As much as I would love to say that I cook Angeline breakfast every morning, I have found that it’s just not possible! As a mom to a high schooler, I find healthy shortcuts where I can – because having to leave the house by 6:50 doesn’t leave a lot of room for cooking!
When I was given the opportunity to experience the Kellogg’s Start Simple, Start Right campaign by trying out a variety of Kellogg’s cereals and share my findings with you, I jumped at the chance. Honestly? We are already eating most of these cereals anyway!
I received one box of each of the following:
- Kellogg’s Raisin Bran – this is actually my favorite healthy breakfast because I love raisins!
- Kellogg’s All Bran – I’ve never tried this before!
- Kellogg’s Corn Flakes – already a family favorite – we love to add bananas!
- Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Original – who doesn’t love Rice Krispies?!
- Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Gluten Free – I’ve never tried a gluten free product before!
Our goal was to try to eat each of the cereals before taking Angeline to school in the morning (at 6:50 am, did I mention that ungodly hour yet?!). We figured cereal would be super easy, just pour a bowl and go! Now, we normally eat something premade or just drink iced coffee in the morning, and we eat tons of cereal on the weekends (but not the very healthy kind). This would take some adjusting to, but I was ready!
Angeline normally gets up at 6:00 am to start getting ready for school. She showers the night before so she has plenty of time for primping and getting her school stuff together before we run out the door. She wakes me up around 6:45 if I am not already up – which I usually am. Between hearing my husband’s alarm go off at 5:30 and him getting ready for work and my daughter running around the house at 6 am, plus the dogs wanting to be let out…I am usually up by 6:30 anyway.
I made a conscious effort to get out of bed at 6:30 each morning no matter what and poured us each a bowl of cereal. I preferred the Kellogg’s Raisin Bran and Angeline preferred the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies. Since the first thing I usually do when I get up is check my email and start looking at blog post ideas, I usually bring my laptop to the table with me while Angeline and I are chatting.
I have to tell you, I felt a lot better about pouring Angeline a bowl of Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes than I usually do pouring the sugary cereals that we usually have in the house…while some of those cereals are made from whole grains, the other ingredients that aren’t very healthy make me feel guilty. As I am finding out more and more about the effect that certain ingredients have on the human body, I have tried to make healthier choices for my family.
Because I do all of the grocery shopping for our household, I have complete control over what we eat at home. I want to continue with this trend and add more healthier foods into our diets – and part of that means that I have to read labels and do research. I love looking at a box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and understanding how to pronounce each ingredient on the label!
What are the ingredients in Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal?
Rice, sugar, a little malt and salt.
When I look at the ingredients of some of the other, more sugary cereals that we are finishing up…they are nowhere near as simple or wholesome. It’s a little scary to see the difference between the two options. Sure, I think it’s fine to indulge in that other sugary stuff once in a while, but it got to the point where that’s all we bought – for years. I’m a little ashamed of that.
You can watch a video about the Seed to Spoon approach that Kellogg’s takes in making their cereals:
Check out this nice Kellogg’s Seed to Spoon infographic – I think it really says it all!
You can find out more information about these breakfast options on the Kellogg’s Start Simple, Start Right website.
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kellogg’s. I received sample products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.