Are you aware of the recommended amount of calcium and vitamin D your child should geteach day? Better yet, did you know the American Academy of Pediatrics recently doubled the vitamin D recommendation for children? Approximately 75% of kids today don’t get the recommended levels of calcium and vitamin D — two key nutrients for bone growth. A great way to ensure your child gets the vitamin D they so desperately need is by feeding them breakfast cereal, which is a staple in my household, and I’m sure yours as well.
I can not express to you how excited my nine year-old was to receive General Mills Lucky Charms (with Hourglasses) breakfast cereal in the mail! After opening our package, I gave him the not-so-difficult task of tasting the cereal, then expressing his thoughts. After quickly consuming every last bite, and slurping up all the milk, his said, “I really like this cereal, the marshmallows are a really good idea.” I then told him that I, too, loved Lucky Charms cereal (and its yummy marshmallow charms) as a kid, and began pouring my own bowl.
Cereal is one of the most nutritious breakfast options a kid can eat. Most cereals have about 100 – 130 calories per serving and provide at least 10 key nutrients. And, ready-to-eat cereal is the number one source of whole grain in American diets. Around here, we not only eat cereal for breakfast, but as an after school or nighttime snack. Our grocery shopping usually consists of picking up 2-3 boxes of General Mills breakfast cereal, like Trix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Cocoa Puffs.
Overall, it feels great knowing that my son not only enjoys the taste of General Mills cereal, but is getting the nutritious vitamin D and calcium his body needs.
I would like to thank the Mom Bloggers Club and General Mills for letting us try out this great cereal! Please feel free to leave comments about your child’s favorite General Mills cereal, or something you learned while visiting the General Mills “Grow Up Strong” website!
Amy Bellgardt is a wife, mom, lifestyle & travel blogger, foodie, social media strategist, nerd, coffee drinker and founder of Mom Spark. Amy also manages Mom Spark Media, a social media marketing agency.