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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 😉

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.

Saturday Snapshot: Family

Attempted Sleepover

Cousin Grey was GOING to sleep in the same room with Burke and Maggie (and Mike), but as soon as his daddy left the room…so did Grey. 🙂

Are the waffles done yet?

Grandpa made waffles this morning!

Kids' Table

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go over and have a look at what others are doing on this dreary Saturday.