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    The most important meal of the day

    2009 - 02.23

    It’s been a while since my last review and what better way for me to make my Grand Return than to talk about one of my favorite foods of all time?  Yep, I’m talking about breakfast cereal.

    Breakfast has always been one of my favorite meals, ever since I was a little girl.  I have vivid recollections of creeping downstairs on Saturday morning, before anyone else in the house was awake and watching cartoons all by myself.  My dad was usually up an hour or so later and he would always pour me a bowl of cereal.  I can also remember when my older brothers and sisters would come downstairs for breakfast on school days, I would eat cereal with each and every one of them in turn, keeping them company.  I can remember creating a “cereal box fortress” surrounding my bowl so I could examine the puzzles and pictures on the backs while I ate.  I can remember rooting through many a box in search of the infamous “free inside”.

    Ahh… memories.

    These are the sorts of feelings I want to pass down to my children.  And so far?  So good.  But my nine year old doesn’t have much patience for any cereal that doesn’t have a metric ton of sugar in it.  Which is why I’m grateful for General Mills and their “Grow Up Strong” campaign for children’s cereals.

    It’s so hard anymore to get kids to eat healthy. And when it comes to important vitamins and minerals like calcium and vitamin D, 75% of kids do not get the daily amount.  75%.  That’s HUGE.  Because without calcium and vitamin D, how can our children grow healthy bones?  The good news is that it’s easy to find these nutrients by looking for foods and drinks fortified with calcium and vitamin D.   And even better news is that all of General Mills’ Big G kid cereals offer a good source of both nutrients.

    Need more convincing?  A “recent report in a leading consumer magazine ranked kid cereals by nutritional content, and all nine General Mills Big G kid cereals included in the report were ranked in the top half.”  Not just that, but all Big G kid cereals have at least 8 grams of whole grains per serving which is a great start towards fullfilling the daily whole grain nutritional requirement.  And if it’s sugar you’re worried about, Big G kid cereals have 12 grams or less sugar in each serving.

    General Mills was kind enough to send us a box of their Lucky Charms to try out and enjoy and you would have thought itwas Christmas again at our house.  Lucky Charms just happens to be one of my nine year olds most favorite cereals.  Even my two year old has gotten in on the fun and it’s hard to find ANYTHING that child will willingly eat.  Not a problem with Lucky Charms, he gobbled that up right away.  What a peace of mind for me!  Because I know he’s getting nutrition at the same time he thinks he’s getting a treat.

    So thank you, General Mills, for giving me that peace of mind.  And thank you to the Mom Bloggers Club for hooking me up with this great review.    And remember, don’t forget to eat your breakfast!  It is the most important meal of the day, after all.