Even cereals with healthy-sounding names don’t quite make the mark.
I really do believe that most cereals are, unfortunately, junky. They’re high in carbohydrates, sugar, low in protein and often lacking nutrition. If it has marshmallows in it, it’s not good for you, even if it is made with “whole grains.” Even cereals with healthy-sounding names don’t quite make the mark. Cereal can be fast, easy and inexpensive. With such an abundance of choices, it can be hard to find ones truly worth it.
A truly healthy cereal for me is one that is 100 percent whole grain
Cold cereals are not my personal favorite because I find that I can easily eat a whole box. When you can eat more than one portion so easily, it can easily become a trigger food. It’s for this reason that I personally stick to whole and natural grains as hot or cold cereals such as steel cut or rolled oats, quinoa, puffed quinoa or millet. I tend to make a big batch or prep individual servings on a Sunday and then eat cold or heat in the microwave for a fast morning breakfast.
When navigating the aisle for a better cereal, focus on sugar, fiber, whole grains and portion.
Cereals Worth Trying
Amanda Bontempo, MS RD CSO CDN