Do your kids eat enough whole grains?
Remember, at least half of the grains we eat should be whole grains, which contain the entire grain kernel, such as:
- whole wheat flour
- whole wheat pasta
- whole wheat tortillas
- whole cornmeal
- brown rice
These whole grains usually have more dietary fiber, iron, and B vitamins than refined grains, such as white flour, white bread, flour tortillas, corn tortillas, and white rice. These refined grains can be enriched to add vitamins and minerals back in, but they still have less fiber than whole grains.
September, Whole Grains Month, is a great time to encourage your kids to eat more whole grains. Although most kids eat enough grains, many don't get enough whole grains. Boost their whole grain intake by trying a new cereal with at least 16g of whole grains per serving, buying whole wheat pasta, or using whole wheat buns next time your kids eat hot dogs or hamburgers.
Remember to make at least half of your kid's grains whole grains.