June 14, 2016

Better For You

This post is part of a compensated campaign with Acorn Influence and SAM's Club! but all my opinions are my own.

Everyone is trying to live their best life these days, or so it seems.  From the latest dietary trends {I'm looking at you Whole 30} to the latest workout craze {I see you Soul Cycle}, everyone is trying to do better, including me.

My health and fitness are a big priority not only for me but for my family as well.  I want to live as long as possible and I tell Kendall that daily.  I don't just want to live a long time though, I want to feel good the whole time I'm here on this earth.  I want to have the energy to run with my kids at the park.  I want my body to be capable of giving piggy back rides.  I want to go hiking as a family {when the kids are a little bit older}.  And it all starts now, while my kids are young, while I'm already in good health, and before it's too late.

The food we put into our bodies is the most important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  We've all heard the saying, "diet is 80%, exercise is only 20%".   It rings true for me because I never struggle to get my workouts in.  In fact, since starting 22 Minute Hard Corps I have been working out six days a week.  However I don't see results just from working out, no.  I have to be on top of my diet to see any sort of changes happen in my body and the way I feel.  If I slip up on my nutrition, even a little, it shows and I feel it.  Not only can I see and feel a difference when I eat junk, but I can also notice a difference in my kids when they do.

Lately my kids are on a major cereal kick. There have been days where they've eaten it for breakfast and then again for dinner and then again for their after dinner snack. Obsessed much?  If they had it their way they'd be full of the sweet, sugary, marshmallowy, brightly colored junk that catches their eye every time we walk down the cereal {or as James says, "cerball"} aisle.  We could spend hours in that aisle, I swear.

Cereal is one of those things that can get out of hand really quickly when we're talking about sugar content, holy cow!  That's where Ancient Grains Cheerios comes in. I am not a stickler when it comes to my kids food, by any means.  I don't care if they eat fast food here and there.  I allow them to have candy occasionally.  We don't eat 100% organic.  BUT I do like to keep them eating well and balanced for the most part/when I can.

Luckily my kids {and my husband} love Cheerios of all kinds so I was excited to try the new Ancient Grains formula. At only 5 grams of sugar and ancient grains like KAMUT wheat, spelt, and quinoa I feel confident that my kids are getting a ton of vitamins and minerals from quality ingredients before they start their day.

I love the Ancient Grains addition to this classic cereal, they give it a nice added flavor and crunch.  I added a little yogurt and fresh sliced strawberries to the kids plates and {I think} this was the perfect breakfast.  It kept them full for hours {moms of toddler/school-aged kids know that is nearly impossible} and I felt good knowing they had a healthy/rounded breakfast.

It's simple steps, like making sure you have a solid breakfast to start your day, that add up to big changes.  I am all about enjoying the foods we love {in moderation} but I also know how much better I feel when I eat food that's better for me.  I hope to instill that in my children as they grow up.  Because we eat well {most of the time} we can afford to splurge {like say on a funnel cake at the county fair} from time to time.

Do you have little cereal monsters on your hands?  What are some simple steps you take that make life better for you and your family?  Did you know you can now purchase Ancient Grains Cheerios exclusively at Sam's Club?

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