Week Five: Serve One Extra High-Fiber Grain Food Each Day
- Reevaluate your breakfast cereals and switch from a sugary, low-fiber brand to one made with whole grains, containing 2 or more grams of fiber per serving. Some kid favorites that make the grade include Wheat Chex, Raisin Bran, oatmeal, and Cheerios. And remember, we're not striving for perfection here, so if your kids won't give up one of their sugary favorites, just mix it in with a healthier brand -- you'll be 50 percent closer to your goal.
- Use 100-percent whole wheat bread and whole grain breads instead of white bread for sandwiches whenever possible. Many of the whole wheat varieties now available have a kid-pleasing soft texture.
- For a change of pace, use instant brown rice or whole wheat pasta instead of instant white rice or regular pasta. Check out our makeover recipes for Sweet & Nutty Thai Thing (page 178), Southwestern Chicken & Rice (page 292), Mini Meatballs with Whole Wheat Spaghetti (page 232), and more.