Why Kellogg’s Origins Ancient Grains is the Perfect Pregnancy (and Toddler) Snack

November 10, 2015

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and Kelloggs Origins™ . All opinions are my own.

I love breakfast.

Cereal and granola have been my go-to breakfast and snacks for the first trimester of my current pregnancy because it helps sooth my tummy in the mornings and mostly because I have been craving carbs and energy! However, I am very picky with the brand of cereal that I choose and what foods go into my body during pregnany. I only want to eat what is best for me and my baby-to-be.

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I recently discovered the new Kelloggs Origins™ line through Vocalpoint and I immediately fell in love with their Ancient Grains Granola and Ancient Grains Blend Cereal. The line is made with real, simple ingredients that I would certainly trust to feed my family- without thinking twice about it.

Best of all? There are zero artificial sweeteners, zero artificial flavors, no hydrogenated oils, it is super easy to find, and it is very afforable. This makes Kelloggs Origins™ the perfect snack for your entire family!

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Each morning, I like to start off with a bowl of the Kelloggs Origins™ Ancient Grains Blend in the Touch of Honey flavor, paired with almond milk. Some of the basic ingredients listed in this cereal are wheat, brown rice, barley, spelt, and quinoa. One serving offers 110 calories!

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Being a busy mom and always on the go, I decided to get a little creative with my cereal and I created cereal bars to take with me to the gym or shopping trips. Here is my recipe below:

Kelloggs Origins™ Ancient Grains Cereal Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Kelloggs Origins™ Ancient Grains Cereal in Touch of Honey flavor
  • 1/2 cup honey, warmed
  • 1 cup peanut butter (or another nut butter), melted
  • 2 tbsp Marshmellow Creme, melted (optional-adds fluffiness)
  • 1 tsp butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Mixture will be super chunky, but should stick together.
  3. In a greased pan or a wax paper lined baking pan, mash the mixture (using your hands) firmly down into the pan.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes and let cool.
  5. Slice and serve.

When my pregnancy cravings strike, I always make a bowl of Greek yogurt topped with Kelloggs Origins™  Ancient Grains Granola. I am crazy over the Raisin Apple flavor! Some of the ingredients listed are oats, barley, wheat, spelt, rye, and fruit. I like to add a little raw honey drizzle on top to perfect this healthy snack.

The granola is also a great source of fiber, having 5 grams per serving, which pregnant ladies need lots of since the American Pregnancy Association recommends that pregnant women eat 25 to 30 grams of dietary fiber each day.

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It isn’t just me and my unborn baby who are benefiting from these real ingredients- my son loves to snack on the granola, too! I will usually make a little trail mix for him using the granola, dried fruit, cacao chips, and nuts to take with him to daycare.

By now, he always goes to our pantry and pulls out the Kelloggs bag of granola without me asking! Pssst… did you know that barely is a fantastic source of fiber? It is wonderful for toddlers in aiding and preventing constipation!

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Now, here is a chance for 10 of you to win your very own #KelloggsOrigins kit! To enter to win, all you must do is follow the directions per entry on the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Good luck to all of you and be sure to check out the new Kelloggs Origins™ line at a supermarket near you!

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