Need a Quick, Healthy Breakfast?
Cereals can be a convenient and nutritious way to start the day if you choose wisely. Many cereals are good sources of fiber and fortified with beneficial vitamins and minerals. Watch out for cereals that are loaded with sugar.
Compare Sugar and Fiber
For a healthy option, offer children breakfast cereals that have very little sugar, plenty of fiber and are low in fat. Cereals made from whole grains provide a substantial amount of vitamins and minerals.
Choose cereals with less than 6 grams of sugar per serving and more than 2.5 grams of fiber.
Be Aware of Serving Size
Pay attention to the Nutrition Facts label and skip the marketing claim on the front of a package. Pay attention to the serving size. Is their serving size the amount that you serve? A serving of cereal can vary from ½ cup to more than a cup. For a visual, use a measuring cup to see what the actual serving size is. Try to stick to the recommended serving size. Generally, a one-ounce serving should contain 100 – 200 calories.
Sometimes it is easier to gradually reduce the amount of sugar sweetened cereal by mixing it with similar looking low-sugar, higher fiber cereals. Gradually increase the amount of low-sugar cereal over time to get children used to them. As an alternative, at the store, allow your child to pick from a selection of two to three healthier cereals that are lower in sugar and contain more whole grains.
Quick and Easy Breakfast
Ready-to-eat cereal is quick, easy and a healthy way to start your day. Grabbing a serving of dry cereal, a whole piece of fruit and a carton of low-fat milk provides a quick, easy healthy way to start you and your child’s day. Try fast & easy, child-friendly breakfast ideas.