Cereal is a quick and easy breakfast for those on the go. However, not all cereal is created equal. Some cereal is actually more healthy than others. You can easily find a healthy cereal that you will enjoy if you know what you are looking for and what you can put on it.
Pay Attention To Serving Size
Even if a cereal says it’s good for you, it may prove not to be if you are eating more than the serving size that’s suggested. For many cereals between 1/2 a cup and 1 cup is one serving size. It’s hard for most people to know exactly what this amount looks like. Instead of trying to guess what the right amount of cereal is try pouring the cereal into a measuring cup before you pour it into a bowl so that you can ensure that you are eating the right amount of it.
You can tell a lot about a cereal based on what’s on the label. For instance, cereals that say they are high fiber are supposed to have at least 5 grams of dietary fiber per serving. High fiber cereals are good for you and aid in digestive health and can help you feel full for a longer period of time. This can help you curb overeating and snacking in between meals.
Don’t Forget About The Milk
Most of us are used to just pouring cow’s milk onto our cereal. However, there are a lot of better options available. Almond milk tastes just as good, if not better, and has a lot of nutritional value. It also have less calories than cow’s milk. Soy milk and rice milk are other milk options that are packed with vitamins and have a somewhat creamy texture. All of these milks are available in plain, sweetened, vanilla and chocolate options. All of these different choices are great if you want to turn something like a plain bowl of cereal into a sweet treat by pouring a flavored milk on top of it.
Add Some Variety To Your Cereal By Using Some Toppings
Cereal can becoming boring fairly quickly if you eat it everyday. In order to prevent this you can put some healthy toppings on your cereal. Cut up bananas and strawberries will bring new life to that bowl of cereal and are good for you. Even nuts or coconut shavings might be just what you need to change things up a bit and make your bowl of morning cereal your favorite meal of the day.
Not all cereal is bad for you. By reading labels and paying attention to serving sizes you can reap many health benefits without expanding your waist line. You can even keep your cereal from become a mundane morning meal by changing the milk that you add to it or by throwing in some blueberries or cut up peaches. There’s a lot of cereals on the market so if you try one that you don’t like, keep looking as you are sure to find a cereal that you’ll enjoy each morning.