Embracing a Healthy Family: Post Cereals: Good, Wholesome and Yummy & a Chance to Win $25,000

Post Cereals: Good, Wholesome and Yummy & a Chance to Win $25,000


Since I've been blogging, it has opened the door to a lot of learning opportunities.  These learning opportunities mostly pertain to beauty and health and the more I learn, the more I want to read.  Everything connected to us is related to how well we eat and what we eat.  Doctors are increasingly jumping on board with the importance of eating healthy foods, steering clear of processed foods, additives and what Jillian Michaels' refers to as Frankenfoods.  I've wondered for some time about the broad range of pesticides and herbicides utilized to grow bigger crops along with the hormones and vaccines used in our animals.

One culprit of not so great food can be found in your breakfast cereals but I was happy to learn that a brand we routinely purchase is recognizing the benefits of healthier eating.  Post Cereals contain naturally-occurring whole grains, fiber and antioxidants.  If you are looking for the simple ingredient of wheat, just look to Post's Shredded Wheat.

I was provided five samples of ingredients found in cereals.   I was amazed at how different natural fiber looked over synthetic fiber.  The naturally occurring fiber is exactly that in it's true form and synthetic fiber, polydextrose and maltodextrose, are white, processed, flour-like products that take no form of wheat/grain.  There is a definite difference in texture, appearance and smell.  I also received this great DVD on how the cereal is made and how good it is for you.
Post's Shredded Wheat Honey Wheat is such a basic cereal and is made of whole grain wheat and other ingredients that I can actually pronounce and tastes great!  It's such a good way to start your day or even as a snack.  My two year old loves it!

I enjoyed learning more about Post Cereals and look forward to incorporating them more into our daily lives. Based on what I read on the Post site, not only is fiber good for you but it also states some research suggests those that consume a high fiber diet have lower body weights and I'm all for that!  More information on the nutritional value can be found here.

Post Foods is going to make life simpler for one lucky community with a $25,000 grant.  The Post Grant for Good Health Essay contest will be awarded to the winning entrant with the best health and wellness initiative idea fr their community.

Post Foods is working with the National Wellness Institute, Inc (NWI) a non-profit organization that provides research, support and certification for health and wellness professionals to launch the Post Grant for Good Health.

You can enter to win $25,000 in the Post Grant for Good Health here.  You have from now until May 17th to submit a 300 word essay.

You can also enter to win a family trip and compete to unlock a top secret prize here.


Here is a bonus recipe:

Crunchy Berry Parfait


INGREDIENTS

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries 1/2 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt 1/4 cup Grape-Nuts Cereal

DIRECTIONS

LAYER half each of the strawberries, yogurt and cereal in medium glass. REPEAT layers. SERVE immediately.

TIPS & SUGGESTIONS

Substitute: Substitute blueberries or raspberries for the sliced strawberries. Fun Idea: This colorful snack is so easy to make that the kids can assemble it themselves! Prepare it in the parfait glass as directed for a grown-up look, or make it in a colorful paper or plastic cup for an on-the-go snack. Substitute: Prepare as directed, using your favorite cereal, such as Post Selects Blueberry Morning, Cranberry Almond Crunch, Great Grains or Maple Pecan Crunch. Nutrition Bonus: Start your day with a nutrition winner! This low-fat, low-calorie parfait provides an excellent source of vitamin C from the strawberries, and is a good source of iron from the fortified Grape-Nuts.

This was really a good learning experience for my six year old who was very interesting in seeing the different samples of wheat and synthetic wheat along with the DVD.  She has all the makings of a future science project!  She didn't like it at first but as she's sitting next to me as I type, she's munching away!  Yeah .. I'll take that over chocolate in her little body any day!  Thanks, Post!


*Disclaimer:  I was provided a product sample in exchange for my review.  I was not financially compensated.

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