Choosing the Right Cereal for your Breakfast Club

Many Kids Eat Smart Clubs are serving up cereal for breakfast as it is quick, easy and a nutritious option to serve. Hot and cold cereals can be a good breakfast choice and adding some fresh fruit on top can make it all that more nutritious. In choosing cereal with fresh fruit and milk we are ensuring we are getting a variety of foods from three of the four food groups from Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.

When choosing cereal for your Breakfast Club look for cereals with low sugar and high fibre. So from a previous post Tackling the Nutrition Facts Table follow this simple rule when reading labels.

Read the % DV The % DV helps you see if a specific amount of food has a little or a lot of a nutrient. fact-fiche-choose-eng

**Rule of thumb: 5% DV or less is a little 15% DV or more is a lot.

Keep this rule in mind when walking down that endless aisle of breakfast cereals.

Here’s a quick list of healthy cereals that a Kids Eat Smart approved:

All Bran Flakes
General Mills Cheerios
General Mills Multi-Grain Cheerios
Kelloggs Mini Wheats
Oatmeal Crisp Almond
Post Honey Bunches of Oats
Post Shreddies
Post Shredded Wheat
Quaker Life
Special K Red Berries

If you have any questions regarding cereals and if they are Kids Eat Smart approved contact your Regional Kids Eat Smart Coordinator for more information. Check out our Website for contact info @ www.kidseatsmart.ca

Kristin Harris is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador.

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