Breakfast Cereals 101

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Walking down the breakfast aisle in the grocery store may seem a bit overwhelming to find that perfect, nutritious cereal for you and your family – but let me help you break it down on what exactly to look for when choosing a cereal.

 

  1. Look at serving size!  Before you start looking at the nutrition profile and comparing calories, carbs, etc., consider the portion size.  Serving sizes can range from 1/4 cup to 1 1/4 cup – quite a big difference!
  2. Fiber & Whole Grains:  Within the last couple of years it is almost becoming a norm for all cereals to contain whole grains, now let’s look at the grams of fiber!  Choose a cereal with 3 to 5 grams of fiber per serving!
  3. Calories – I usually don’t get too excited about calories but just make sure it is nothing outrageous in comparison to the serving size, i.e., 1/2 cup serving for 230 calories.
  4. Sugar -  Sometimes I feel people go to the extreme on sugar in regards to over loading and then I see other people thinking that 3 grams of sugar is too much.  Well, I like to stay under 10 grams of sugar per serving.  At my house, I usually buy three cereals: 2 cereals less than 8 grams and 1 cereal at that 10 gram range. 

 

You can consider many other nutrients in regards to cereals but here are the basics.  Here is a new cereal find for my house – tastes great too!  My kids even loved it!

 

 

Kashi Berry Blossom Cereal

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And nutrition profile looks pretty good too!

kashi berry nutr facts

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