They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When I miss breakfast, my stomach does more of an intimidating roar than a hint of a growl. Because I’m a creature of habit, I tend to eat a few variations of only a few different things for breakfast. Not only because I’ve determined that I like them but because they’re quick, easy and convenient. You all know that I love my pancakes but on a typical day, breakfast usually consists of oatmeal that I dress up to add more flavor (i.e., dried cranberries & almonds, cinnamon & apples, banana & chocolate protein powder), an english muffin with egg whites, turkey bacon and low-fat cheese or cold cereal. Here’s where it gets tricky because not everyone is eating their Wheaties. There are so many cold cereals on the shelves, many of them claiming to be healthy but disguising their high sugar content, fat and fillers.
Here’s the scoop…when shopping for cold breakfast cereals, you want to make sure that you take a minute to read the nutrition label (click here for a refresher on reading food labels). Look for cereals with high fiber, protein and vitamins. My cereal of choice is Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat cereal, which boasts 120 calories per serving, 1.5 g of fat, 5 g of fiber, 4 g of protein and 100% daily value of 3 B vitamins.
Women’s Health magazine has a quiz on their site to test your healthy cereal prowess. Check it out and see how you do: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/healthy-cereal-quiz?cm_mmc=Newsletter-_-2011_Jan_04-_-Dose-_-readon