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General Mills Whole Grain Cereal Review and Giveaway - #BlogPop and #MyBlogSpark Ends 02-06-12

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Is your family crazy about cereal?  My whole family is crazy for their cereal in the morning.  Do you get enough whole grain?  General Mills is getting whole grain as the first ingredients in their cereals!  We all know how important it is to get your grain each day.  You will see a white check mark on the General Mills Cereal box that has the Whole Grain labeled as the first ingredient.  For this review I received one box of Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Total, Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  I think my favorite would be the Honey Nut Cheerios, but all of these cereals are delicious and the best part of all is that they all have whole grain in them!

About Whole Grain

According to Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of “The Doctors,”
identifying whole grain products can be challenging.  Shoppers can look for nutritional cues on the front of the box, but they need to read the ingredient list to know if they are getting enough whole grain.  Ingredient lists detail ingredients in order of prevalence, and if the words “whole grain” are followed by a grain like wheat or oats, it means the food contains more whole grain than any other single ingredient.  Here’s how to determine if your cereals have whole grain as a first ingredient:

With all the health messages facing grocery store shoppers, it can be confusing to translate what appears on food labels into nutritional needs, and hard to determine which foods have a meaningful amount of whole grain.  Dr. Stork has some additional recommendations to help you include whole grain easily into your diet. They include:
  • Start Early! The Dietary Guidelines recommend people get at least 48 grams of whole grain in their daily diets.  Get a jump-start on the day’s nutrition by incorporating whole grain into your morning routine.  For instance, when choosing cereal make sure whole grain is listed as the first ingredient.  One easy choice is cereal with the white check, which have more whole grain than any other single ingredient.
  • Make Simple Swaps. Choose whole grain versions of the foods you love.  Great options include whole wheat pasta and whole wheat bread or even whole grain crackers.  Also, try different types of whole grain.  Use brown rice instead of white rice as a side dish at dinner or popcorn, which is a whole grain, for a snack.
  • Don’t Judge a Food by Its Cover. The front of food packages provide good nutritional cues, but don’t forget to read the ingredients and check the nutrition label and side labels for additional health information.  Cereals with the white check even include the amount of whole grain per serving on packaging.
To help with choosing products with whole grain, General Mills developed “Fast Lane for Whole Grain,” an online educational game.  Consumers can navigate virtual grocery store aisles and identify products that have whole grain as the first ingredient, with the option to enter a sweepstakes to win one of each of the 50 cereals with the white check.

Make a commitment to add more whole grain to your diet by simply pouring a bowl of cereal with the white check including Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios and Total.

For more information on the importance of whole grain and a chance to enter the “Fast Lane for Whole Grain” sweepstakes, visit


cheerios logo A family favorite for decades – and with good reason.
Made with whole grain, Cheerios is the only ready-to-eat cereal clinically proven to lower cholesterol when eaten as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.  For kids, teens and adults, the wholesome goodness of Cheerios is ideal as a nutritious breakfast or snack.


The U.S. had corn flakes,was eating its Wheaties, but there was no oat-based ready-to-eat cereal until Cheerios – or more accurately Cheerioats, the original name – came along in 1941.


total cereal logoJump-start your day with delicious taste that packs a nutrient punch.
With Total, you get 100 percent of the Daily Value of 12 essential vitamins and minerals, including the antioxidant vitamins C and E.
You can add even more to your breakfast with Total Plus Omega-3s, which contains all the nutrition of Total providing a good source of Omega-3s –and a delicious honey, almond crunch.

A groundbreaker in

Total was the benchmark for healthy cereal when it debuted in 1961 as an advance in vitamin fortification.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

cinnamon toast crunch logoOne look at the cinnamon swirls and you know that Cinnamon Toast Crunch is for everyone who is a kid at heart.
In an adult world, eat a cereal that was made for kids.


Introduced in 1984, Cinnamon Toast Crunch is fortified with vitamins and minerals, and is considered to be a good source of calcium.

Lucky Charms

The kids’ brand with adult appeal for more than four decades. 
Magically delicious Lucky Charms cereal features frosted oats and colored marshmallows.
Made with whole grain, Lucky Charms is fortified with 12 vitamins and minerals, and is a good source of calcium.

Lucky debuts
In 1964, the Lucky Charms Leprechaun began urging moms, “laddies” and “lassies” to buy Lucky Charms, a “most exciting cereal.”

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A product sample was received for review. The Frosted Toast Crunch Prize Pack, product and information have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark. I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting. The opinions expressed are my own and were NOT influenced in any way.

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Gloria Walshver said... Best Blogger Tips

I enjoy eating healthy cereals.

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twitted this to enter the giveaway

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Thanks for the great contest!

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