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Your actions have a great impact on your child’s life. Small, everyday actions can have a big return in terms of your child’s health and happiness.

We would like to share a story about growing happy kids…

Once upon a time there were three parents preparing food for their children. Each had a visitor that asked “What are you doing?”
preparing breakfast“Making food for my children to eat,” replied the first parent.
“Making food so my child will be full,” said the second parent.
“Growing a happy, healthy child,” beamed the third parent proudly.

How do you think healthy eating is related to a child’s happiness?

What are you doing to help your child grow happy?

Share your response with us in a comment. Others parents could really benefit from hearing about how you use healthy foods to grow happy kids!

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Youth and young adulthood is the period when bones build up to their peak strength. Helping youth lead a bone-healthy lifestyle—with exercise, adequate calcium, and adequate vitamin D—can help them keep strong bones through all their adult years.

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Parents who drink milk and eat dairy foods show their kids that it is important.

-Dairy foods are especially important to build the growing bones of kids and teens.

-Routinely include low-fat or fat-free dairy foods with meals and snacks–for everyone’s benefit.

Part of being a powerful parent is helping kids make smart food choices. You can’t be with them all of the time and they need to learn skills on how to choose foods that keep themselves nourished! 

Here are some tips that might help you help your child to choose to eat more whole grains:

  • Parents kissing girl.If your child asks why you are serving brown rice instead of white rice (or any other whole grain switch!), instead of focusing on fiber and nutrients, try answering with “because I love you and want the best for you.” Whole grains are complete grains and are more filling and satisfying than refined grain foods.  They have more naturally occurring nutrients to help nourish your child.  That’s a win-win for parents and kids! But we don’t have to bore them with the science. We just need to love them.

Kids love having choices. All grains don’t have to be whole grains. The recommenWhite bread and brown breaddation                                                                is “Make Half Your Grains Whole Grains.” Ask your son or daughter what they would like for their whole grain and then what they would like for their refined grain.  Or ask them what whole grain they would like to substitute for a refined grain.  For example, if you usually buy fruity O’s with no whole grains, have your child pick out a cold cereal that is   a whole grain choice.  Have your kids visit the Bell Institute “Go with the Whole Grains for Kids” on-line game to learn more about how to choose whole grains.  

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All kids want to feel strong.                                                                                                                                                                                   Remind them that eating whole grains will help them grow strong and give them the energy they need for the day.  Encourage them to be Whole Grain Heros and track how many whole grains they eat each day using this Grain Tracker, also from the Bell Institute.  And remember you are one of the most powerful people in your child’s life when it comes to healthy eating, so release your inner superhero and be a super role model!

Some whole grains cost more than refined grains, but they don’t have to be overly expensive, and it really is an investment you are making in your child’s future.

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Check out this short, helpful video offering simple tips for “How to Cook with Budget-friendly Whole Grains.” 

This is one of five videos to help serve up more love in every bite by making at least half grains whole grains. The other topics are Whole Grains for Breakfast, Whole Grains at School, The Benefits of Whole Grains, and Whole Grains for the Whole Family (with info about cooking once and eating twice!).

The videos are hosted by Liz Weiss, a registered dietician, cookbook author and family nutrition expert.

But we know you are the expert for your family! Do you have tips and ideas on how to serve up more love in every bit with whole grains to share with parents?  Please post a comment!  We would love to hear from you.

Why Is This a Better Baking Mix?

It uses hearty whole grains to feed what matters most-their hearts!

An easy way to serve up more love and make at least half your grains whole.

The recipes for muffins, biscuits, pancakes and pizza use oil instead of solid fat.

Best of all-it costs less than buying a baking mix.

Makes 9 cups mix for making Powerhouse Pancakes, Easy-as-Pie Pizza, Deliciously Easy Drop Biscuits and Family Favorite Muffins.

4 cups all-purpose flour

4 cups plain oatmeal (rolled oats) or whole wheat flour

1 1/3 cups nonfat dry milk

4 tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

 1. If using plain oatmeal, whirl in a blender to make flour.

2. In large mixing bowl, stir all ingredients until well mixed.

3. Store in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.

4. Stir lightly before using in recipes.

A few little known secrets about using whole grain flours…

Whole grain flours make muffins, pancakes and biscuits heavier in texture.  Using half white flour in the basic Better Baking Mix recipe keeps the breads lighter in texture.

To make the mix 100% whole grains, use 4 cups whole wehat flour mixed with 4 cups oats blended into flour using an electric blender. 

To make things a little lighter, but still 100% whole grain, use 100% white whole wheat or 100% whole wheat pastry flour.

Download the original Better Baking Mix for:

  • More Recipe Ideas
  • Nutrition Information
  • Tips for Successful Baking