Most kids like cereal, and it is quick and easy to fix on a busy morning. Navigating through the cereal aisle can be a daunting task, and it can be hard to find cereal that isn’t too sweet or loaded with carbohydrates.
Of course that doesn’t mean you have to give up eating cereal. Follow these tips, always read the nutrition labels, and you can feel good about eating something that is nutritious and delicious.
Here are four tips to choose healthier cereal:
Look for High Fiber
Oatmeal is a good source of fiber and protein, and you can add fresh or dried fruit to add a little sweetness. Raisins are often a favorite and, for extra fiber, chop up a few nuts for a topping.
It has a soft texture that kids like, and you can make it in five minutes. Make up a big batch to last the week.
Buy Low Sugar Brands
Frosted Flakes™ now come in cinnamon and chocolate flavors and what kid wouldn’t like that? As a mom, you want to serve food that they like, but these flakes have ten grams of sugar and only one gram of fiber per ¾ cup serving.
It may be too much to ask for to get your kids to eat cereal with no sugar at all, so try a whole wheat cereal such as Raisin Bran. ™ It contains the same amount of sugar as Frosted Flakes™ but it has four grams of fiber to keep that belly full until lunchtime. Raisins add sweetness and can count toward your five daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
Make Sure It’s a Healthy Portion
This is where you need to be able to read and understand food labels. Some cereals such as granola are 200 calories for ¼ cup of cereal. Eating such a small portion may have your kids looking for a snack mid-morning.
One cereal I can vouch for is Puffins™. You taste that extra crunch, it’s a little sweeter, and you can eat ¾ cup for just 110 calories. Plus, it packs a nutritional wallop at 5 grams of fiber.
Look for Low-Sodium Brands
Frosted Mini-Wheats only have one gram of sodium, and are packed full of grains. Yes, they do have ten grams of added sugar, but you get a whopping five grams of fiber per serving.
You can add your own topping to cereal. Chopped bananas, a handful of blueberries, or a sprinkle of cinnamon can make flavors come alive. Now, that you know what you’re looking for, cereal shopping should be a breeze.