May 27, 2009

What's For Breakfast?

We all have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what you are eating also counts as well.

I was never much of a breakfast eater, coffee was good enough for me until lunch time. Then I got pregnant with Mikayla and breakfast became a necessity if I did not want to get sick. At that time I found my love for cereal again, Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, Fruity Pebbles and my favorite Lucky Charms! After I had Mikayla and was done breastfeeding I gradually stopped eating breakfast again. Then I became pregnant with Lily. This time I made smarter choices, mostly because I did not want to serve Mikayla Lucky Charms. It is amazing how we will choose not to feed our children sugar filled foods but we will choose those same foods for us. Since I did not want to load Mikayla up on sugar filled cereal I started buying much healthier cereal, Cheerios, Kashi, Special K.

Since I had Lily I have kept up the habit of a bowl of cereal every morning and I try to choose cereal that has at least 10 grams of fiber per serving.
Here are two different types of cereal that are in my cabinet. Let's compare them.
The first is Oatmeal Crisp, Hearty Raisin.

The Oatmeal Crisp has 270 calories per serving (with a 1/2 cup of skim milk), 4 grams of fiber, 1 gram of soluble fiber, 20 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fat and .5 grams of saturated fat. When I bought this I must have been in a hurry because if I had noticed that it only had 4 grams of fiber in it I would have put it back. I must have been thinking "Oatmeal is good for you". That is one reason why it pays to leave the kids at home while you go grocery shopping and READ the labels.
I can tell you that the Oatmeal Crisp is very yummy, I loved all of the raisins but it did not fill me up. I am usually hungry 2 hours after I have had this for breakfast.

The second is Fiber One, Honey Clusters.

This cereal has 200 calories per serving (with 1/2 cup of skim milk), 1.5 grams of fat, NO saturated fat, 13 grams of fiber, 3 grams of soluble fiber, only 6 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein. This cereal is a much healthier cereal, with more fiber and less sugar and less calories. It is not as exciting and yummy as the Oatmeal Crisp but it is not boring either. I would choose this cereal again. The Fiber One has only 200 calories and it will keep me full from 6am to 10am.

There are many cereals that are just as healthy as the Fiber One. I normally like to buy the Kashi Cereals but they are a bit more than the Fiber One. The past few months I have been searching the cereal aisles for something that has a lot of fiber, is yummy and not too expensive.

What do you like to eat for breakfast?


Stephanie said...

I don't drink milk so most cereal is out for me.

I usually opt for:
* granola and vanilla yogurt
* toast and fruit
* strawberry banana smoothies
* granola bars

On special days and weekends, we make pancakes, waffles, or muffins. :)

Heidi said...

I have usually one of the following: Grapefruit;
smoothie made from frozen blueberries,frozen raspberries, flaxseed, and stoneyfield farm yogurt;
kashi strawberry fields cereal;
sometimes 2 frozen eggo waffles
and on the weekends eggs and sausage or bacon, or occasionally pancakes.

Bitsy said...

If I'm in a hurry, I pull some baked oatmeal out of the freezer and microwave it. (Its a homemade recipe that freezes nicely.)

If I have time, I scramble some spinach and egg whites, then serve them with a sprouted grain English Muffin.