Most people probably don’t know that the United States is one of the only countries in the world that does not fund its Olympic team save its Paralympic team. I didn’t realize that either until I interviewed swimming legend Summer Sanders this week. Sanders, who won an impressive four medals in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games including two golds, is a member of recently announced Team Kellogg's, a team of seven current and former Olympic athletes who will share how a healthy breakfast helps them reach high levels of success. Kellogg’s is an official sponsor of the US Olympic Committee.
At the height of Sanders' swimming career breakfast was a critical part of her day. “Breakfast was and still is the most important meal of the day for me,” said Sanders. “If I didn’t have a good, solid breakfast I would not have been able to reach my goals.”
Today as a busy mom of two (ages 3 and 5), TV correspondent, and spokesperson Sanders has to think about breakfast for her family as well as for herself. “For me it’s not hard to get breakfast on the table for my kids,” Sanders added. “Breakfast is the easiest meal to prepare. My kids could eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”
Like most moms Sanders makes breakfast fun for her children. She allows them to mix cereals admitting that her pantry has 15 boxes of cereal in it because she’s a longtime cereal combiner. She also takes advantage of the seasons by adding fruit to her children’s cereal like strawberries and blueberries. I instantly connected with Sanders when she said her children don’t like the squishy blueberries and pick those out. I think all moms have endured the squishy blueberry dilemma with their kids. I know I have.
As easy as it is to get breakfast on the table for children sometimes as busy moms it’s far harder to ensure we have a healthy breakfast to start our mornings like our kids. A fan of Cracklin' Oat Bran Sanders said she always starts her day with a really good breakfast. “Nutritious cereals are fantastic go-tos,” Sanders added.
With her busy schedule Sanders routinely pours cereal into a coffee mug and carries it around with her to ensure she eats a nutritious breakfast using it is an effective way to eat along with her kids when she is busy starting her morning. “I think breakfast is the new dinner,” Sanders said. “If you’re eating with your kids, you’re a part of their routine. All of a sudden conversations start.”
With the 2012 Olympic Games in London just around the corner Kellogg’s recently announced its continued commitment to the US Olympic team through the 2016 Olympics. Every time we buy a box of Kellogg’s cereal we are ultimately helping athletes live their Olympic dream.
“It is a privilege to be a part of Team Kellogg's," Sanders concluded.
Catch up with all of the Team Kellogg's information on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Kelloggs. You can read more about Summer Sanders at www.summersanders.net and follow her on Twitter at @SummerSanders_.