Every day, you have an opportunity to give your kids a great start to their day. Yep, I’m talking about breakfast. Because mornings can be somewhat...chaotic, no matter how frenzied things get, you never want to skip that all-important first meal of the day. For one thing, breakfast fills kids with energy and helps them be productive and focused all day long.
Here are some of the other benefits of breakfast:
It’s easy to be confused by all the breakfast choices out there. One quick look at Pinterest can make even the most confident mom feel inadequate. But I have a suggestion—an old-school option from your own childhood that you might have overlooked: breakfast cereal.
Breakfast cereal has been around a long time. Cereal has been a staple food since the beginning of the agricultural age, and many of the grains used back then are the same ones farmers grow for our cereal now: corn, oats, rice, rye, wheat, and barley.
And here’s why cereal can be a wholesome, healthy choice for your family:
As a doctor who believes in the power of healthy living and good nutrition, I know people are paying more attention than ever before to what they’re eating. And that’s a great thing! But a concern about sugar is not a good enough reason to dismiss all the potential health benefits of breakfast cereal.
Reading labels carefully and controlling portions are two strategies that will help you make healthy choices when it comes to breakfast cereal. And you can feel reassured by a recent Stats Can study: when looking at overall dietary intake, sugar from breakfast cereals accounts for less than five per cent of the total sugar intake in our diets.
I’m always talking to people about the importance of breakfast. Personally, professionally, and as a mom, I love breakfast cereal—as I was writing this article, I checked my kitchen and, sure enough, I have no fewer than 12 boxes of cereal in my kitchen cupboard right now. I guess we can call that walking the walk!