“What’s for breakfast?” It’s the second most-loathed question of parents — after the cringe-worthy “What’s for dinner?,” of course. When it comes to that all-important first meal of the day, tweens and teens are hard to please and toddlers can’t sit still long enough to finish a meal. In theory, you’d love to cater to everyone’s palate and cravings. In reality, not everyone has the time, patience or desire to whip up a gourmet meal before 9am. Luckily there’s a simple solution: Nutritious and delicious bowls of cereal for everyone.
Cereal gets a bad rap for its sugar content and carb loading first thing in the morning, but not all cereals are created equally. Some brands have found a formulaic happy medium that combines great taste with quality, body-nourishing ingredients such as essential vitamins and minerals. And because we know parenting doesn’t leave you a ton of spare time to dissect ingredient labels, we’ve rounded up some of the best and most classic cereals to serve your family.
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1. General Mills Lucky Charms
If for some strange reason your parents never fed you this magical cereal as a kid, trust us: This popular cereal will have your little ones spellbound at the breakfast table. One serving is ¾ of a cup and yields 11 grams of whole grains for a well rounded, gluten-free breakfast or mid afternoon snack. But the best part of this cereal isn’t the crunchy oat pieces: Each bowl you pour is packed with delicious marshmallows shaped like hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, blue moons, unicorns, rainbows and tasty red balloons. In short: this is is one of few cereals that can persuade your child to sit still long enough to actually eat breakfast, so it has to be magic, right?
2. Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Cereal
What makes this nostalgic cereal so great? So glad you asked. In just one cup of flaky goodness, Tony the Tiger serves up eight vitamins and minerals, a ton of crunch and a sprinkle of sugar to start mornings off on a sweet note. Plus, aside from its satisfying taste and texture, by buying a box of these tasty flakes, you could make a contribution to Mission Tiger, the brand’s initiative to help support sports programs in schools. Upload your receipt to the website and $1 will be donated to the cause.
3. General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios
For a classic cereal option that’s bound to hit you with all the nostalgic feels, it doesn’t get much better than a bowl of these honey treats. The brand’s original flavor hits the spot every time, but kids and parents alike appreciate a little sweetness from time to time, which makes this cereal an even better choice. Made with whole grain oats, real honey and a natural almond flavor, each serving nourishes your kiddos with 12 essential vitamins and minerals, including iron and calcium, plus three grams of soluble fiber.