Breakfast Cereals

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Break the Fast

Good morning! It’s time to get your day stated, and you know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, what do you normally have for breakfast? Are you like many individuals who choose a cup of coffee as their morning meal? Or maybe you load up on donuts, pastries, muffins or other sweets. Then again, perhaps you prefer to have a hot hearty meal like ham, eggs and potatoes, or a big greasy breakfast burrito, maybe waffles and pancakes are more your style, or a big bowl of sugary cereal. Or perhaps you are like the millions of people who don’t eat breakfast at all.

If you fall into one of these categories, you should know that there are good healthy alternatives to start your day out right. Having pancakes, bacon and eggs, waffles, sugary cereals, or the likes of these, are okay on the weekends or on special occasions but during the week you should try to fill your body with a good breakfast, full of vitamins and minerals.

My Top Breakfast Cereals

Healthy Choices

The following are my top breakfast cereals; they’re all great tasting and good for you. The good thing about them is they fill you up so that you don’t get those mid-morning cravings, where you run to the vending machine and devour candies or other sweets. These breakfast cereals are so good that sometimes I’ll have them for a snack or as my meal at lunch or dinner.

My Top Breakfast Cereals

Heart to Heart – Honey Toasted Oat Cereal by Kashi: One serving of Heart to Heart cereal provides one gram of soluble fiber, which is the type that binds with cholesterol to help remove it from your body. This cereal also contains nutrients to help neutralize free radicals and help support healthy arteries. Heart to Heart cereal is high in antioxidant vitamins E, C, and beta carotene, and also contains natural extracts from green and white tea, and grape seed. A serving size of about three-quarters of a cup is approximately 120 calories and provides 100% of the daily value for heart healthy vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid, and is low in sodium. The best part is that Heart to Heart is delicious!

Go Lean Crunch – Naturally Sweetened Multigrain Cluster Cereal (Honey Almond Flax) by Kashi: One serving full of this cereal contains nine grams of protein and eight grams of fiber. The nuts and seeds in Go Lean Crunch help to provide 500mg of ALA omega-3 fatty acids, important to any diet. It is also a good source of whole grains that are filled with beneficial phytonutrients. One cup is approximately 200 calories, with 40 calories from fat. One cup serving is around 200 calories.

Special K – Chocolatey Delight by Kellogg’s: This cereal is made-up of crunch rice and wheat flakes with chocolate pieces; one-third of a cup eaten with a half-cup of skim milk equals 160 calories. Chocolatey Delight is part of the “Special K Challenge,” which is a two week meal plan program, consisting of fruits, vegetables, two Special K meals, one normal meal, and two Special K snacks.

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Cheerios – Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal by General Mills: Made with 100% natural whole grain oats, Cheerios has one gram of sugar and no artificial colors or flavors. A one cup serving, with one-half cup skim milk is about 140 calories and provides a percentage of the daily requirements of the following: protein; vitamins A, C, D, B6, B12, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.

Chocolate O’s by Cascadian Farm Organic: Chocolate organic whole grain cereal made with real cocoa, contains eight grams of whole grain, is a good source of fiber and contains no artificial flavors.  A serving of three-quarters of a cup with one-half cup of skim milk is around 140 calories and provides two grams of protein and a percentage of the daily requirements of the following vitamins: Vitamin A, D, B6, calcium, iron, niacin folic acid, phosphorus and zinc. The chocolate flavor makes it appealing to children and is a welcome alternative to those surgery cereals.

Total – Plus Omega-3, Honey Almond Flax by General Mills: Whole grain flakes with flax clusters and almonds, it contains 100% of the daily value of the following vitamins and minerals: Vitamins C, E, B6 and B12, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and zinc. Total plus Omega-3 cereal provides a good source of omega-3 ALA from ground flaxseed. It is crunchy and delicious. A one cup serving with a half-cup of skim milk is about 240 calories.

Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls Multigrain Cereal by Barbara’s: Since 1971, Barbara’s has been making great tasting products from the finest 100% natural ingredients. Shredded Spoonfuls Multigrain is made with whole wheat, oats, and corn. It is a good source of fiber and low in fat. It has zero Trans fat per serving, is cholesterol free and contains no artificial flavors, additives or preservatives. A three-quarters cup with one half cup of skim milk is approximately 160 calories. It provides a big boost of energy, naturally with complex carbohydrates, whole grains and only five grams of sugar.

Go Lean Crisp – Naturally Sweetened Multigrain Cluster Cereal with Toasted Berry Crumble by Kashi: Made with nine grams of protein and eight grams of fiber to help keep you feeling fuller longer. A naturally sweet blend of cranberries and wild blueberries are mixed together with light and crispy whole grain clusters for a tasty treat. A three-quarters cup is approximately 180 calories and provides nine grams of protein, eight grams of fiber and eighteen grams of whole grains.

Oatmeal by Quaker Oats: As part of a heart healthy diet, the soluble fiber in oatmeal can help reduce cholesterol and consuming three grams of soluble fiber from oatmeal daily in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. A serving size of one half a cup is around 150 calories and contains no cholesterol or sodium. You can enjoy oatmeal as a hot cereal topped with your favorite fruits or as oatmeal cookies.

Maple Brown Sugar Hot Cereal by Cream of Wheat: One serving with a half cup of fat free milk is approximately 170 calories and provides eight essential vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, Vitamins A, C, and B6, and more. The instant cereal is easy to make, just put in a microwave safe bowl with milk, cook on high for about a minute and it’s ready to eat.

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