The Hunt for Whole Grains!

The grocery store is big and full of good food, but sometimes you have to look closely to find what you are looking for. Today we are hunting for whole grains!

What is a whole grain? It is just like how is sounds… whole! If it doesn’t say “whole grain” then its a white or refined grain and it missing parts, which means its missing vitamins and minerals.

How many whole grains do you need to eat in a day? 6 servings, but don’t worry, it’s not too much to handle. Each serving is only an ounce, which means you need to eat 6 ounces from the grain group. The list below has examples of one ounce of food from the grain group. Can you pick 6 things from the list below and make a plan for your food?

1 slice of bread
1/2 c. cooked rice
6 crackers
1 tortilla
1/2 c. cooked cereal (oatmeal)
1 c. cold cereal
1/2 c. pasta
3 c. popped popcorn

Not all foods from the grain group are whole grains though… You have to search them out, and there are clues for you to find on the packaging! Look for the gold stamp on the box next time you go shopping and try to get half the grain group foods in your cart to have whole grains in them.

How do whole grains get from the field and into your food? Stop by the library and read about it!

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