Breakfast Cereals

September 9, 2014

“Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.”
~Michael Pollan from Food Rules

What cereals did you grow up eating?  What cereals do you have in the pantry now?  Go to the boxes right now and check out how much sugar is in each serving…and don’t forget to try to pronounce all the ingredients.

The scary truth is that cereals are packed with sugar, preservatives and lots of artificial ingredients and additives. Think about those peanut butter and cocoa cereals that kids love to eat.  Are any of the ingredients providing nutrients for you?  Does it have anything but refined, simple carbs?  I challenge you to rethink your breakfast cereal options!  Even the granola we may think is healthy is packed with loads of sugar, calories and fat.  One bowl of granola can top out at 600 calories and 15g of sugar.

Check out this marshmallow cereal one of my clients saw after we talked all about sugar hiding in food.  Only 93g of sugar per serving!!!!  That’s 3x what your daily sugar intake should be.  Wasted on a breakfast that won’t keep you full, will spike your insulin and cause you to store fat.  Sounds good huh?  NOT…. And this is what companies are marketing to kids–cereals in brightly colored boxes and no more picking the marshmallows out! 

It’s a shame we start our day this way–bowls filled with empty calories, highly processed ingredients and lots of sugar. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day because it gets your metabolism going, gives you energy and helps you eat healthy the rest of the day.  As I tell my clients, skipping breakfast may seem like a small thing, but it adds up big time when you’re trying to lose weight.  It’s like keeping your metabolism asleep!  Consider other options for breakfast such as eggs and turkey bacon, oatmeal with a little protein powder added or even a protein shake with some fruit. Breakfast is the fuel that gets your body going in the morning!!! Don’t skip it or waste it 🙂 

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