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