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Let’s Celebrate Whole Grains!

September is Whole Grains Month!

Whole grains are an important part of a healthy diet. Texas WIC food packages also include whole grains, including brown rice, whole wheat bread and tortillas, corn tortillas, oatmeal and whole-wheat pasta.

Health experts recommend including whole grains in our diets because they can help “reduce risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity,” according to the Oldways Whole Grains Council.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that at least half of all the grains you eat are whole grains. If you’re like most people, you’re not getting enough whole grains — so see how to make whole grains a part of your healthy diet.

Grains can be either whole or refined. Whole grains have the entire grain kernel, and include whole-wheat flour, oatmeal and brown rice to name a few. Refined grains remove fiber, iron and some vitamins. Examples include white flour, bread and rice.

In honor of whole grains month, here is a recipe to try:

Whole-Grain Tuna Rice Cakes

1 can tuna, undrained

2 cups cooked rice

1/4 cup finely chopped celery

1 Tbsp finely chopped oniona

1 slice of whole wheat bread, shredded or crumbled

Dash or two of ground black pepper

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the tuna with its liquid, rice, celery, onion, bread and pepper. Stir in the eggs and mix well. Form mixture into 4 patties using about ¼ cup mix for each. Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add patties and brown on each side. Enjoy!

Get all your WIC foods at Lone Star Family Market in one easy stop. Lone Star Family Market is a chain of grocery stores that caters to WIC clients. There are 7 locations in Austin + Round Rock + San Marcos. Visit today!

Check Out These Fun Family Events This Month!

< November 2022 >
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
  1Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
2Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
3Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
4 5Kid's Day at DreamlandKid's Day at DreamlandTime: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
November Kid's Day Saturday, Nov. 5th 10am - 1pm, Join Dreamland for fun activities like face painting, balloon artist, rock painting and NEW - a fun bouncy house! Tickets are $1 each and are available to purchase onsite at the Welcome Center or on the lawn (card only). Those with a birthday in the month of November can participate in these activities for free!
Dreamland Dripping Springs
2770 US-290, Dripping Springs, TX
Family Resource FestivalFamily Resource FestivalTime: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join us for our 1st Annual Family Resource Festival on November 5th from 10am-1pm at the Center for Child Protection. Enjoy family friendly activities including pumpkin decorating, games, photo booths, face painting, a Games2U video game truck, PLUS free food, music, and giveaways! You also will have the opportunity to connect with various organizations that offer resources to our community. Resources will include rental & utilities assistance, counseling & education support, immigration assistance, and more.
The Center for Child Protection
8509 FM 969 #2, Austin, TX
Family Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryFamily Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryTime: 11:00 am
Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes alongside your toddlers and preschoolers. Many weeks you’ll find a little extra sparkle–fun additions such as puppets, creative movement, or playful activities. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Children ages 18 months – 6 years old will enjoy it best. Meet at 11 a.m. on Saturdays in Room A. Pre-registration is not required for this activity.
Round Rock Public Library
216 E Main St, Round Rock, TX
Saturday Family FundaySaturday Family FundayTime: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Each Saturday, families can come to the YMCA to participate in a variety of activities. Look out for alternating special events between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM each Saturday which may include, but are not limited to, crafts, Yoga, basketball, volleyball, and more!
North Austin YMCA
1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
6Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
7Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
8Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
9Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
Yoga for Toddlers & their Grown UpsYoga for Toddlers & their Grown UpsTime: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Come stretch, breathe, move, dance, relax, create, and have FUN! These classes will include age-appropriate yoga and movement- including breathing, poses, games, stories, music, relaxation, meditation, and more. Your little yogi will get to practice fine and gross motor skills, social and group skills, and begin to learn mindfulness and breathing/calming tools. Free and open to the public! All ages are welcome but these classes are geared toward toddlers
Kingsbury Commons in Pease District Park
1100 Kingsbury St, Austin, TX
10Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
11 12Family Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryFamily Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryTime: 11:00 am
Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes alongside your toddlers and preschoolers. Many weeks you’ll find a little extra sparkle–fun additions such as puppets, creative movement, or playful activities. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Children ages 18 months – 6 years old will enjoy it best. Meet at 11 a.m. on Saturdays in Room A. Pre-registration is not required for this activity.
Round Rock Public Library
216 E Main St, Round Rock, TX
Saturday Family FundaySaturday Family FundayTime: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Each Saturday, families can come to the YMCA to participate in a variety of activities. Look out for alternating special events between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM each Saturday which may include, but are not limited to, crafts, Yoga, basketball, volleyball, and more!
North Austin YMCA
1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
13Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
14Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
15Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
16Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
17Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
18 19Family Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryFamily Storytime at Round Rock Public LibraryTime: 11:00 am
Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes alongside your toddlers and preschoolers. Many weeks you’ll find a little extra sparkle–fun additions such as puppets, creative movement, or playful activities. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Children ages 18 months – 6 years old will enjoy it best. Meet at 11 a.m. on Saturdays in Room A. Pre-registration is not required for this activity.
Round Rock Public Library
216 E Main St, Round Rock, TX
Saturday Family FundaySaturday Family FundayTime: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Each Saturday, families can come to the YMCA to participate in a variety of activities. Look out for alternating special events between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM each Saturday which may include, but are not limited to, crafts, Yoga, basketball, volleyball, and more!
North Austin YMCA
1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
20Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
21Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
22Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
23Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
24Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
25 26Saturday Family FundaySaturday Family FundayTime: 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Each Saturday, families can come to the YMCA to participate in a variety of activities. Look out for alternating special events between 3:45 PM and 5:45 PM each Saturday which may include, but are not limited to, crafts, Yoga, basketball, volleyball, and more!
North Austin YMCA
1000 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX
27Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
28Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
29Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
30Toddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterToddler Story Time at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterTime: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for nature-themed storytimes especially for ages 5 and younger. A new seasonal, age-appropriate story is featured each week. Story time will be held outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather. Bring a blanket if you like and choose a spot in the Family Garden Pavilion to give your neighbors plenty of distance.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
       

Easy, Fast Breakfast Or Snack With WIC Foods

Seems like we are always in a rush. Looking for a quick and easy breakfast or snack? This one is perfect for you or your littles. It is made using only WIC foods: cereal, peaches and yogurt. Add a little dash of cinnamon for extra taste.

PEACH PARFAIT

1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds (or any WIC cereal of your choice) snack using WIC foods

1 snack size peach cup

1 cup of peach yogurt

Sprinkle of cinnamon

Pour ½ cup of cereal in a cup. Smear ½ cup of yogurt on top of cereal. Add ½ of the peach cup on top. Repeat layers of cereal, yogurt and peach cup. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!

GET MORE SNACKS USING WIC FOODS

Get these and all your other WIC foods at Lone Star Family Market, a grocery store chain that caters to WIC clients. Find a location near a WIC clinic near you here

WIC Breakfast Foods

Breakfast Recipes With WIC Foods Good Enough To Eat All Day

Some might say breakfast is the best meal of the day. 

Texas WIC offers many healthy breakfast foods for pregnant women and children to help get the day off to a great start. But it is also a great way to end a day.

Here are some examples of healthy WIC foods that make the best breakfast ingredients, no matter when you eat them.

Eggs , Whole Wheat Bread, Whole Wheat Tortillas, Fruit, Vegetables, Cereal, Oatmeal, Milk, Fruit Juice, Cheese, Yogurt are all part of the Texas WIC program.

These foods are healthy and great served individually. Combine to make some of the best breakfast foods: omelets, tacos, breakfast sandwiches, smoothies and more. But changing it up is always fun. Here are a few WIC breakfast foods with a twist your family will love

BREAKFAST QUESADILLA

2 Whole Wheat Tortilla

2 large eggs

¼ cup shredded cheese

1 teaspoon butter

Cooking spray

Salsa

Sliced Avocado

Crack eggs in a bowl and whisk. Spray skillet with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Put eggs in a pan and cook for about 5 minutes. Put eggs on a plate. Wipe pan clean. Lightly butter one side of the tortilla. Place butter side down in the pan. Put ½ of the scrambled eggs on top of the tortilla and add half of the cheese and fold the tortilla in half.  Cook on each side until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese has melted, about 3 minutes. Repeat to make a second tortilla. Serve with salsa and sliced avocado.

 

PEANUT BUTTER, BANANA OVERNIGHT OATS

½ cup old fashioned rolled oats

½ cup milk

1/4 cup plain yogurt 

1 teaspoons maple syrup or honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional

pinch of salt

1 tablespoon peanut butter

Sliced bananas

Add oats, milk, yogurt, maple syrup and salt and ½ tablespoon of the peanut butter into a container with an air-tight lid. Stir. Place in the fridge overnight. The next morning, remove the lid. Stir oats and add a splash of milk. Top with remaining peanut butter and slice bananas. Overnight oats can remain in the fridge for up to 5 days in a sealed container. 

For all your WIC groceries, visit any Lone Star Family Market location in Austin, Round Rock, and San Marcos. Lone Star Family Market caters to WIC clients by providing an easy shopping experience and format to get all your WIC foods in one easy stop. SNAP also accepted. Find a location near a WIC clinic near you, lonestarfamilymarket.com/locations.