Hello friends! How are those fruit creations and veggie varieties going? How many of you have started eating 2 cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of veggies each day? If you haven’t yet, no worries! Just one step at a time and soon you will have half the MyPlate in part of your daily routine!
So today we get to talk about the next food group on MyPlate:
Grains are important because they are a main source for many B vitamins as well as carbohydrates (AKA carbs).
Think about your favorite physical activity: running, playing basketball with friends, cheerleading, biking, football, etc. Do you know that you need those carbohydrates to improve your performance in each of these activities?
Now think of going to class and doing your homework. Do you know that carbohydrates also help your brain stay focused, energized, remember more, and stay healthy? Say goodbye to falling asleep in class, and say hello to better grades!
Why are they healthy?
As I mentioned, grains are made of carbohydrates and carbohydrates are a complex type of fuel or ‘sugar’ our bodies use to function. When broken down, carbohydrates turn into an absorbable form of sugar called ‘glucose’. Glucose happens to be our brain’s favorite source of energy. SO if you would like to have more energy in both your brain and your body, make sure you are getting a grain at each meal.
Whole grains are also full of fiber and vitamins that keep your heart and your digestive tract healthy and strong. But the key word is whole. Sometimes grains are broken down during processing so there are less vitamins, minerals, and fiber- meaning you don’t get the healthy benefits! So check for the words ‘whole wheat’ or ‘whole grain’ when you are getting your grains for the day.
Making sure 1/2 or more of your grains are ‘whole grains’ will give you maximum benefits!
So for our MyPlate champions, try out 1 new whole grain this week and comment below on what you tried! Let’s get our bodies and minds energized with carbs, fiber, vitamins, and minerals!