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What do your kids typically eat for breakfast? Mine like pancakes, waffles, cinnamon toast, and French toast. No – I don’t make those every morning, but they do eat at least one of those each morning…gotta love Eggo πŸ˜‰

So when I read about the benefits of cereal for kids, I was momentarily upset with myself that we’d gotten into the frozen-toasted breakfasts. Until I remembered that the kids eat cereal as a snack pretty much all day. Fruity Cheerios (known by Burke as Rainbow Cheerios – formerly known as All Colors Cheerios) are a favorite in our house. Gotta love Cheerios!!

I received the following information (and vouchers for 4 boxes of free cereal – woot!) from MyBlogSpark and General Mills.

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 pre-sweetened 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, visit Cereal Health and Wellness.

Did you 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? They’ve already been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain.

Pretty cool, right?

Even better? A coupon for $1 off cereal from MyBlogSpark and General Mills.

5 Responses

  1. We started doing rice crispies in cocunut milk (b/c P can’t have dairy) to practice with spoons and they love it – although Ned, prefers using his hand instead of a spoon. I eat mine with sugar sprinkled on top but the kids go without. πŸ™‚

  2. We are really careful with sugar at our house. We have a family history of diabetes and other blood sugar disorders. We allow desserts and other treats but are really mindful of how much sugar they are consuming in all their food throughout the day.

    We usually mix the few “kid” cereals we allow in our house with their lower sugar counterparts. The girls have been having “mixed” cheerios for breakfast this week, which consists of the new chocolate cheerios mixed with multigrain cheerios. We also have “mixed” krispies. The big thing I’ve noticed most is that to lower the sugar per serving in kids cereals, the cereal manufacturers have reduced the serving size rather than the sugar content. Seriously, go take a look. The higher sugar cereals have serving sizes of 1/2 cup or 2/3 cup whereas other cereals have 1 cup servings. Seems to me that’s not really playing fair or lowering the actual sugar content.

  3. The heck with the $1 coupon I want the 4 free boxes you got!! LOL

    Obviously no kids here but I eat cereal Mon-Fri, generally something else on the weekend (pancakes, eggs, etc). I eat more ‘kids’ cereals than ‘healthy’ cereal too. Most people I know don’t eat breakfast but it’s the most important meal of the day & I honestly think I owe my figure & metabolism to it. πŸ™‚

  4. My kids eat Eggos too! On weekends we usually eat pancakes or eggs, because Daddy does the cookies (he makes chocolate chip pancakes…) We do eat Honey Nut Cheerios and they LOVE that. So, perhaps I’ll keep them on it. Thanks for the info!

  5. I am one of those nasty mommys that do the type of cerial with very little sugar – the adult type. And they eat it – our favorite – All Bran Flakes by Keloggs. We also do lots of porridge.

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