What’s In The Box?

Grocery stores have entire aisles devoted to breakfast cereals; From hot and cold, to those fortified with fiber, and those fortified with unnatural colors and marshmallows. There is something for everyone, no matter what you are looking for. When you are faced with 300 rectangular boxes filled with different choices how are you supposed to know which one is the best?
Navigating the shelves in search of a nutritious cereal that you can feel good about eating doesn’t have to be so overwhelming! Next time you go to grab a new box, turn it to the side and take a glance at the Nutrition Facts Label. What should you be looking for?

-At Least 5 Grams of Fiber
With all the fortified cereals on the market now, this is pretty easy to find. People under the age of 50 should eat at least 25 grams of fiber per day, so finding a cereal with 5 grams per serving will supply you with 20% of your daily total
-The Word “Whole Wheat”, “Bran” or “Oat” At The Top of The Ingredients List
This insures that it really does contain whole grains. Just because the word is in the name, doesn’t mean it is actually in the box! The closer an ingredient is to the beginning of the list, the greater proportion of that ingredient to the other ingredients in the product
-At Least 25% of Vitamins and Mineral
Again, with all the fortified cereals on the shelves, this is easy to spot!
-Less Than 5 Grams of Sugar
Cereal can be loaded with the sweet stuff! To cut out the empty calories, chose a cereal low in sugar and add fresh fruit instead

So what am I currently crunching in the mornings? I just broke open a box of Nature’s Path Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon Cereal. High in fiber, and low in fat this cereal starts my morning off right! And the first two ingredients? “Organic Whole Wheat meal” and “Organic Wheat Bran”. Double whammy!
This morning, I paired my cereal with a cup of Blueberry Chobani And fresh strawberries.All together now!

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7 thoughts on “What’s In The Box?

  1. Good advice! Some people interpret cereal as automatically healthy, but that's definitely not the case. I love heritage flakes–they are just plain flakes, but they have all sorts of good grains in them, are thicker and crunchier than wheaties and have a good flavor without needing sugar. Also Nature's Path brand, I just realized–that company knows what it's doing in the cereal department.

  2. I have never tried Heritage Flakes, but they sound like a good choice! I think I will have to pick some up once I'm done with this box! I am more into the texture of a cereal than it having a lot of flavor because I always eat it with yogurt and berries, and that provides plenty of flavor! But, a good crunch (especially in yogurt) in necessary!

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