Kids 1st in the Kitchen – Summer 2013

29th Aug 2013
Kids 1st in the Kitchen – Summer 2013

One of the biggest changes to our summer menus is to offer more whole grains; as well as offering whole grain cereals and popcorn, we also serve both brown rice and whole wheat pasta throughout our menus. We have increased the whole grains in our menus as they contain protective antioxidants in amounts near or exceeding those in fruits and vegetables. They also provide some unique antioxidants not found in other foods. Corn, for example, has almost twice the antioxidant activity of apples. Wheat and oats almost equal broccoli and spinach in antioxidant activity.

Benefits of Whole Wheat Pasta

Whole wheat pasta is a healthier alternative because it contains complex carbohydrates and is a good source of fibre. Whole wheat pasta contains unprocessed whole wheat flour, which means its natural bran, germ, fibre, vitamins and minerals remain intact. White pasta does not contain any of these healthy nutrients, making whole wheat pasta the better option when it comes to promoting health and wellness.

Benefits of Brown Rice

Brown rice is the unrefined version of white rice. Before white rice went through the refining process it at one time looked exactly like brown rice. Brown rice, unlike white rice, still has the side hull and bran, which renders quicker cooking times and makes it easier to digest as it’s much lighter in the in the stomach. The side hulls and brans provide natural wholeness to the grain and are rich in proteins, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fibre, and potassium.

Three reasons why we love Brown Rice

1. Considered Whole Grain

Brown rice is considered a whole grain since it hasn’t lost its ‘wholeness’ through the refinement process. Whole grains are proven to reduce the build-up of arterial plaque and reduce the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol.

2. Rich in Anti-Oxidants

This is one of the best kept secrets regarding brown rice. We usually associate anti-oxidant rich foods with blueberries, strawberries and other fruits and vegetables. The antioxidant capacity of brown rice is right up there with these super stars.

3. Perfect Baby Food

Brown rice cereal or brown rice itself is the perfect baby’s first food due to the dense natural nutrition and fibre it contains. This is a much better choice than refined white rice cereal products as rapidly growing babies and toddlers require nutrient rich diets to help maintain rapid growth cycles.