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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Of cereal!  What?  you thought I was talking about your going the morning?  LOL.  Oh, of course not.  I'm talking about that morning bowl of cereal you may have for breakfast.  My brother, Lenny and I loved the stuff.  I'll admit, when our father, Leonard, made one of his special breakfasts that included bacon, scrambled eggs and silver-dollar sized pancakes, those were my favorite breakfast meals.  But hey, I sure wasn't gonna turn down having my bowl of Sugar Pops some mornings, too.  Sugar Pops, Sugar Smacks, Sugar Frosted Flakes, they all had the word sugar in them for good reason.  That's because along with a fairly stingy amount of corn or wheat, their primary ingredient was sugar.  Sweet and tasty, sure.  But what all of that sugar does for your body, first thing in the morning no less, is certainly not good for you.

Which breakfast cereals are most common in your pantry?
Some mornings when I'm pressed for time, I'll have cereal for breakfast in place of my oatmeal and toast.  But you can be sure I'm making much healthier breakfast cereal choices than when I was a kid back in New Orleans.  Let's face it, the kid's cereals I grew up eating and many American children and some adults are eating today, could be considered nothing more than dessert packed in a colorful box.  What about you?  Which breakfast cereals are most often found in your own pantry?  Well, some choices are much healthier than others.  And today I what to talk about what you pour into your bowl, when you're having cereal for breakfast.
Most store-bought cereals are made with refined grains and sugars.  They also usually include a stew of preservatives and artificial colors.  And here's something a little scary.  Some of those sugary cereals additives are derived from petroleum (ick) and have even been linked to behavioral problems in children.  So be careful with most of those mass-market breakfast cereals, especially the ones aimed at kids.
Whole grain, low sugar cereals are a step above and a much better choice.  The most important factor to consider is how much sugar they contain.  Read the nutritional panel and make sure you're choosing a cereal that has under 10 grams of sugar per 1-cup serving.  Anything more than that can lead to cravings and overeating later in the day.
Go for whole-grain, low-sugar, high protein/fiber breakfast cereals.
The best choice?  Go for whole-grain, low-sugar, high protein/fiber breakfast cereals.  A whole-grain cereal with less than 10 grams of sugar and at least 5 grams of fiber and/or protein per 1-cup serving will leave you satisfied and energized as you begin your day.
Ditch the sugar-rich breakfast cereals and hey, who cares about the prize inside the box.  (Lenny and I would race to get to the toy tucked inside.  Darn it, he won again!  LOL.)  But seriously, the "prize" you'll get from eating a healthy cereal for breakfast is a healthy start to your busy day.  Now that's something worth bowling for, even first thing in the morning!