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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The best breakfast cereals for weight loss!

According to some reports, many people eat 100% of their daily sugar allotment at breakfast! Trying to limit their sugar intake and reach their weight loss goals has many people steering clear of breakfast cereals. But, there are some cereals that can help you stay on track to shed those unwanted pounds and taste good at the same time. Here are 5 healthy breakfast cereals and a few notes on what makes them so great.

  1. Kashi Go Lean Crunch – This cereal may be a granola-lover’s new BFF. Granola is well-known for it’s high fat content, averaging almost 30g of fat per serving; 1 cup of this Kashi cereal has only 3g of fat. Factor in the 9g of protein and 8g of fiber per serving, and you’ve got a winner that’s full of great taste.
  2. Shredded Wheat – The only ingredient in this cereal is 100% whole grain, so you aren’t getting the extra sugar or fat that is common in many other breakfast cereals. This cereal is packed with fiber too, which is a major player in weight loss. Top it off with fresh fruit, like raspberries, to add a little extra flavor.
  3. Fiber One Caramel Delight – If you’ve got a sweet tooth and you’re trying to stay on track to reach your weight loss goals, this one’s for you! Although this cereal does contain a bit of sugar, it still falls much below most sugar-laden cereals. And, 1 cup of Caramel Delight provides 35% of your recommended daily fiber goal.
  4. Multi Grain Cheerios – It’s a classic cereal with a multi-grain spin. The great thing about this cereal is that it has earned the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark, meaning that this food meets the guidelines to be considered a heart-healthy food. Cheerios are a low calorie, low fat food and the Multi Grain version also comes in a Peanut Butter flavor!
  5. Oatmeal – Although it takes a few minutes of prep, no healthy breakfast list would be complete without it. Oatmeal has been found to help reduce cholesterol, lower the risk of colon cancer, and help regulate blood sugar. One word of caution on oatmeal: the instant flavored packs of oatmeal can be loaded with sugar. So, try plain oatmeal and mix in some cinnamon and fruit for extra health benefit (and great flavor, too).

Happy National Cereal Day, everyone! Now, go out and celebrate with a bowl of breakfast goodness!