Better Choices, Better Results

Cereal Love

I was watching the news yesterday morning and the newscasters started talking about a new cereal study.  My ears perked up, because I love me some cereal!  The study was based on the amount of sugar- by weight- that different brands had in comparison to other types of junk food.  The Top Ten Worst Offenders all had greater than 40% sugar by weight – per serving!  One even had more sugar than a Twinkie!

More sugar, by weight, than a Twinkie!

Most of us grew up eating cereal for breakfast, and as I looked through this list, I had to admit that I too, had eaten my fair share of some of them.  Do you remember the commercials telling us that “X Cereal” was part of a healthy breakfast?  They showed a picture of a bowl of “X Cereal” along with toast, a couple pieces of bacon and a glass of orange juice. 

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t eat the other stuff – just the bowl of cereal!

Now like I said, I love cereal.  I would categorize my love by calling it Jethro Bodine-Bowl Love.   When I eat cereal, I eat a lot of it.  I can go through a box of Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch or Lucky Charms (the BIG box) in 2 days.   If I’m feeling healthy and virtuous, I’ll go for Raisin Nut Bran…and eat the whole box in two days.  Forget about those cute little boxes of cereal.  You know the ones; a variety package of 10 different cereals by the manufacturer.  I hated those.  I’d pick out the ones I loved and feel cheated when all I got was one tiny little piddly serving.  Then my mom would fuss at me because she didn’t want me to waste the ones I didn’t like.  (By the way, my mom would not buy me pop-tarts as a kid.  Now I know she was right, but I really wanted those!)

What I’m leading up to is that I’ve learned that cereal is one of those foods that I can’t have in the house, because I can’t control how much I eat.  Even my favorite “healthy cereal” is loaded with calories, if not sugar.  I know that a ¾ cup serving isn’t enough to fill and satisfy me, so I just don’t even bother.

Nutrition Label for Raisin Nut Bran. A serving is only 3/4 cup, and it still has 15 grams of sugar in it! I could eat 2 cups at a time, easily.

What I have done is substituted my cereal cravings with something a bit healthier.  I now eat oat bran and multi-grain hot cereals.  I make them in the microwave with milk or water, add Splenda (or Splenda Brown Sugar Blend) for sweetness, cinnamon, and sometimes a banana or raisins or dried cranberries (just a few).   Sometimes I’ll even put a little sugar free syrup in there!  Believe it or not, I’ve found that I love these alternatives, and they are much more filling and satisfying to me. 

No particular brand, microwaveable and so good once prepared and seasoned to taste.

 

More fiber, more protein, half the carbs and hardly any sugar at all. Sure, a serving is only 1/3 cup, but once it's prepared with milk or water, it swells to a much larger serving.

What is your food downfall?  How do you fight it?

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