Monday, June 27, 2011

Taste and Nutrition is Important!!

Nutrition is not nutrition unless your kids eat it!! I know that is very true for my kids.  Some of my kids really enjoy healthy foods, but others do not.  To me it is more important that my kids eat something for breakfast instead of nothing.
Did you know that cereal is a great breakfast option because it is the number one dietary source of many key nutrients including iron, zinc and folic acid?   Frequent cereal eaters tend to have better nutrient intakes too!
Did you also know that a typical breakfast contributes more than 30 percent of needed calcium, iron and B vitamins while delivering less than 20 percent of daily calories?  In addition, ready-to-eat cereal is the top source of whole grain in kids’ diets.
Big G is the only leading line of kids' cereals to contain at least 8 grams of whole grain (48 grams recommended daily) and a good source of both calcium and vitamin D in every serving. In addition, cereal is an inexpensive but nutrient-dense option. On average, a bowl of cereal with milk is approximately 50 cents per serving
 Just for reading my blog, General Mills would like to offer one winner a great prize this week.  You will get 6 cereal bowl boxes of cereal.  My kids love these, especially on trips when you might not have a seperate bowl.  The cereal dispenser has also been a huge hit in my house! It is easy enough to use for my 3 year old by herself and it encourages snacking throughout the day.  All of my kids are eating more cereal thanks to this dispenser.  Would you like to win one of your own??
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 What are some easy ways you help your child get necessary nutrients like vitamin D, calcium, iron, folate and zinc into the foods they eat?
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Dislcaimer: I was sent a giftpack from General Mills and MyBlogSpark to review.  The opinions I have provided above are all my own.  Winners must live in the US. 


  1. I try to educate them about nutrients they need then when that fails I always show them Daddy likes and they should try :)

  2. @Evico I love that suggestion!! When parents model healthy eating behaviors the young kids usually follow. When they get to be teenagers not so much!

  3. Hello! We add fruit and nuts into cereal, salads and baked goods to help increase the amount of necessary nutrients like vitamin D, calcium, iron, folate and zinc our kids get!

  4. To help make sure our kids take advantage of the nutrition benefits of cereal, we make the cereal boxes, the bowls and spoons and the milk easy for even the smaller children to get themselves. (We use half-gallon milk containers or pitchers so the milk is light enough for the children to pour themselves) They don't have to wait for us in the morning to start eating cereal.

  5. some easy ways are to set example..i eat mushrooms alot in front of my kids, and guess what..they tried them one day and like them!
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