Monday, January 23, 2012

Review and giveaway: Breakfast cereals from General Mills (Whole Grain First!)

We're big fans of cereal in this home. In my opinion, it's one of the most perfect things to eat, pretty much any time of day! And, since we eat so much cereal, I usually try to buy ones that have something to offer nutrition-wise.  So I was happy to get to participate in a review from MyBlogSpark- a review of General Mills cereals, all with more whole grain than any other ingredient! Here's some information about these products and the importance of whole grain:



According to Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of “The Doctors,” identifying whole grain products can be challenging. Shoppers can look for nutritional cues on the front of the box, but they need to read the ingredient list to know if they are getting enough whole grain. Ingredient lists detail ingredients in order of prevalence, and if the words “whole grain” are followed by a grain like wheat or oats, it means the food contains more whole grain than any other single ingredient. Here’s how to determine if your cereals have whole grain as a first ingredient:

With all the health messages facing grocery store shoppers, it can be confusing to translate what appears on food labels into nutritional needs, and hard to determine which foods have a meaningful amount of whole grain. Dr. Stork has some additional recommendations to help you include whole grain easily into your diet. They include:
  • Start Early! The Dietary Guidelines recommend people get at least 48 grams of whole grain in their daily diets. Get a jump-start on the day’s nutrition by incorporating whole grain into your morning routine. For instance, when choosing cereal make sure whole grain is listed as the first ingredient. One easy choice is cereal with the white check, which have more whole grain than any other single ingredient.
  • Make Simple Swaps. Choose whole grain versions of the foods you love. Great options include whole wheat pasta and whole wheat bread or even whole grain crackers. Also, try different types of whole grain. Use brown rice instead of white rice as a side dish at dinner or popcorn, which is a whole grain, for a snack.
  • Don’t Judge a Food by Its Cover. The front of food packages provide good nutritional cues, but don’t forget to read the ingredients and check the nutrition label and side labels for additional health information. Cereals with the white check even include the amount of whole grain per serving on packaging.

To help with choosing products with whole grain, General Mills developed “Fast Lane for Whole Grain,” an online educational game. Consumers can navigate virtual grocery store aisles and identify products that have whole grain as the first ingredient, with the option to enter a sweepstakes to win one of each of the 50 cereals with the white check.

Make a commitment to add more whole grain to your diet by simply pouring a bowl of cereal with the white check including Cheerios®, Lucky Charms®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, Honey Nut Cheerios® and Total®.

For more information on the importance of whole grain and a chance to enter the “Fast Lane for Whole Grain” sweepstakes, visit www.WholeGrainNation.com.
 My family has been eating Cheerios (regular and Honey Nut), Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Total- all with the white check on the box, and all delicious! I love this easy way of getting more whole grain into our diets.

And I have good news! One of you will win the same package I reviewed- one box each of Cheerios®, Lucky Charms®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, Honey Nut Cheerios® and Total® . Open to US mailing addresses only, please. Enter at the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Disclosure: The prize pack, information and giveaway have been provided by General Mills, through MyBlogSpark. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

42 comments:

Concord Christian First Grade said...

Am a fan of lucky charms!

Tabathia said...

cinnamon toast crunch

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Natalie A. said...

I love Cinnamon Toast Crunch! Thanks!

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Shannon said...

Cheerios!

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debbie said...

I like cheerios.

Heather! said...

Well, my brain loves Cheerios because I know they are good for me. And I do often eat them as a snack while watching a movie. But my heart--okay, really, my mouth!--says Cinnamon Toast Crunch! I could eat a whole box over the course of day...happily. :)

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BethElderton said...

Honey Nut Cheerios is my all time favorite cereal!
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CindyWindy2003 said...

favorite is honey nut cheerios, carawling(at)hotmail(dot)com

sweetpea08 said...

I love Lucky Charms!
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Christina said...

My favorite is Cheerios!

mrsshukra said...

Honey nut cheerios!

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

Lucky Charms :)

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Melissa said...

Cheerios!

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Michelle said...

My fav. is honey nut cheerios. Thanks for the chance to win!
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Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

My favorite is Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
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moushka said...

We always have Cherrios in our pantry, as it's our fave!

jakiesmom said...

we like reeses puffs
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Bethany said...

I like Honey Nut Cheerios.
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Katy said...

I like Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

Janet Vickers said...

Honey Nut Cheerios!

nmh001 said...

Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

Wendy Rozema said...

Cinnamon toast crunch is my favorite!

Elaine said...

honey nut cheerios!

hedgerhousehold said...

honey nut cheerios
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Jon and Brenda Brown said...

Lucky Charms.

Jaime said...

honey nut cheerios
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Nora Spaulding said...

honey nut cheerios- noraspaulding@gmail.com

Sara Wood said...

Honey nut cheerios.

price21100 said...

Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

agatewood1 said...

I like honey nut cheerios!!
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Geraldine Sandoval said...

All time favorite are the Honey Nut Cherrios
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eclairre said...

I like Honey Nut Cheerios.

Anne N. said...

My favorite is Cheerios!

Kerry said...

Honey Nut Cheerios

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BeautyToLove said...

Favorite: Honey Nut Cheerios

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Kathleen said...

Love my honey nut cheerios!

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1porkchop said...

cinnamon toast crunch

Giveaway Gal said...

I like honey nut cheerios.

Sara Wood said...

Lucky Charms

polly said...

love cheerios!
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Tylerpants said...

My fave is Lucky Charms! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

Allison Downes said...

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

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