Do you think your child eats the recommended amount of whole grains
every day? Canadian guidelines recommend that half of the grain products we eat in a day
should be whole grains. Here are some ways to gradually increase whole grains in the diet.
In the morning, if your child likes oatmeal, this is an excellent source of whole grains! Toast
or sandwiches can be made with 60% whole wheat slices to start with and then eventually,
increase to 100% whole wheat. You can even make a sandwich using one slice whole wheat
and the other slice white bread.
Brown rice is more nutritious than white rice. Add a little of brown rice into white rice and
gradually add more brown rice. You can do this same thing with pasta.
Expose children to a variety of grains, for example, couscous, quinoa, wild rice, oats and barley
can be added to soups, salads and even desserts and they are a wonderful source of fiber!
- Educator (SK)
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