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Make Half Your Grains Whole

grains in jars

Make at least half of the grains you eat whole grains.  

Whole grains such as bread, tortillas, pasta, and cereals are good for your heart and digestion. They can help your overall health and help maintain a healthy weight. Whole grains also give your kids B vitamins and minerals. The fiber in whole grains will help them feel full longer, so they can stay alert and concentrate at school.


Help your child choose a variety of whole grains

  • Serve sandwiches on a 100% whole-wheat bread, an English muffin, pita bread, or a tortilla made with 100% whole grain.
  • Be adventurous. Try other grains such as brown or wild rice, oats, bulgur, barley, whole-grain pasta, or corn tortillas.
  • Try the new whole-grain foods with your family. Your child will learn to try new foods by watching you.
  • Check the label and choose foods that list the words “whole” or “whole grain” as the first ingredient. Remember that just because a food like bread looks brown doesn’t mean it’s made from whole grains.     

Children love to get involved in the kitchen.

Make this Oatmeal Pancake recipe together.