Okay, so I’m sure we’ve all heard ours mothers say it before: “Eat your breakfast! It’s the most important meal of the day!”
Well, your mom was right. Breakfast is, in fact the most important meal of the day! According to the wonderful people at General Mills and MyBlogSpark, studies have shown that kids who eat a healthy breakfast perform better in 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! Another study of 16,000 adults revealed those who skipped breakfast tended to weigh more than those who ate breakfast.
Many people say that the reason they don’t eat breakfast is that they don’t have time. Well, even if your mornings seem hectic and you’re rushing around, there are still some easy, and healthy choices that you can eat quickly or on the run.
The most popular breakfast item these days is probably cereal, especially with children, however there are so many cereals out there, that sometime’s it’s hard to choose one that’s healthy. Lots of cereals these days are packed with sugar, and other scary ingredients, but there is good news for cereal lovers now! The company, General Mills, has 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!
General Mills also states 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.
How great is that? I bet you didn’t know your favorite breakfast item was that beneficial!
For more information about kids and cereals, click here.
The awesome people at General Mills and MyBlogSpark were kind enough to send me complimentary coupons to try some of the General Mills cereal! General Mills offers lots of healthy and delicious cereals, so it was super hard to choose – but the one’s I was lucky enough to sample were Total Blueberry Pomegranate and Chocolate Cheerios!
Total Blueberry Pomegranate
Overall Score: 3/5
This cereal was pretty good! It had a nice fruity blueberry flavor, and a light flaky crunch. The only thing I was disappointed about was the lack of the blueberry pomegranate clusters that it’s supposed to have. There weren’t too many in my box,mostly just flakes. The flavor in the cereal was still very strong, but I just wish there were more of those little clusters you see on the box!
This cereal also has some pretty great nutritional stats:
One Cup of Total provides you with 100% of at least 11 vitamins and mineral your body needs to stay healthy!
Overall Score: 4/5
Chocolate Cheerios are new on the shelves, so when I saw them at my grocery store I knew I just had to try a box! These Cheerios are delicious! They’re slightly sweet, with a nice chocolate flavor! They kind of reminded me of Cocoa Puffs, but not as sicky sweet because they are made with real cocoa! They have a nice crunch, just like regular Cheerios, but it’s their rich cocoa flavor that makes them really stand out! These also have some pretty great nutritional stats as well!
They only contain 100 calories per serving, are low fat, saturated fat free, naturally cholesterol free, good source of calcium, good source of vitamin D, made with whole grain, and contain 12 vitamins and minerals! Along with all of that, they also only contain 9 grams of sugar per serving, and may reduce your risk for heart disease!