Thursday, May 24, 2012

CEREALS

What is a serving of cereal? Sadly, there's no easy answer. Serving sizes for cereals will vary between brands and types so it's important to check the label to see what one serving is. 

Try to choose cereals high in whole grain ingredients like whole wheat, buckwheat, bulgur, millet, oatmeal, quinoa, rolled oats, brown or wild rice, whole-grain barley, or whole rye. These types of cereals will keep us full and give us lots of nutrients. The sugary, sweet ones give us not much but a quick boost of energy and a crash later on.

Cereal does not always have to be eaten for breakfast. Try some sprinkled in with yogurt to boost your fiber intake!

Here are two examples of great cereal choices: 

2/3 cup of High Fiber Cereal = 80 calories, 9g fiber!





3/4 cup of Bran Flakes Cereal = 100 calories, 5g fiber

Granola can be a good choice too but it is usually higher in calories than other cereals because it has extra fat. Choose a small portion of granola to mix in with yogurt or another cereal for extra crunch.
1/4 cup of Pumpkin Flax Granola = 86 calories, 1.6g fiber



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