It’s a New Year and most of us are trying to do our best to take better care of ourselves. One way to do that is by making sure you are eating healthy foods! Whole Grains are very important for our bodies, Dietary Guidelines recommend that we eat 48 grams of Whole Grains every day and it is a lot simpler than you think! My family had done this a few years ago, substituting certain foods in our diets with the whole grain versions. And breakfast is the first place to start!
Here are some recommendations from Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and Host of “The Doctors”.
- Start Early! The Dietary Guidelines recommend people get at least 48 grams of whole grain in their daily diets. Get a jump-start on the day´s nutrition by incorporating whole grain into your morning routine. For instance, when choosing cereal make sure whole grain is listed as the first ingredient. One easy choice is cereal with the white check, which have more whole grain than any other single ingredient.
- Make Simple Swaps. Choose whole grain versions of the foods you love. Great options include whole wheat pasta and whole wheat bread or even whole grain crackers. Also, try different types of whole grain. Use brown rice instead of white rice as a side dish at dinner or popcorn, which is a whole grain, for a snack.
- Don´t Judge a Food by Its Cover. The front of food packages provide good nutritional cues, but don´t forget to read the ingredients and check the nutrition label and side labels for additional health information. Cereals with the white check even include the amount of whole grain per serving on packaging.
To help make it easier to find Whole Grain products, General Mills created “Fast Lane for Whole Grain” a fun online educational game! You can navigate a virtual grocery store, identify products that list Whole Grain as their first ingredient and of course have the option to enter the Sweepstakes to win ONE OF EACH of their cereals with the Whole Grain White Check!
You can make a commitment for the New Year to switch up and add more Whole Grains into your families diet. Since breakfast is the first meal of the day and most of us serve our children cereal for breakfast, it just makes sense to serve them healthy Whole Grain cereals. To get you started, General Mills through MyBlogSpark has offered a $1.75 off 2 Whole Grain General Mills Cereals!
Corn Chex and Honey Nut Cheerios also make great snacks in lieu of fatty potato chips, just an idea!
I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any compensation or product. Information was offered to me by MyBlogSpark and the Coupon is sponsored by General Mills.