Back-to-School with Sorghum


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It's that time of year again when we transition from summer vacation back into school and work mode. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its foundation are celebrating the third annual Kids Eat Right Month™ this August, highlighting the benefits of proper nutrition for children. Good nutrition can improve your child’s brain function, energy levels and moods at school. Plus, research indicates that families who eat together have a stronger bond and children have higher self-confidence and perform better in school.

Nutritious Reasons to Include Sorghum in Your Child’s Diet

Sorghum is a high-energy whole grain you should add to your child’s diet. With nearly 75 percent complex carbohydrates and rich in B-complex vitamins, sorghum is an excellent choice to keep your kids focused all day long. Sorghum is also high in protein, the building blocks for bone and muscle development. Black and burgundy sorghum varieties are rich in antioxidants to help fight oxidative stress. Plus, sorghum is naturally gluten-free. A beneficial source of dietary fiber, sorghum also promotes digestive health. Sorghum’s nutritious goodness will help your kids stay full longer to tackle the school day with ease.

3 Easy Sorghum Recipes for Back-to-School

Easy Recipes to Include Sorghum on the Back-to-School Menu

Teaching your children how to cook will provide them with valuable lifelong skills. Let‘s explore three delicious sorghum recipes and uncover ways to include your kids in the kitchen!

Breakfast

Eating breakfast can help kids stay alert and do better in class. What better motivation to whip up a healthy, yummy meal? This Apple Cinnamon Raisin Sorghum Bake can easily be made the night before and reheated in the morning. It’s full of healthy carbohydrates and fiber to keep children energized all morning long. Serve it warm with a ¼ cup of Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for added protein and calcium.

Kid-Friendly Cooking Activity
Younger kids can wash apples in the sink and older children can layer the ingredients in a baking pan.

Snack

After school, two Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookies with a glass of milk make a tasty treat for both you and your kids! Gluten-free and nut-free, these cookies can travel to school with your children for a mid-day pick-me-up. The recipe calls for 2 ¾ cups of white sorghum flour, which can be purchased at many supermarkets and bulk baking supply stores.

Kid-Friendly Cooking Activity
Younger children can sift together sorghum flour, baking soda and salt, while older kids can roll the dough between their hands to create balls and place them on the baking sheet.

Supper

For parents who are reluctant to introduce new foods and flavors to their children, fear not, it’s Sorghetti time! Make this recipe on the weekend with the kids to allow for batch cooking sorghum. If you have cooked frozen sorghum on hand, this is an easy weeknight meal. With only five main ingredients, this recipe is a home run with kids and parents alike.

Kid-Friendly Cooking Activity
Have younger children combine cooked sorghum with olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a large casserole, while older kids set the kitchen table.

Back-to-School with Sorghum Takeaways

  • Research indicates that families who eat together have a stronger bond, and children have higher self-confidence and perform better in school. 
  • Sorghum can be easily prepared as the base for a main meal for your back-to-school menu. 
  • Get your kids helping in the kitchen with easy sorghum recipes like Sorghetti.

Let us know your favorite way to get your kids cookin’ with sorghum in the kitchen!

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