Whole grains. They are popping up everywhere!
I believe in not overdoing on too much on grains like wheat, because it can create a carb-dependency and it’s difficult for those with gluten sensitivities. It’s hard to avoid grains altogether, so using the whole grain is a better option, in my opinion, than using refined / processed grains. I’m considering grinding my own wheat flour too, as I want to ensure I have the highest quality product with the least amount of processing (just gotta get a grinder first!).
Even baby foods are getting in on the whole grain action. One thing I’m thrilled about is seeing Earth’s Best Organic offering a wide range of whole grain options, not just wheat! They use oatmeal, barley, and even kamut!
Here’s reasons why adding whole grains to baby/toddler foods is important:
- A whole grain possesses natural nutrition and a unique rich flavor.
- The depth of natural whole grain flavors is appealing to children and helps them develop a preference for the healthier food
- Helps control blood sugar and maintain cholesterol within already normal limits.
- 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)
Earth’s Best baby and toddler foods now have many options with whole grains:
- Earth’s Best Fruit and Grain Purees – four varieties including Apple Peach Oatmeal, Apple Plum Kamut, Banana Raspberry Brown Rice and Pear Apricot barley
- Whole grain infant cereal: Earth’s Best Infant Cereals are made with a variety of whole grains
- Jarred foods with whole grains: Fruit & Whole Grain Combinations or Earth’s Best Organic® Wholesome Grains Baby Foods
- Whole grain snacks: Tots Honey Graham Organic Crunchin’ Blocks, Sesame Street Apple Cinnamon Sticks Crunchin’ Grahams and delicious Kidz Organic Whole Grain Bars
Have you noticed a trend towards whole grains in children’s foods? What are your thoughts about whole grains?
This post was written as part of the Earth’s Best Blogger program. I was provided product samples to facilitate this post, and may be eligible for additional blogger rewards. All opinions are 100% my own.