How to Transition from White Flour to Whole Grains for Kids

Posted by in No-Cry Picky Eater


  1. Hi,
    My personal experience with whole grains Vs Refined flour is that what I introduced first stays with my child.I have 2 daughters 5 and a 1/2 and 18 months.We buy whole wheat bread always and white bread was not my daughter’s preference.Pasta-we started using refined flour and now she can clearly say-Mommy I don’t want the dark brown pasta.

    If we can start-up right it becomes a habit rather than switch-over.


    • You are right Priya – it can be easier if we start off right – but the world can get in the way! Grandmother’s house, the babysitter, friends, school, even TV commercials. Our children don’t live in a bubble so they will be exposed to those foods we rather that they not eat. If only it was simple to teach our kids and have them embrace healthy eating for a lifetime! We can only do our best and try to keep healthy foods in our own home.

    • You are so right – But usually this sneaks up on us before we realize it!

  2. My little guy had no problem switching from white rice to brown – he loves all grains: rice, quinoa, millet, barely! We’ve always been a wholewheat bread family, so that’s never been a problem either. But it’s been the pasta I’ve had trouble with. He only likes white…and honestly, so do I! So my solution was to cut it out entirely! I didn’t make it all that often anyhow, so it wasn’t much of a loss. My hope is that eventually we will have forgotten the taste of white pasta and be able to add in some wholegrain and enjoy it!
    Thanks for the endless GREAT articles and AMAZING books.

    • Great idea Megan – sometimes the substitute is so unappetizing to you it’s best to do as you did – eliminate it completely & after a time try to introduce a healthier alternative. And thank you for the kind compliment 🙂

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This