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Cereal: The Healthy Way to Kick off Your Day

Kellogg’s Special K cereal is the best known attempt to market cereal as a diet food. Now, I doubt that most professional nutritionists worth their salt would recommend cereal as two meals a day for a serious answer to your long-term weight loss goals. But that’s not to say it should be discounted as a healthy food option that can and should be a regular part of your diet.

Cereal, especially those with a formidable amount of fiber, can be a great way to start your day, and avoid premature hunger pangs before lunch. I, for one, enjoy cereal… even if it’s as an evening sweet snack. It’s usually a better choice than other sweet tooth solutions.

A study confirms the benefits. The Journal of the American Dietetic Association published a study that revealed women who included high-fiber cereal in their low-calorie eating plans lost weight without losing crucial nutrients.

“Go for cereal with at least 5 grams of fiber per serving and less than 10 grams of sugar per 100 calories,” says SELF Editor-in-Chief Lucy Danziger.

Danziger recommends the following brands: Kashi GoLean, Fiber One Honey Clusters and Nature’s Path Optimum Slim.

The American Dietetic Association recommends the following for a hot cereal on a cold winter day:

  • Use milk or your favorite fruit juice in place of water while cooking cereal.
  • Blend in chopped fresh fruit, dried fruit or nuts.
  • Top with powdered milk for added calcium.
  • Liven up your cereal with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice or cloves.

December 12th, 2008