Many children do not eat enough whole grains. Whole grains contain fiber, vitamin E, and healthy fats. Whole grains help keep your blood sugar under control, arteries clear, and they also make you feel full longer. Refined “white” flour and sugar do not have the nutrients or health benefits of whole grains.

When serving grains for snack (like bread, crackers, and cereal), serve whole grains! Read the nutrition labels and choose breads and cereals that list a whole grain first, like whole wheat, barley, oats or rye. As you explore all the different types of whole grains, take time to talk to kids about the grains they eat at home and identify which of these grains are whole grains. Out-of-school programs can help introduce kids to new whole grain foods like whole wheat crackers (with no trans fats), breakfast cereals (with less than 5g of sugar per servings), and whole wheat pita bread. There are many whole grains options available for the same price as refined options.