What’s the scoop: cereal for breakfast

What’s the Scoop: Cereal for Breakfast

You have likely heard this before!  Research has proven a connection between breakfast and a better memory, better test scores, better attention span, decreased irritability, healthier body weight, and improved overall nutrition in our children.  Breakfast has proven itself beneficial time and time again.

Let’s face it though, mornings with children can be chaotic to say the least.  Getting out the door often seems a monumental task and then adding in a healthy breakfast to the routine may seem impossible!  Cereal is a quick and healthy option if chosen appropriately. It can be a great way to get in milk and other healthy nutrients like  fiber, folic acid, vitamin C, iron, and zinc.

Here are some helpful tips on choosing a healthy cereal:

  • Look beyond the eye-catching packages of children’s cereal. While cartoon characters can be appealing, cereals not specifically marketed to children tend to contain more fiber and less sugar.
  • Find cereals with a fiber content of at least 2 (if not 5) grams per serving.
  • Focus on finding cereals that contain no more than 10 to 12 grams of sugar per serving. Even when children in the low-sugar cereal group added extra sugar, they still ended up consuming far less sugar than the high-sugar cereal group.
  • Consider sweetening cereal naturally by simply adding cut up fruits like bananas, strawberries, or peaches.
  • Go for whole grains whenever possible.

So, parents, don’t be hard on yourselves! It doesn’t have to be an all out breakfast attempt! Cereal proves a worthy breakfast food opponent!

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