Yesterday, Sunday March 7th, was not only my dear husband's 31st Birthday, but it was also National Cereal Day! Those of you who know me well know that I absolutely LOVE cereal.....love it so much that I could eat it for any/every meal, and I've also eaten my daily breakfast cereal out of the same special blue bowl almost everyday for about the last 10 years (no joke!)
Supposedly this holiday is intended to commemorate the anniversary of the invention of corn flakes by William and John Kellogg in 1897. The product was labeled 'Sanitas Toasted Corn Flakes' and was introduced at their Battle Creek Sanitarium around this time (most likely in 1898), there is no verification to the exact significance of March 7.
And cereal is not just a tasty treat you can savor every morning, it is also good nutrition too (well, certain varieties that is....). A recent study demonstrated that children who eat cereal at least every other day skip fewer breakfasts than those who eat cereal less often. And, when they regularly eat cereal, studies show that children have better nutrient intakes compared to those who eat cereal less often. Frequent cereal eaters have higher intakes of calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C and B vitamins.
Similarly, adults who eat cereal at least every other day have higher intakes of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and lower intakes of fat, percent of calories from fat, and cholesterol.
Happy cereal eating! Below are some of my current faves.... : )