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Get the Skinny: 3 Easy Ways to Upgrade your Kids’ Breakfast and Snacks


Blueberry waffles, Cheerios, and yogurt may seem like wholesome additions to breakfast and snacks, but the reality is that many of these seemingly healthy foods are loaded with added sugar, and the only real fruit or whole grain just might be on the picture on the box! Today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on 3 easy ways to upgrade these breakfast and snack favorites for kids and adults alike.



Instead of Eggo Blueberry Waffles (white flour, sugar, and no real blueberries)

  • Per 2 waffles: 180 calories, 29 grams carbs, <1 gram fiber, 6 grams sugar, 4 grams protein
  • Ingredients: enriched (white) flour, dextrose, eggs, sugar… blue #2, red #40

Switch to Kashi Blueberry Waffles: 6x fiber, 50% less sugar, and made with REAL blueberries

  • Per 2 waffles: 150 calories, 25 grams carbs, 6 grams fiber, 3 grams sugar, 4 grams protein


  • Ingredients: Whole wheat flour, blueberries, Kashi 7-grain whole grain flour (whole: oats, hard red wheat, brown rice, triticale, barley, buckwheat), oat fiber, canola oil, cracked grain flour (rye meal, wheat brand, whole wheat flour, barley flakes, steel cut oats, oats, corn meal, millet, rice flour), evaporated cane juice.



Instead of Honey Nut Cheerios

  • Per ¾ cup: 110 calories – 22 grams carbs – 2 grams fiber – 9 grams sugar – 2 grams protein
  • Ingredients: Whole grain oats, sugar, oat bran, corn starch, honey, brown sugar, oil, salt…

Switch to Barbara’s Puffins: More than 2x fiber and nearly 50% less sugar

  • Per ¾ cup: 90 calories – 23 grams carbs – 5 grams fiber – 5 grams sugar 2 grams protein
  • Ingredients: Non-GMO corn flour and corn bran, evaporated cane sugar, whole oat flour, molasses…



Instead of Yoplait Go-Gurt

  • Per tube: 60 calories, 12 grams carbs, 9 grams sugar, 2 grams protein
  • Ingredients: cultured milk, sugar, & cornstarch. Less than 2% gelatin, tricalcium phosphate, fruit or vegetable juices for color, carageenan…

Switch to Bolthouse Farms’ Kids Fruit Tube in “Blueberry Meets Raspberry”:

  • No added sugar & no carageenan, plus made with REAL fruit + probiotic-rich Greek yogurt
  • Per tube: 40 calories, 8 grams carbs, 6 grams sugar, 2 grams protein
  • Ingredients: White grape fruit juice, plain nonfat Greek yogurt, strawberry puree, blueberry puree, blackberry puree, corn starch, raspberry puree