Hands down, my favorite meal of the day is breakfast. I am a cerealaholic. I love cereal and I would enjoy eating it for every meal even though I don’t. The problem with cereal is that there are so many horrible options available. Options that include refined grains and loads of sugar. As a college student I am going to make an assumption, that you eat a lot of cereal. So how do you know if your cereal choice was a good one? Make sure your cereal includes the following
1. Whole grains. A healthy cereal will have little or no refined grains or the first two ingredients should be whole grain, bran, fruit or soy.
2. Calories. Choose a cereal that has no more the 250 calories per cup.
3. Fiber. Choose a cereal that has at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. But 5 grams of fiber would be even better.
4. Limit sugar. Less is better on the added sugar, though it is difficult to monitor because nutrition labels do not distinguish between naturally occurring sugar in fruit or added sugar like evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup or high fructose corn syrup.
Here is a list of my favorite cereals:
1. Barbara’s Multigrain Spoonfuls
- 1st ingredient : Whole Oat Flour (with added Oat Bran),
- 120 calories per serving (3/4 cup)
- 4 grams of fiber per serving
- 5 grams of sugar, <25% of sugar per serving
2. Raisin Bran
- 1st and 2nd ingredient: Whole grain wheat, raisins
- 190 calories per serving (1 cup)
- 7 grams of fiber per serving
- 18 gram of sugar- most of the sugar is naturally occurring from the raisins
3. Toasted Oatmeal Flakes (Trader Joes) - one of my favorites. This cereal is a bit high in sugar so a special occasion option.
- 1st and 2nd Ingredient: Whole grain rolled oats, whole grain wheat
- 110 calories per serving
- 3 grams of fiber per serving
- 7 grams of sugar per servings, just at 25% sugar per serving
What's your favorite cereal?