Wednesday, September 29, 2010

10 Ways to Eat More Whole Grain

In our home, white bread was never introduced. I think the only time they've ever had it was at other people's homes. I almost always cook with whole wheat pasta so getting my kids to eat whole grains hasn't been an issue at all. However, I learned recently that getting some kids to eat whole grains is mission impossible. The thing is, whole grains are better sources of fiber and other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium. So whenever you can, choose whole grains over refined grains. Here's 10 ways to get your kids (and you) to eat more whole grains.

1. Make checkerboard sandwiches.
2. Popcorn! This is probably the yummiest whole grain out there, but keep an eye on your kids because chocking happens easily with popcorn.
3. Try making half a cup of white rice with half a cup of brown. You family might not notice they're eating whole grains especially if you top it with something yummy like slow cooker beef.
4. Next time you make french toast, use whole wheat bread. Your kids won't notice since french toast is darker (toasted) anyway, plus who wouldn't eat something covered with maple syrup?
5. Always serve pesto on whole grain pasta. Pesto has such a strong garlic flavor that you won't notice the whole grain pasta.
6. Switch to healthier cereal made with whole grains like Cheerios.
7. Add oats when you bake. Try breakfast cookies or black bean brownies.
8. When making meatloaf or meatballs, use whole grain breadcrumbs instead of white.
9. Next time you make chicken wraps, use whole grain.
10. This thanksgiving try adding whole grain bread in the stuffing (recipe coming!)

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