Foodie Friday: Perk Up Your Morning Cereal #ThisIsNow
Approximately 92 percent of American households will purchase cereal at least once this year. If you’re one of that majority, instead of just buying what’s on sale, or what your kids have seen advertised, follow these guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics to make sure you’re serving up a healthy bowl:
- Skip the cartoon-covered boxes geared toward children, as they tend to contain more sugar and less fiber than other types of cereal.
- Opt for cereal with at least two, and ideally at least five, grams of fiber per serving.
- Stick to cereals with less than 12 grams of sugar per serving.
- Add cut-up fresh fruit to cereal for additional sweetness and nutrition.
- Choose a whole-grain cereal when possible
And if you’re ready to change up your usual cereal-and-milk routine, here are some delicious ideas:
- Take advantage of seasonal fruits, like strawberries and blueberries to add color and a burst of flavor.
- Use frozen berries, straight from the freezer or partially thawed. Kids especially like how the milk freezes around the berries, for an icy treat.
- Add a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger to the cereal for a gingerbread flavor.
- Boost your good fats with a handful of walnuts or almonds.
- Trade out the milk for yogurt and make a pretty parfait in a glass by layering yogurt, cereal and fruit.
- Make a Swiss-style muesli. Put a few rolled oats (not the instant kind) into yogurt overnight to soften. In the morning, grate or finely chop up a small apple and add it into the yogurt/oat mix. Top with sliced strawberries, or some raisins or dried cranberries.
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