Introducing Whole Grains at an Early Age
Introducing whole grains to children early in age has both a life-long positive impact on their health as well as their food preferences. Whole grains, such as whole wheat bread or pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, and even popcorn to name a few, are more nutrient-packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants and have a more satiating effect compared to their refined counterparts (white bread or pasta, white rice, etc). Unlike the refined options, whole grain food products contain more fiber, which digests slowly, allowing for better absorption of vitamins and minerals in the gut. Higher servings of whole grains have been shown to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and pediatric obesity. Interested in introducing more whole grains to your little one? Navigating the supermarket for whole grain products can be extremely overwhelming considering the wide variety available. Look for the “Whole Grain Stamp” on the packaging to ensure that the product contains whole grains.
For parents with picky eaters, enroll them in one of our Hannah’s Kitchen Cooking Classes! Children are more likely to try new foods, especially if they helped make it and if they see other students trying their own creations. Students of “My First Cooking Class in Hannah’s Kitchen,” ages 4-7, got their whole grains in by making Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins in the comfort of their own kitchen! To register your 4-7 year old child, please email Emily.Ho@rwjbh.org.
About the Grantee
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center maintains its commitment to the health and well being of its community members with the Beth Greenhouse, weekly farmers market, food pantry and our community health and wellness center which continues to operate and several other wellness programs including virtual classes. For more information contact Molly Fallon Dixon at 973-926-7371 or firstname.lastname@example.org