We all know that kids love sweets. But they really shouldn’t be eating them at breakfast. For those with picky eaters, it might be difficult to get your kids eating a bit healthier, but it can be done. Sure, an occasional doughnut, or a family breakfast with pancakes is ok, but these should be “treats” and not the norm.
This is especially true when it comes to breakfast cereals. The most popular brands are loaded with sugar. How much, you ask? According to a recent study, at least 47 popular children’s cereals pack more sugar in a cup than 1-1/2 Twinkies or 3 Chips Ahoy cookies!
Put another way, the worst offender, Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, contains 56% sugar by weight! A close runner up is Post Golden Crisp which contains 52% sugar by weight. (As a side note, those of you who grew up in the 1950s and 60s will remember that these cereals used to be called Kellogg’s Sugar Smacks and Post Sugar Crisp. The names were changed later to take the focus off the sugar!). Rounding out the top 10 are:
#3: Kellogg’s Fruit Loops Marshmallow
#4: Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch All Berries
#5: Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original
#6: Quaker Oats Oh!s
#7: Kellogg’s Smorz
#8: Kellogg’s Apple Jacks
#9: Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch with Crunch Berries
#10: Kellogg’s Froot Loops
There is hope though. You don’t have to go totally organic for your kids to eat better. Instead of getting rid of breakfast cereal all together, how about just switching to a healthier alternative. Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats contain a lot more fiber and a lot less sugar – and they taste great. Even better, because they are bite-sized, your kids can eat them with their fingers. Other good alternatives are General Mills Cheerios (which now comes in a variety of “flavors” – but the original is best), and General Mills Kix (I used to love these when I was a kid, and they’ve barely changed).
The best way to choose breakfast cereals is to look for cereals with a short ingredient list, lots of fiber, and little sugar added. Here’s a trick – most healthier cereals are placed on the grocery store shelf at or above eye level, because they mainly appeal to adults. Just by picking something off the top these higher shelves will likely get you a cereal that is healthier than the more popular, and more sugary, cereals.
To learn more about how to get your kids to eat healthy, check out our FREE ebook, Do You Wish Your Kid’s Ate Better? It’s available on our website.
Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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