One of my favorite things about mornings is getting to sit around the breakfast table with Ben and Katie. I loves Ben's conversation and Katie's adorable attempts at conversation. Ben is self-employed, making it possible for us to have a nice breakfast together most every morning, and I hope it stays that way. I would love our children to grow up with many fond memories of a couple meals each day around the table with family. In addition to the good company is, of course, good food.
Ben and I both really enjoy breakfast foods, and our little Katie has really taken a liking to them as well. Eating a healthy breakfast is important to energize you for what you need to accomplish throughout the day. So, I make it a point to fix a healthy, filling, homemade breakfast for our little family pretty much every day. Some of our regular breakfast fare includes eggs scrambled with sausage and cream cheese, baked oatmeal, and whole wheat banana pancakes (and don't forget the real maple syrup!). We both enjoy breakfast cereal, but usually save it for the days when we get a late start or need to rush out. Since it's not the healthiest breakfast (though I do try to serve it with fresh milk and fruit), I only buy it when I can get it very inexpensively.
One common problem with cereals is the high amounts of sugar they contain, so when I found out General Mills had decided to cut back the sugar in their cereals marketed to children to below 10 grams per serving, I was pleased. While it doesn't necessarily make the cereals healthy, it is certainly a step in the right direction.
We recently had the opportunity to try out four boxes of General Mills cereals. We actually just opened up the fourth box of cereal this morning. It was tasty, and its ingredient list was much less offensive than some.I think cereal served with quality milk and fruit is certainly better than no breakfast at all, especially in light of the following:
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.What does your family do for breakfast?
Free cereal and information was provided by General Mills, through My Blog Spark.
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