■ Heat, air and light can make whole grains taste and smell rancid. Store whole grains in:
❁ Look for the whole grain stamp on packaged foods.
❁ Use cooked whole grains for salads, breakfast bowls, or a dinner side dish.
❁ Try whole grain pasta. It is firm and has a nutty taste.
❁ Bulk bins allow you to buy just the amount you need or can use within a month or two. Cost may be less than packaged grains.
❁ Whole grains should smell faintly sweet and pleasant or have no odor at all. Avoid grains that smell unpleasant or musty.
When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it. Show kids how to:wash tomatoes by rubbing. spread cheese mixture on bread. open cans safely to avoid sharp lid edges.
Red round tomatoes are the most common; size can vary from 2 inches across to much larer.
Cherry, grape and pear tomatoes are small (bite size) with a variety of shapes and colors.
✿ Choose blueberries that are firm, dry, plump and smooth-skinned. Color should be deep purple-blue to blue-black.
✿ Blueberries do not ripen after picking.
✿ Avoid soft, shriveled or moldy fruit.
When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it. Show kids how to:
❁ rinse blueberries under cool running water.
❁ lightly beat an egg.
❁ sprinkle toppings on crisps or sundaes.