Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Choosing the Right Kind of Cereal

If a bowl of cereal is your daily breakfast routine, you must know how to choose the right kind.

What to look for:

1) you may think that a cereal is good for you if it's low in calories. Wrong. Sugar can be the main ingredient. It's typically low in calories so it will show a lower calorie count per serving, but eventually that sugar will turn into fat. No bueno.

2) go straight to the ingredients, if sugar is the first or second ingredient, skip it.

3) if you see the words "unbleached" or "enriched" flour, skip it.

4) disregard the calorie content, the ingredients are the most important. Words you want to see are "whole wheat", "wheat bran", "flax", "oats", etc. These types of cereal will naturally be higher in calories, but it's okay! because the ingredients are natural and wholesome and will not create fat!

5) Also be sure to look for a cereal that has a good amount of fiber. This is key, especially for breakfast time, to eat a cereal that will fill you up and keep you fuller longer.

Here are some of the cereals that I recommend:

These may look unappealing to you, but trust me, they are delicious!
Eat 1 cup of cereal with 1/2 cup skim milk.
Not full yet? Scramble an egg for extra protein.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure you are getting the fuel you need to jump start your day.


Caren said...

How many grams of sugar are in the flax seed plus? I love pumpkin, but the raisins will make the sugar content higher. Also, I use soy milk light or rice milk as a good alternative.

Bust yo' Booty! said...

12g of sugar per 3/4 cup, too much 4 you!
The GoLean one hardly has any sugar.
The cereal that I am eating now that is delicious, has only 4g of sugar per 3/4 cup!
It's Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Multibran Cereal.

Bust yo' Booty! said...

The Kashi GoLean, which is one of my favorites, has 13g of protein per serving, 10g of fiber, 1g of fat, and 8g of whole grains, and it supplies 40% of your faily fiber need. This cereal has 7g of sugar.

Caren said...

A diabetic to be safe looks at every grocery item and if it has over 5grams of sugar I do not buy it...Thanks for the info, love your blog...

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