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More Whole Grains in Your Child's Diet
The 2012 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend having at least half your grains as whole grains. Young people are consuming less than one serving of whole grains per day, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
Here are some easy ways to switch the refined grains your child is eating with whole grains:
- Chose 100 percent whole-wheat breads and breakfast cereals containing whole grains.
- Buy snacks made with whole grains.
- Add whole-grain side dishes to dinner like brown rice or whole-grain pasta.
Remember, lead by example and your children will pick up your healthy eating patterns.
For more information on healthy options for your child, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit www.kidseatright.org.
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