Serious About Cereals

We always keep at least two or three boxes of cereals in the pantry.  The call of toasted bread or warm rolls paired with a yummy sandwich filling for breakfast, however, is often too loud and too tempting to ignore.  It’s embarrassing to admit that we’ve allowed one too many boxes of cereals to expire and end up in the trash.  That’s not going to happen anymore. ;)

A few weeks ago, I received a couple of VIP coupons from General Mills through MyBlogSpark.  They couldn’t have come at a better time.  You know how a lot of people resolve to make better food choices and eat healthier at the start of the new year.  You can count us among  those people.

We’ve been loading up on cereals come breakfast time these last few days.  I got four different kinds of General Mills cereals with my coupons.  I love how the nutrition information is just right there on top of the box…

and all the cereals are guaranteed whole grain.  My 5-year old daughter used to be not so overly fond of cereal, but she is now.  She loves the Honey Nut Clusters and even requests for it in the morning.  She likes this more than Kix, maybe because Kix is less sweet.  Well, if she won’t finish the box of Kix, I will.  I can snack on those puffed balls, with or without milk! ;)

Of the four cereals we bought, I thought Raisin Bran will be my favorite.  But after I tasted Basic 4 this morning, it was love at first bite.

What’s not to love?  It is a blend of tangy fruits, crunchy almonds and a wholesome variety of grains.  Plus, it is low in saturated fat and cholesterol!  It’s truly a yummy treat to look forward to in the morning.

Instead of whole milk, I use Organic Rice Milk with my cereals.  But that’s just me…and my mom! :)

Here are other healthy benefits one can derive from a bowl of cereal:

  • 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.

You would be happy to know that 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.

Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Disclosure: General Mills through MyBlogSpark provided the author (that would be me!) with coupons to try out the products.  The author was also provided with the information on the health benefits of cereals.

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