Sometimes, all you want is cereal.
Iâ€™m loving Rice Chex lately. Itâ€™s inexpensive, available at every grocery store I walk into (not just the fancy ones), is gluten-free, has a pretty short ingredient list, and only has two grams of sugar per serving. Also â€“ I love that it doesnâ€™t get instantly soggy in the milk! Soggy cereal is the worst.
Itâ€™s a pretty low-calorie cereal, so I end up eating 2 â€“ 2.5 servings to have a proper breakfast. And I like to pump it up with nuts and fruit. Yum.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled on this report on the Environmental Working Group about the unhealthiest kidsâ€™ cereals. It was kind of a â€œduhâ€ study â€“ Wait, kidsâ€™ cereals are full of sugar?! You donâ€™t say! â€“ but interesting nevertheless. Honey Smacks is nearly 56% sugar by weight, and one cup of the cereal has more sugar in it than a Twinkie (for comparison, the governmentâ€™s voluntary guidelines suggest kidsâ€™ cereals should have no more than 26% sugar by weight). In fact, one cup of the other 44 out of 84 cereals surveyed have more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! cookies. One of my all-time favorite kidsâ€™ cereals â€“ Honey Oh!s â€“ made the list of the top 10 worst cerealsâ€¦ Damn. According to the EWG, kids who eat a high-sugar breakfast have more problems at school, have less energy, make more mistakes on their school work, and ultimately feel hungrier by lunchtime than kids who ate a low sugar breakfast.
Theyâ€™ve also got a list of the best and worst brands:
I like that they included big-brand cereals because, letâ€™s face it, not everyone can afford or has access to fancy organic cereals like Natureâ€™s Path.
Here are 7 Other Awesome Resources from the EWG (I especially love their sunscreen page).
Whatâ€™s your favorite cereal (healthy or otherwise â€“ sometimes, cereal makes a pretty awesome dessert)?