If left to their own choices, my kids would choose a sugary cereal every day of the week- and eat without a drop of milk in the bowl. I know this because they try to get away with it often. And I also know that the real culprit lies with me… because they wouldn’t have access to the cereal I don’t approve of…. if I wasn’t the one buying it and stocking it in our pantry! I’ve tried to get them to understand that certain cereals are kind of like “dessert cereals”- that it is okay for them to enjoy them once in awhile, but that they are not for every day. And that works for a week or two- and then next thing I know, they are pouring that stuff into their cereal bowl every single day, hoping that I don’t notice. It’s time to establish some better breakfast habits…
So lately I have been on a mission to find some cereal that is better for them nutritionally- and yet still tastes to them like a “dessert cereal”. Win-win, right?
This week my family tried Post’s new Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch- and I must admit at first most of them were pretty skeptical. First of all- as much as they all love yogurt- none of them likes greek yogurt… so that along made it a bit of a “sell job” on my part to get them to see past the box and give it a try….
And what drew me to the cereal in the first place is that it is packed with whole grains…. (another thing that I am consciously working towards increasing in our family’s diet)… 33 grams in a single serving (and nutritionists recommend eating 48 grams per day- so this puts us well on our way!)….
And my kids were pleasantly surprised to find out that something that is good for you can taste good too! (tricked them, didn’t I?). Paired with a fruit smoothie- this is a breakfast that I feel good about serving before sending them for a day at school.
Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and Honey Bunches of Oats partnered in support of this campaign. Honey Bunches of Oats compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.