meatballs and meatloaf. Fiber doubles and vitamin E goes through the roof (2% to 25%).


* *According to the FDA's Additional Requirements for Nutrient Content Claims, foods providing at least 10 percent DV (daily value) of the RDI (recommended daily intake) are considered to be a "good" source; those providing at least 20 percent are considered to be an "excellent" source.