My kitchen cupboards are permanently jammed full of breakfast cereal boxes. The junior team members of IKHQ (aged 11 and 9 respectively) are cereal eaters as is my better half. I’m more of an oatmeal, coffee and eggs for breakfast type of gal 🍳 ☕️.
Breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day so I keep careful track of the ingredients that make up boxed cereals to make sure they’re eating a healthy one.
Here are my tips for amping up nutrition at breakfast time:
- Wholegrain cereals: My kids like Shredded Wheat and Weetabix so I make sure to get the wholegrain varieties and my better half usually has cereal with a combo of wholegrains and seeds like flax and chia (he calls it his hippie-dippie bird seed breakfast 🐓). Wholegrain cereals provide necessary fiber which our bodies need for good digestive health.
- Low added sugar: Almost all breakfast cereals have added sugar so I try to get ones that have the lowest grams of added sugar per portion. We add fruit (fresh and dried) to breakfast cereal to give them the hit of sweetness.
- Enriched breakfast cereals: The good quality cereals are enriched or fortified with vitamins and minerals for added nutrition.
- Recommended serving size: I keep to the serving size recommended on the box and then add toppings such as fruit, nuts and seeds, sugar-free granola and yogurt to satisfy morning hunger pangs. This way the breakfast is cleaner, leaner and provides the energy required to power through a morning of work and study.
Leaving you with a quote I read recently about cereal – “Middle age is when you choose the cereal for the fiber, not the toy” 😂 😭.