Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The importance of whole grains brought to you by Earth's Best...

The early years of a child’s life are instrumental in developing food preferences and tastes. A
whole grain possesses natural nutrition and a unique rich flavor. In fact, whole grains are so
good for you that the USDA recommends that 3 of our grain servings each day are made up of
whole grains. Whole grains have fiber, vitamins and minerals and when children begin eating
whole grains early, they tend to develop a preference for those flavors for a lifetime of healthy

Naturally, whole grain provides so many benefits. Your children will gain several healthy benefits
from starting to eat whole grains at an early age:
  Rich in fiber to help maintain healthy digestion. To calculate the grams of fiber your
child needs each day just add 5 to their age (i.e. 4-year-old + 5 = 9 grams of fiber)
  Helps control blood sugar and maintain cholesterol within already normal limits.
  Unique, natural flavors the depth of these natural whole grain flavors is appealing to
children and helps them develop a preference for the healthier food.
  For more information on whole grains, check out the following article on Earth’s Best’s
website entitled “The Whole Story on Whole Grains.”

Earth’s Best Fruit and Grain Purees offer the best of both worlds when it comes to whole grains.
Available in four different varieties including Apple Peach Oatmeal, Apple Plum Kamut, Banana
Raspberry Brown Rice and Pear Apricot barley, these unique pouches are made from a delicious
blend of organic fruit and hearty whole grains. The fiber in whole grains can help baby stay
satisfied longer after meals and snacks and each variety contains 45% of the daily value of
Vitamin C, essential for baby’s growth and development. They are perfect for babies 6 months
and older, offering baby a variety of whole grains helps to expand their exposure to new tastes
and textures.

Here are a few other Earth’s Best products packed with whole grains:

  Whole grain infant cereal: Earth's Best Infant Cereals are made with a variety of whole grains.

  Jarred foods with whole grains: After infant cereal, many babies' next foods come from
a jar. Look for stage appropriate jarred baby foods and if they have a grain ingredient,
make sure it is a 'whole grain'. Earths Best has a large selection of jarred foods with
whole grains. Try the Fruit & Whole Grain Combinations or
Earth’s Best Organic® Wholesome Grains Baby Foods.

  Whole grain snacks: Healthy snacks made with whole grains comprise an important part
of your child's diet. Earth's Best and Sesame Street offer a wide variety of savory or
sweet whole grain snack foods: Tots Honey Graham Organic Crunchin' Blocks, Sesame
Street Apple Cinnamon Sticks Crunchin Grahams and delicious Kidz Organic Whole
Grain Bars.

We love all the Earth's Best snacks around here! Lately, I can not get enough of the cheddar crackers ;)  They  taste so cheesy and delicious, love them! I can't stand when cheese crackers taste more like cardboard than cheese, ha!  
Cullen still loves the Earth's Best greek yogurt pouches and smoothie pouches, he has at least one a day. We also have a big glass jar on the counter with a mix of the block cookies and crunchin' grahams, Cullen chooses those for afternoon snack often!
 My nephew who is almost 8 months is now hooked on all the jars of Earth's Best baby food!  I love that I get to share all these Earth's Best goodies with them as well!
We are always looking forward to new EB products!!

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