Healthy Foods For Kids - Transitioning to Whole Grains

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Healthy foods for kids are the same foods that are good for the rest of us to eat. There is no magical combination of foods that are specific for each age group.
However, getting kids who may be used to consuming the worst foods to eat, the fast foods and junk foods wrapped in cellophane, can be a chore. Even this impediment to healthy eating can be overcome with a little diligence and effort on your part.
Any healthy diet plan begins and ends with the foods you allow in your house. Yes, you truly are the master of your domain and it is up to you to make sure only good healthy foods get into your kitchen.
Balanced Healthy Diet
Getting kids to eat healthy may seem like a formidable task but it can be done. You just have to take baby steps to wean them off junk food and get acclimated to healthier foods.
A good place to start is the whole grains because kids love carbohydrates. Besides, the transition from refined grain breads, pasta, and cereals to whole grain products is relatively easy.
These are definitely healthy foods for kids and you will like them also.
Daily Nutritional Needs
Whole grains should make up a large part of your daily diet.
Whole grains comprise healthy diets for teens, are foods that lower blood sugar, and help avoid some of the causes of child obesity.
The list of whole grains is long. But of more importance to you is the list of healthy foods to eat available in your supermarket that contains whole grains.
Healthy Diet Menu
Many inexpensive healthy recipes can be used to make delicious meals from the whole grain category.
That list includes:
* Whole grain breads.
* Whole grain cereals from oats, whole kernel corn, or whole wheat.
* Whole grain pasta made from whole wheat or spelt.
* Corn meal that has not been degerminated makes great corn bread.
* Corn chips made from the entire kernel of corn.
* Brown or wild rice (or mixes of both).
Even snacks may make up a large portion of a kid's daily nutritional needs. So you better put some effort into supplying them with healthy foods at snack time.
Many kids will choose to eat a raw carrot stick instead of a gooey, sugary snack if given the choice.

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