National Cereal Day

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National Cereal Day History

National Cereal Day commemorates the crucial place that breakfast cereal has in dietary culture. Its purpose is to honor the extensive variety and convenience of cereals and their nutritional contribution to daily health.

While the origins of National Cereal Day are not well-documented, it is generally considered to be inspired by the advent of breakfast cereal, a concept developed in 19th century America. In 1863, Dr. James Caleb Jackson, a nutritionist and reformer, conceived a breakfast dish, later recognized as the earliest form of cold breakfast cereal - a novelty in an era accustomed to heavy breakfast meats.

The day is typically observed with fervor by cereal manufacturers, retailers, nutritionists, culinary enthusiasts, and consumers. It encourages celebration through social media sharing, cereal-themed events, innovative recipe creations and nutritional discussions promoting the importance of breakfast as the first meal of the day. Mark your calendar, because National Cereal Day is celebrated every year on the 7th of March.

Facts about National Cereal Day

  • According to Amazon, the most popular cereals in 2023 were:
    1) Cap’N Crunch
    2) Chex
    3) Fruity Pebbles
    4) Froot Loops
    5) Frosted Mini Wheats
  • According to the Spoon University, Healthy cereal shouldn’t have more than 10 grams of sugar, but the average box of cereal contains 19.8 grams of sugar for one serving.
  • Whole grain cereals have many health benefits. Typical wholegrain cereals like cheerios or cinnamon toast crunch are high in fiber and are a good source of carbohydrates and protein. They also contain vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, and zinc.
  • As of 2021, over 2.7 billion boxes of cereal are sold every year in the US, enough to stretch to the moon and back.

Top things to do for National Cereal Day

  • Enjoy your favorite cereal. Cereal is a snack that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
  • Cut up some fruits or grab some nuts and add it into your cereal. We find bananas to be a great addition to cereal.
  • Box Tops for Education is a charity organization that donates to schools based on products bought in stores. They first appeared in 1996 on cereal boxes such as Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and Total. By clipping off the label, families and students could earn money for their schools. The practice still continues today though the process is digital. Continue the tradition by donating to an organization that has gone strong for over 2 decades and that has helped raise $934 million for schools.

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