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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Giveaway: Fast Lane for Whole Grain - General Mills 5 Cereals Giveaway!



Ringing in the New Year often means new eating habits. We know whole grain is important to you, and the Dietary Guidelines recommend choosing products with a whole grain listed as the first ingredient. Now every cereal with the white check has more whole grain than any other single ingredient with the same great taste. You will see “whole grain” as a part of the first ingredient on the ingredient list, indicating that whole grain is the first and most prevalent ingredient.



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 www.WholeGrainNation.com.

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Would you like to try these whole grain cereals? One winner will win all 5 cereals! Here's how:

1. Like
Married with Two Boys on Facebook!

2. Like Support Table for Two on Facebook!

3. Follow Sojourner Marable Grimmett @sojournerruth on Twitter! Tweet about giveaway! You could say, "I entered a great 5 cereals giveaway on Sojourner's blog, Married with Two Boys. Enter here: http://bit.ly/ymzuKV"

4. In the comment section on this post (below), please answer one of the following questions:
  • With which of your favorite General Mills cereals with the white check will you kick start your morning this New Year?
  • - OR -
  • How has this information changed the way you read ingredient lists?
5. Please don't forget to leave your email address after your comment!

**** Enter as many times as you wish! Just one winner!****


***CLOSED*** Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark. Deadline will end on 2/3/2012 at 7 pm. This giveaway is for US residents only. Thank you!

27 comments:

  1. I like your page on FB. Serious Krystyn

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  2. I follow you on twitter. SeriousKrystyn
    reallyareyouserious at gmail dot com

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  3. Umm...no judging, but I sure like Lucky Charms:)
    reallyareyouserious at gmail dot com

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  4. busyworkingmama follows you on twitter
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  5. Cheerios is definitely on our grocery list. I look for healthy, low sugar options for breakfast. Thanks for the chance! aleksa91 hotmail com

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  6. I like your blog on FB
    julie@balancingmama.com

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  7. I like Support Table For Two on FB
    julie@balancingmama.com

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  8. I follow you on Twitter
    @balancingmama

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  9. Honey Nut Cheerios are my favorite! But now you have me craving some Lucky Charms.....

    julie@balancingmama.com

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  10. I always look for whole grains and no preservatives

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  11. Like Support Table for Two on Facebook already

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  12. follow and tweeted

    https://twitter.com/#!/mybusychildren/status/159462039193006080

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  13. I liked your page as well as Table For Two.
    Tweeted the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/#!/MommyTalkShow/status/159462250816606210
    We are a Cheerios family through and through.
    I miss Honey Nut Cheerios the most, but due to my son's nut allergy we stick with the traditional yellow box.
    Joyce @ MommyTalkShow.com

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  14. I have no children. I shouldnt even enter this contest but I have a THANG for Lucky Charms, Honey Nut Cheerios, and Cheerios with bananas. Vote for me.

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  15. I like Married with 2 boys on FB.
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  16. I like Support table for 2 on FB.
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  17. I would have to go with Lucky Charms! I've always liked it, and my boys do too. Now I can feel better about serving it to them!
    sammykjo@yahoo.com

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  18. Definitely have to support Married with Two Boys!! Got the FB and Twitter on lock :-) !
    My favorite cereal with the white check mark is Cinnamon Toast Crunch!! Having this information about reading the ingredient labels gives me another opportunity to make sure I am living a healthy lifestyle! amazinggrace20@gmail.com

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  19. I Like Married with Two Boys on Facebook!
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  20. I Like Support Table for Two on Facebook!
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  21. I follow on twitter, and tweeted, https://twitter.com/#!/angiewattie/status/160908499411402753
    angiewattie@yahoo.com

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  22. Since my daughter was a toddler to now (she's 6) she has loved cheerios (plain). she tries other cereals but that is by far her favorite, even from all those sugary, colorful ones.
    angiewattie@yahoo.com

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  23. I liked Married with Two Boys on Facebook (that's me!)

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  24. Like Support Table For Two on FB!

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  25. My kids would always say Lucky Charms but I love Honey Nut Cheerios.

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  26. Follow you on Twitter @ tweeted!

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