Out of This World Oats

Oatmeal is a delicious whole grain breakfast to warm you up on a cold morning. Try topping your oatmeal with dried or sliced fruit or a handful of nuts to make it your own.

Recipes to try:

Take Grains on the Go

Popcorn, whole-grain rice cakes and crackers are convenient, on-the-go snacks. Be sure to make at least half your grains whole.

Swaps to Make Your Kid’s Bagged Lunch Healthier

Adapted from

research study published in the 2014 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that roughly one-quarter of school lunches brought from home met 3 of 5 national standards for proper nutrition which means that 75 percent of school kids might be eating less than nutritious lunches brought from home.  Note, food purchased in school through the school lunch program must meet strict nutrition standards.

You may be wondering if your kids will eat a healthier lunch, after all, it can take time for a picky eater to get used to drastic changes.

Good news!  You probably don’t need a total overhaul on your kids’ lunches — just try a few simple swaps to make lunch healthier.

5 Swaps to Make Your Kid’s Bag Lunch Healthier

Swap #1:  Whole grain bread instead of white bread

Swap #2:  Baked crackers instead of greasy potato or corn chips

Swap #3:  Grilled or baked chicken breast instead of lunch meat

Swap #4:  Fresh fruit instead of a cupcake

Swap #5:  Water instead of sugary soft drinks

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