Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Whole Grain First Ingredient - #Giveaway #MyBlogSpark

What is the first ingredient in your cereal?

Go ahead and look. I'll wait.

Does it say whole grain? Don't you think it should?

General Mills is making it easier for Moms like me to find a healthier cereal by placing a white check on boxes of their family favorite cereals. The check means there is more whole grain in that cereal than any other ingredient.

I still recommend you read the entire ingredient list for you cereals on shopping day, but the white check will give you a place to start.

My children have a very restricted diet, but one of the options I give them is General Mills' cereals like Cheerios or Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

They love the taste and I am happy that they start the day with whole grains. So, how do you look for whole grains in your cereal? Well, look for the white check!
Dr. Travis Stork, from "The Doctors", has some other ideas for adding whole grain into your diet.

  • 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.
 General Mills developed “Fast Lane for Whole Grain,” an online educational game to help consumers choose products with whole grain.  Navigate a virtual grocery store aisles and identify products that have whole grain as the first ingredient, and even 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®

Enter the “Fast Lane for Whole Grain” sweepstakes at  visitwww.WholeGrainNation.com.

Giveaway Time!

One reader will win a prize package containing 5 boxes of General Mills Cereal with the white check. Just enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
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*Disclaimer - The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark. All opinions are my own.

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