(Family Features) - Spring is here and so is National Nutrition Month, a great time to start eating right and exercising outdoors. A cornerstone of healthy meal plans are foods containing whole grains, which are known to reduce heart disease, help to sustain healthy weight and demonstrate a reduced risk in certain cancers.
According to data published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, today's youth are consuming less than one serving of whole grains per day, which is far less than the recommended three daily servings.
The data goes on to say that lack of access to whole grains at home and at school has led to this consumption shortfall. Registered dietitian Michele Powers says, "Although everyone wants to be healthy and feel great, many people struggle with the common perception that serving whole grains has to come at the expense of flavor and satisfaction, but that is just not true. With the right recipe, whole grains are an easy way to get nutrition into a family meal."
With only a single gram of fat per serving, Uncle Ben's Boil-In-Bag Whole Grain Brown Rice provides 100 percent of the daily whole grain recommendation in just one serving. It's the perfect base to a meal. Just add flavorful ingredients, such as ground chicken or black beans, to brown rice for an easy, healthy meal solution. Additionally, according to researchers, continually providing kids with whole grain tasting opportunities can help enhance their taste preference for that food.
Below is a kid-friendly, heart healthy and easy whole grain dish to add to your menu: Chicken and Brown Rice Sloppy Joes. Find other delicious and healthy recipes at www.UncleBens.com.