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Sneaking In Whole Grains

Reality check: Persuading your child to eat bran muffins and brown rice may be a dream. But with some culinary subterfuge, you can add fiber-packed whole grains to his diet by disguising them in foods he already likes:

* If your child loves sugary cereal, mix in some whole-grain ones such as Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, and whole-grain Raisin Bran.

* Substitute half whole-wheat flour for white flour when you make muffins, cookies, or brownies.

* Make pizzas on whole-wheat pita bread. (Your child can swirl on the sauce and top with veggies and mozzarella.)

* Make a sandwich with half white, half whole-grain bread.

* Make rice pudding with brown rice instead of white. (Instant brown rice products speed up prep time.)

A kid-friendly recipe to try:

Whole-Wheat Pancakes
(Yields 4 servings)
* In a blender, whirl 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, and 1 egg.

* When smooth, add ½ cup all-purpose flour, ½ cup whole-wheat flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, and ¼ teaspoon salt and whirl until well blended.

* Ladle out ¼ cup batter onto a lightly greased hot griddle or skillet. Cook until golden brown, flipping once.

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