If my kids have a late breakfast, they are grouchy, tired, and did I say grouchy? So, it’s no surprise that, a 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, kids who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, and have fewer reported discipline problems.
Another study of 16,000 adults revealed those who skipped breakfast tended to weigh more than those who ate breakfast.
Do you think that’s true? Could a simple bowl of Cheerios, or any cereal, before heading out the door have that much added nutrition?
I firmly believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’m the type of Momma that likes to cook the whole 9 yards, a little bit of everything like: Eggs, Sausage, Biscuits, Oatmeal, Fruit, and don’t forget the coffee.
I’ve been a little disappointed the last few years because my children (and husband I might add), on most days, would rather have a simple bowl of cereal. I can be relieved now because I’ve learned that cereal also delivers important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in my family’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.
Eating cereal for breakfast could mean that you’re consuming less fat and reducing your calorie intake. Check out this useful chart to show how cereal compares to other breakfasts:
Today’s cereals are more nutritious than ever. Every General Mills Big G cereal contains at least 8 grams of whole grain per serving, and more than 20 General Mills cereals deliver 16 grams or more.
What About the Sugar?
Ready-to-eat cereals actually account for a relatively small amount of a child’s daily sugar intake. On average, cereals – including pre-sweetened cereals – provide less than 5 percent of children’s daily sugar intake. They probably grab more sugar from the juice they drink at lunch! All General Mills cereals are lower calorie, nutrient dense choices. That includes our favorite cereal, Lucky Charms, which is a pre-sweetened cereal.
Considering the benefits of cereal, you’ll see why ready-to-eat cereal is such a great breakfast choice.
I’ve got to know:
– What is your usual breakfast choice?
– Are you surprised at the benefits of ready-to-eat cereal?
– What is your favorite General Mills Cereal?
General Mills cereal can be found at your local grocery store. Print out your $1.00 off General Mills Cereal coupon before you head out the door.
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