My family eats a lot of cereal. We eat it for breakfast in the morning, at home, and in the car as snacks, and occasionally for dinner. I'm not a spectacular cook, we're always in a hurry, and the kids are picky. If I can find something the kids are willing to eat that's reasonably healthy, I'm happy.
As a member of MyBlogSpark, I was recently sent some information about cereal in general, and specifically General Mills cereal.
Here's some of the info General Mills sent me:
We´re excited to share some great news for cereal lovers. This week General Mills announced a commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving. The company has already been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain.
Did you know that ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters? Cereals also deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children´s diets. Other cereal benefits:
Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children´s diets.
Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child´s diet today.
More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures. Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office. For more information about kids and cereals, please visit Cereal Health and Wellness. Right now if you visit here you will find a $1 off coupon for one of four General Mills cereals.
General Mills was also generous enough to send me several coupons for free cereal for my family. We got a couple of perennial favorites, (Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Kix,) as well a new one, Dora the Explorer cereal. The kids have been happily munching on them for a couple of weeks, and I feel better about them snacking on cereal than chips or cookies.
I'm all about trying to reduce some of the mommy guilt. Sure, it would be great if the kids snacked on broccoli all day, but they don't. Here's a compromise we can feel OK about. Cereal the kids like, that's better for them.
Thanks to MyBlogSpark and General Mills, for providing me with the information, coupon link, and sample cereal.