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WIC Meals of the Month: Magnifying Magnesium

Recipes to cook, eat and repeat

WIC Meals of the Month (MOM) is an opportunity for the WIC community to share recipes of their own, or from their favorite resources. This WIC MOM features magnesium, an essential mineral found in many foods, including those in the WIC food packages. Its resume includes playing a role in bone health, the immune system, and potentially making some health conditions less severe - getting enough magnesium each day, along with potassium, calcium, fiber, and protein, can benefit women who suffer from high blood pressure before, during and after pregnancy.

We've gathered contributions from the WIC community that we've added to our collection, or linked to, to help you help your participants make the most of their food packages and try new recipes with magnificent magnesium.

Luckily, lots of WIC foods contain magnesium. Legumes, like black, pinto and garbanzo beans, peanut butter, edamame, leafy greens, potatoes, bananas, and yogurt all contain magnesium.

Go nutty for peanut butter with Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt or Apple Sandwiches for a magnifying magnesium treat.

Dinner is served with a side of magnesium! Try Fish and Kale Stew or tasty Chicken Spinach Lasagna and finish of the meal with Chocolate Mousse for dessert.

As moms love to say, “Eat Your Greens!”  Check out the Chickpea and Kale Salad,  Okra and Greens, or Autumn Kale Salad.         

Looking for a delicious meal that is plant-based and contains magnesium? Serve Spinach and Artichoke Pasta, Slow Cooker Lentils as a tasty taco filling or a Purple Bean Power Wrap


Chickpea and Kale Salad

This hearty salad will hold up to being dressed and saved for later. Who doesn't love a good make ahead meal (especially when the flavors more fully develop)? Add protein like salmon, tofu, or chicken and make this a full meal.

Chili Garlic Edamame

Frozen vegetables are a great way to whip up an exciting side dish, or new snack for you or the kids. Teaching kids to remove the beans from the pod can be a fun way to introduce a new green vegetable!

Guacamole with Salmon

Add an extra boost of protein (not to mention choline and vitamin B12) to your guacamole with canned salmon. Whip this up and keep it on hand for a quick snack on the go or while breastfeeding!

Microwaved Oats in a Mug

Mug cakes are fast, easy, and kind of like a science experiment for kids. Make them savory or sweet to create fun and interesting meals any time of day.

Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt

Looking for a sweet treat that won't break the sugar bank? Try this simple make-at-home frozen yogurt you can assemble in 5 minutes with only 4 ingredients. With minimal sugar, plus a good dose of calcium, protein, and magnesium, you can feel good about indulging your sweet tooth!

Spinach and Artichoke Pasta

Use this creamy pasta dish as a gateway to introduce new vegetables to your kids. It's delicious and packed with nutrients from the goodness of whole grains, the splendors of spinach, and the antioxidants of artichokes.

Three Sisters Stew

Try this traditional Native American recipe from the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) nation. It's delicious and packed with nutrients - including magnesium, potassium, choline, folate and fiber.
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