Breakfast Bites Are Climbing The Food Pyramid One Macronutrient At A Time

Danielle Lee Breakfast Bites, FCE, National Breakfast Program, Students

Cereal is the most popular breakfast option among children. It is a quick and easy way for students to get the nutrients they need to start their day. But why are children consuming the day’s necessary sugar intake before school even starts?

On average, children’s cereals have 40 percent more sugars than adult cereals and twice the sugar of oatmeal. Studies show that 92 percent of cold cereals in the U.S. come preloaded with added sugars, therefore if a child eats one serving per day of a children’s cereal containing the average amount of sugar, they would consume nearly 1,000 teaspoons of sugar in a year.

Although SNAP programs and food pantries are working to reduce food insecurity, studies show that low-income families who rely on food stamps like SNAP, approximately 42 million people recorded in May 2017, consume more calories and sugars than those who are not on food stamps.

It is difficult to purchase and eat healthier food with a limited budget when food stamp programs are geared towards cheaper food options which are not as nutrient rich.

What if there was a cereal that could give children a quick, easy, and nutritious breakfast with all natural ingredients and no added sugars? What if there was a cereal that could also be eaten as hot oatmeal made with crispy puffed brown rice, Scottish oats, real apples, and nutmeg?

Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE) has launched an innovative breakfast line that checks everything off the list.

Breakfast Bites: Apple Pie Oats is the healthier option and the ingredients help you feel full for longer periods of time without the high sugar content from cereals like Fruity Pebbles or Frosted Wheaties,” said Maria Fernandez, strategy director at Feeding Children Everywhere.

Breakfast Bites not only pass the taste test, but it is packed with the right nutrition that children need to start their day.

Our crispy puffed brown rice is a great source of dietary fiber, contains very little fat, no sodium, or cholesterol and very few calories. It is an excellent source of the mineral manganese, which is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and protein and essential for a healthy nervous system.

An ingredient that is especially important when students are in an academic environment is Scottish Oats. This versatile grain can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer, and is also a great source of iron which aids in maintaining energy levels.

But what is breakfast without fruit? Apples are one of the healthiest foods a person can eat by providing vitamin B and C, and it is high in fiber and antioxidants. More importantly, younger students should consume ingredients that strengthen cognitive brain function, improves blood circulation and soothes digestion. That is why the popular spice, nutmeg, is the last ingredient included in the breakfast meal.

“Children’s cereals give students a 20 minute to an hour sugar-rush when they really need something low in sugar content that can keep them full and focused until the next meal,” said Fernandez.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find a healthy and easy-to-make breakfast option for students who are rushing to get to school or to their free breakfast program on-time. Breakfast Bites: Apple Pie Oats are addressing the root causes of hunger and helping to break the cycle of generational poverty by providing a nutritional option for children and families in need.

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