Why is the Grains Group Important?
The Grains group consists of wheat, rice, oats, barley, and cereal grain. By providing your body with an abundance of B-vitamins and important minerals,you can be assured that you will have the energy to get through your busy day. Sometimes called “Brain Food”, grains are considered CARBOHYDRATES and are the #1 form of energy for your brain, in addition to all the cells in your body. Furthermore, grains are jam-packed with fiber, which helps keep your digestive track happy and healthy. Choose foods that are made with whole-grain and less processed ingredients such as whole wheat bread, corn tortillas, whole grain cereal, steel-cut oatmeal, and popcorn. Remember to check the serving size for your age, height and weight! - Jill Latham, M.S., R.D.
Teaching Kids About Grains
Here are some suggestions from the National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) about how we can teach children about grains.
Identify What Your Eating
Point out the types of foods that are in the grains food group and then ask the children to identify the foods in their meals.
What do Grains Do For Our Body?
Help the kids understand what grains do for their body like keeping our digestive tracts healthy and it gives us a lot of energy to run around and play!
Fun Activities to Learn about Grains!
Make Mini Pizzas and ask the children to identify the ingredients.
Make Baked Whole Wheat Doughnuts!
Suggestions for Serving to Children
Serve a variety of grains so children can taste and get familiar with different types. Older kids can identify the different types of grains in the meals.
Did You Know?
At least half the grains we consume should be whole grains.