Whole Grain Goodness: Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Bake

March 1, 2023 General /FamilyRecipes

Eating whole grain foods—things like brown rice, corn tortillas, oatmeal, and 100% whole wheat breads and pasta—is good for the health of your family. Whole grains are more nutritious than refined grains; they contain fiber, which fills you up and keeps you full longer, and they’re also good for your heart.

At least half of the grains you choose each day should be whole grains. To meet that goal, choose whole grain cereals or muffins in the morning, make wraps with whole wheat tortillas for lunch, and try brown rice or whole grain pasta with dinner.

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Bake

If your children like oatmeal, they’ll love this breakfast bake. It’s made with quick-cooking oats, blueberries, banana, milk, and eggs, so each serving provides fiber, protein, and calcium as well as natural, delicious sweetness from the fruit.


Tip: To make this morning meal even more special, top each serving with a dollop of low-fat vanilla yogurt.

Nutrition Information per Serving (1 slice):
170 calories, 3g fat (0.5g saturated), 180mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 6g protein, 10% calcium, 8% iron

Whole Grains Blind Taste Test



Ask your children if they want to play the Blind Taste Test game. If they say, “yes,” have them close their eyes or put on a blindfold.

Toast one slice of white bread and one slice of whole wheat bread. Top each with your child’s favorite jam, jelly or peanut butter. Ask your taste tester to take a bite of each slice and then vote for their favorite. They can raise two hands if it’s a tie.



Do the same taste test with white and whole wheat pasta. Cook one cup of each, toss with pasta sauce, and then let the kids place their votes.

Other foods to compare include whole grain crackers versus regular crackers, whole wheat bagels versus white, and a whole grain breakfast cereal versus a refined one.



Side-Lying Hold

  1. For the right breast, lie on your right side with your baby facing you.
  2. Pull your baby close. Your baby’s mouth should be level with your nipple.
  3. In this position, you can cradle your baby’s back with your left arm and support yourself with your right arm and/or pillows.
  4. Keep loose clothing and bedding away from your baby.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:


Cross-Cradle Hold

  1. For the right breast, use your left arm to hold your baby’s head at your right breast and baby’s body toward your left side. A pillow across your lap can help support your left arm.
  2. Gently place your left hand behind your baby’s ears and neck, with your thumb and index finger behind each ear and your palm between baby’s shoulder blades. Turn your baby’s body toward yours so your tummies are touching.
  3. Hold your breast as if you are squeezing a sandwich. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Instead, bring your baby to you.
  4. As your baby’s mouth opens, push gently with your left palm on baby’s head to help them latch on. Make sure you keep your fingers out of the way.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:


Clutch or “Football” Hold

  1. For the right breast, hold your baby level, facing up, at your right side.
  2. Put your baby’s head near your right nipple and support their back and legs under your right arm.
  3. Hold the base of your baby’s head with your right palm. A pillow underneath your right arm can help support your baby’s weight.
  4. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Bring baby to you instead.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:


Cradle Hold

  1. For the right breast, cradle your baby with your right arm. Your baby will be on their left side across your lap, facing you at nipple level.
  2. Your baby’s head will rest on your right forearm with your baby’s back along your inner arm and palm.
  3. Turn your baby’s tummy toward your tummy. Your left hand is free to support your breast, if needed. Pillows can help support your arm and elbow.
  4. To protect your back, avoid leaning down to your baby. Instead, bring your baby to you.
  5. Reverse for the left breast.

This hold is useful when:


Laid-Back Hold

  1. Lean back on a pillow with your baby’s tummy touching yours and their head at breast level. Some moms find that sitting up nearly straight works well. Others prefer to lean back and lie almost flat.
  2. You can place your baby’s cheek near your breast, or you may want to use one hand to hold your breast near your baby. It’s up to you and what you think feels best.
  3. Your baby will naturally find your nipple, latch, and begin to suckle.

This hold is useful when: