Do you eat whole grains? We do in our house. We buy mostly whole grain breads, crackers, and cereals. It was a switch I made a long time ago for its health benefits and I’m glad it’s what Grady’s used to. I’m hoping that it’ll be his preference when he’s older, too.
There are lots of benefits to children eating a diet rich in whole grains:
Rich in fiber to help maintain healthy digestion. To calculate the grams of fiber your child needs each day just add 5 to their age (i.e. 4-year-old + 5 = 9 grams of fiber)
Helps control blood sugar and maintain cholesterol within already normal limits.
Unique, natural flavors the depth of these natural whole grain flavors is appealing to children and helps them develop a preference for the healthier food.
For more information on whole grains, check out the following article on Earth’s Best’s website entitled “The Whole Story on Whole Grains.”
Earth’s Best has a ton of products featuring whole grains (we love their fruit and grain purees):
Whole grain infant cereal: Earth’s Best Infant Cereals are made with a variety of whole grains.
Jarred foods with whole grains: After infant cereal, many babies’ next foods come from a jar. Look for stage appropriate jarred baby foods and if they have a grain ingredient, make sure it is a ‘whole grain’. Earths Best has a large selection of jarred foods with whole grains. Try the Fruit & Whole Grain Combinations or Earth’s Best Organic® Wholesome Grains Baby Foods.
Whole grain snacks: Healthy snacks made with whole grains comprise an important part of your child’s diet. Earth’s Best and Sesame Street offer a wide variety of savory or sweet whole grain snack foods: Tots Honey Graham Organic Crunchin’ Blocks, Sesame Street Apple Cinnamon Sticks Crunchin¬¥ Grahams and delicious Kidz Organic Whole Grain Bars.