I have the hardest time keeping cereal in my house! My kids love it! They eat it for an afternoon snack, they eat it for dessert, and, sometimes, when I'm not home, they eat it for dinner. Now this used to bother me, because you know they should have a healthy dinner, and what not... But then, I figure if breakfast is the most important part of the day, and cereal is made for breakfast, then it must be healthy for dinner, right?! ♪And that's close enough to perfect for me♪ (by Alabama, though it's really she's close enough to perfect but that's how it played out in my head, so that's how you get to hear it)
So, being that my kids, and me and hubby all love cereal, I was excited when Blog Spark asked me to tell you some interesting news from General Mills, and they gave me 4 boxes of cereal, for free!* That's a box of cereal for each of us! Perfect! I got Multi-grain Cheerios, #1 got Cookie Crisp, and hubby and #2 both got Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which by the way, they've already eaten after only 4 days!
So here's the news:
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.
So, how great is that?! Less sugar, more nutritional, and a healthier body weight?! Wow! guess I'm not such a bad mom after all!
* Online coupon link, VIP coupons, and information provided from General Mills through MyBlogSpark