LIVING  TO  THRIVE AND LEARNING TO STRIVE.

Master Personal Trainer                         

BREAKFAST:

SERIAL CEREAL EATERS
// FIBER.   WHOLE GRAINS.  LOW SUGAR. 

Most of you know that I am not the biggest fan of cereal, BUT this summer I had a minor dalliance with "Cascadian Farms Organic O's" served with sliced banana, almond milk and a tablespoon of flax.  Let's just say I spent 10 whole days in serial cereal bliss.  Every crunchy bite reminded me that sometimes substance beats out the best made protein shake no matter what you put in it.


Why I am generally not a fan of cereal?


The cereal aisle is a smorgasbord of fruity, chocolate, dig em, sugar smacks that will jack you up, while simultaneously adding layers of girth around your middle. 


Most people don't pay attention to the serving size and end up eating roughly 16-30 grams of sugar (the equivalent of a snickers bar) first thing in the morning and that number does not even reflect the addition of whatever milk product you are using.


What to look for on your cereal box:


The goal is to find a cereal that is deliciously low in sugar loaded with fiber and whole grains, but without any trans or saturated fat.


Choose cereals with:

  • at least 5 grams of fiber per serving
  • less than 5 grams of sugar
  • at least 3 grams of protein
  • no hydrogenated oils, artificial dyes or colors, and chemical preservatives as ingredients


Add:


  • sliced bananas, frozen blueberries or fresh sliced strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of chia, hemp or flax seeds for healthy fat and protein


I am also a fan of Food for Life Cereals.  They have very little sugar.

To the left you will find a condensed list of cereals that are healthy for you from the greatist.