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Breakfast – The Most Important Meal of the Day

All too often I hear about people skipping breakfast. The #1 reason I hear is that there isn’t enough time in the morning. It is true, mornings can be very hectic. However, jumpstarting your metabolism for the day will actually help you loss weight & keep it off. This article goes into detail the importance of eating a healthy breakfast.

Part of the battle I have with my kids in the morning is they just don’t want to eat. They both eat well later in they day, but breakfast is a struggle. I have found that by keeping healthy, lower sugar cereals on hand, I can ususally get something in them.

I was sent some coupons for 4 boxes of complimentary cereal from MyBlogSpark & General Mills. General Mills is making a commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving. The company has already been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain. General Mills also has several gluten-free cereal options, such as:

  • Rice Chex
  • Corn Chex
  • Cinnamon Chex
  • Honey Nut Chex
  • Chocolate Chex

Yes, some of those are higher in sugar than others, but what I do is mix a little of the higher sugar in with Rice Chex or Kix for a nice treat. All of the Chex cereals are labeled “gluten-free”. The others are formulated gluten-free as of the date that I am writing this. Please make sure to read the labels in case of an ingredient change.

In addition to being quick & easy, here are some more cereal facts:

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.

If you are interested in trying out any of General Mills cereal, click here to grab $1 off coupon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 comments to Breakfast – The Most Important Meal of the Day

  • Tina Kalvelage

    I have another great easy-to-eat breakfast. I make a fittata on Sunday that we can eat through the week. Here's a recipe to get you going.

    Preheat the oven to 350 F.

    1/2 bag spinach, thawed, drained and excess moisture squeezed out.

    Beat 6 eggs, you can substitute egg whites, beaten.

    Add 1 cup cheese, crumbled or grated (low fat – I use chevre goat cheese)

    Add the spinach

    Oil an oven proof skillet and ingredients in it. Place in the oven for 20 minutes.

    OR you can oil a muffin tin, and pour into the individual cups lined with foil liners, and put into the oven and heat for 20 minutes till done.

    Will feed 2 people for 4-5 days, depending on how small you slice the pieces, or 2 people for 6 days if you use the muffin tins and half each portion. You can play around with it and see how much you will eat at one sitting and bake accordingly.

    You can fill the frittata with anything you want, this is just a starting point. Experiment, have fun! Let your kids help create their ideal frittata!

    Enjoy!

  • Kim

    Tina,

    That sounds awesome!! I love the muffin tin idea! :) Thanks for sharing.

    Kim

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