Sunday, January 3, 2010

General Mills Cereal- Less sugar, Healthy kids!

Let's face it, most mornings with my kids is pretty hectic! By the time they're up and fully functioning, I don't have the time I'd like to make a nice healthy, hot breakfast! So, we reach for the boxes of cereal, it's quick and easy, and I know they won't be at school starving until snack time. I try to get some of the healthier cereals in them, but they love their Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Trix. My ONE lucky cereal is Cheerios, both kids love it and I'm happy to sprinkle on a BIT of sugar knowing it's a great cereal!

Well, now I'm very happy to say that General Mills is commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving! Now picking out a cereal will be much easier on my mind AND the kids will be happy that they can still each their yummy tasting cereal, and it's even healthier!

I had vowed that I would NEVER make my kids eat gross, bland, cardboard tasting cereal, and I'm so glad that I can STILL keep my vow : ) We've tried the Lucky Charms and Trix with less sugar, and the kids are still gobbling it up as usual!
Another added benefit is getting in the Whole Grains and added Fiber needed! My daughter has some issues and needs the extra fiber, so again, I'm thankful to find it in a food that she will eat at any time!

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.

Want to try it out yourself? Well, here's a $1 off coupon to get you started! Please try General Mills Less Sugar, not only for yourself but for your kids, you won't regret it!

*All information and free cereal coupons were all provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

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