A breakfast cereal is a food made from processed grains that is often, but not always, eaten with the first meal of the day. It is often eaten cold, usually mixed with milk or yogurt, and sometimes fruit, but may be eaten dry. Some companies promote their products for the health benefits from eating oat-based and high-fiber cereals. Cereals may be fortified with vitamins. Some cereals are made with high sugar content, with themes like Spider-Man, Disney Princesses, Barbie dolls, and SpongeBob, giving away free gifts like pull-back cars, Top Trumps cards and plastic bracelets, to popularise them with children. A healthy alternative to cereal would be Porridge, made by boiling oats with water or milk.
Five Fun Facts:
- Cereal was invented when colonial housewives started serving up popcorn with sugar and cream for breakfast.
- Of the more than 294 million people in the U.S, 49% start their day with a bowl of cereal.
- The word cereal comes from Cerealia, the name of ancient Roman ceremonies that honored Ceres, the goddess of grain.
- The average American eats 160 bowls of cereal each year.
- One bushel of wheat will make 53 boxes of cereal.
- Country Breakfast Cereal- warm and filling, the perfect start to your day.
- Maple-Nut Granola -Stop splashing out on store-bought granola; this version is easy, heart-healthy and oh-so delicious.
- Sweet Peanut Butter Cereal Bars- Cereal isn't just to be enjoyed with milk - eat this on the go!
- Cranberry-Almond Granola -Forget store-bought granola, making your own is simple. Be creative and add in any nuts or dried fruit you like.
- Cereal Snack Attack - Whoever knew that cereal could turn into such a great munching, candy treat. Cheerios go well with pretzels, peanuts and M&M's in this mix.
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Nutritional information per one cup of cheerios:
Fat: 2 g
Carbohydrates: 21 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 160 mg
Protein: 3 g
Sugars: 1 g