Thursday, June 23, 2011

Benefits of Cereal & Giveaway (ends July 2nd)




Growing up while I loved Popeye the Sailor cartoons I refused to eat spinach. No amount of pleading or cajoling could convince me to eat this nutritionally packed vegetable because cooked spinach looked and tasted like slimy leaves. One day in college, however, a friend served me a spinach salad for lunch and I loved it! That's when I discovered that I could enjoy vegetables raw that I despised cooked. Since making this connection I have served my family numerous veggies raw that would be left untouched cooked. Because no matter how healthy it is if it doesn't taste good, they won't eat it.

A recent study shows D.C. parents say taste is the number one thing they look for when searching for breakfast options (81 percent).

Did you know?

* 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.

* 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.

And 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.

For more information, go to www.cerealbenefits.com.



Giveaway: Today, General Mills is offering one Metroreader follower (Note: to enter giveaway you must publicly follow Metroreader) a Share Your Love for Cereal gift pack which includes sample size cereals and a cereal dispenser!

Mandatory First Entry: 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?

Note: You must list your email address in the body of the comment (you can list it as mary123 (at) yahoo(dot)com). If you do not list your email address your entry will not count.

Extra Entries: Follow me on twitter (DCMetroreader) and on Facebook (Metroreader). NOTE: These extra entries MUST be left in a separate comment or will not count.



Disclosure: To facilitate this posting I received a sample cereal pack and information from General Mills through MyBlogSpark. No compensation was received for the opinions expressed in this posting.

55 comments:

  1. I give them nutritious cereal in the morning
    kathypersons@Yahoo.com

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  2. Honey Nut Cheerios with milk. Has the sweet taste kids love but with fiber and other nutrients.

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  3. Multi Grain Cheerios cereal with milk. Mmmmm

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  4. An easy way is to feed them cereal with lowfat milk and fruit in the morninigs!
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  6. They love eating cereal for breakfast and they get alot of the nutrients that they need.
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  7. Cereal and fruit.

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  9. Cereal is a good way to give children their nutrients.
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  10. cdziuba@aol.com An easy way to do that is to give a good breakfast with cereal, fruit, juice, and and a vitamin.

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  11. Easy ways for kids to get the nutients they need are fruit, nuts and yogurt.
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  13. I make sure she eats fruits and vegetables, which she loves

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  14. I make sure they get plenty of sun and they don't mind taking vitamin D pills every morning.
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  15. We eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.
    And I am always looking for nutrient enriched snacks.


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  18. You can make sure they get all those essential nutrients by giving them cereal to eat that is packed w those vitamins & minerals. Thanks for the contest! goldilocssweeps (@) gmail(dot)com

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  21. One easy way, besides giving them cereal for breakfast, is to give them dry cereal to nibble on as a snack. asthenight at gmail dot com

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  24. Multivitamins for our picky eaters!

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  25. My kids love their fruit and vegetables already:)
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  26. I think healthy cereal is the beginning for healthy eating. My grandkids love it. Follow you on facebook.

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  27. I cook with color, cooking with several colors unsure my daughter gets all the vitamins she needs.

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  29. I make sure my kids eat a healthy breakfast. Knowing they are starting their days with much needed nutrients makes it easier for them and me to make the right food choices for the rest of the day. GFC follower amied027. Thanks! ard1977@gmail dot com

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  32. by serving foods that have cheese in it and cereals with other nutrients in it.
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  34. I like my kids to eat cereal at least a couple of times a week.

    I follow on GFC under Bethie.

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  35. Don't have kids but for myself I try and eat well with lots of colorful foods aka fruits and vegi's.

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  36. 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?

    Supply them with milk product, kid vitamins like the Flinestones, and veggies.

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  37. I would give my kids veggies and fruit that contains vitamin d, calcuim, iron, and zinc.


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  39. My kids LOVE yogurt and they eat a ton of it! And I've found that with veggies, as long as I melt some cheese on top of it, they'll eat it and I can live with that!
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  40. I follow on twitter (pauline15)
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  41. My children eat cereal every morning and they enjoy yogurt and fruits too

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  42. Like you on FB Susan Smith

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  43. I'm a new facebook fan (pauline1501)
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  44. follow you via twitter susan1215

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  45. my kids are good eaters,between cereal,veggies and fruit they get plenty!
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  46. now following Metroreader: Reading One Mile At A Time and my grandkids not only love cereal for breakfast but as a snack too. I give the Cherrios.
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  47. I give my kids gummy vitamins with breakfast every morning. They love the taste and they're good for them!

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  49. I read nutrition labels to make sure they're getting all the nutrients they need.

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  50. I try get them to get their nutrients by making sure the cereal they eat in the morning gets them a good start along with some fruit. Also have gotten them to actually like veggies! elangomatt at gmail dot com

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  51. I follow you on twitter with user @elangomatt

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  53. just to have her drink milk is a challenge, so I add a tiny bit of chocolate syrup to make it more palatable.

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