Like It, Love It, Avoid It: Breakfast Cereal- Adult

The cereal aisle at the grocery can be intimidating. With what seems like a million of options to choose from, it’s hard to know what is healthy and what is not. Plus, with added claims on the front of cereal boxes, it can be de difficult to decipher what is most important while shopping for cereal. For our newest Like it, Love It, Avoid It post, we wanted to break down our picks for adult breakfast cereal. Later, we will talk more about our picks for kid focused cereals.

Our gold standard for any type of grain (bread, cereal, breakfast bar, etc) is what we call the Five Rule. The product (in one serving) should have 5 grams or more of fiber, 5 grams or more of protein and 5 grams or less of sugar. Next time you are the store, I encourage you to read through various cereal food labels, and you will likely find how difficult it is for cereals to meet the Five Rule. We have included a sampling of cereals that will hopefully guide you on what we recommend and what we suggest to avoid if possible.

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5 healthier ways to flavor your coffee instead of coffee creamer

Coffee. Is it the warmth and comfort you feel when drinking a cup first thing in the morning? Is it the jolt of caffeine that helps get us motivated in the morning? Most of us start our day with some variation of coffee- lattes, cappuccinos, black coffee, frapuccinos and the list goes on! Though this beloved beverage is rich in antioxidants, depending on how it is prepared, it can be a source of excess calories, fat and sugar that you may not even realize. Check out our Quick Bites: Starbucks post for the low down on ordering a healthier cup of coffee.

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Southwest Egg Cups

I am a fan of quick breakfasts, as you can probably tell from my overnight oats and baked oatmeal recipes. I’m always on the lookout for a breakfast recipe that I can prep ahead of time and quickly warm up in the morning but that still provides key nutrients, especially fiber and protein.  Eggs have always been a breakfast staple, but I used to wait to cook them until weekend mornings when I had more time to spend in the kitchen. After searching thru Pinterest for breakfast recipes, I decided to create my own healthier breakfast egg cup recipe. These cups are so tasty, packed with veggies and provide the protein punch I need in the morning to fuel my day.  By using half egg whites in this recipe, the nutrients of the yolk are provided but the calorie and cholesterol amounts are reduced. The trick to this egg cup recipe is sautéing the vegetables first, so the flavor is magnified in each cup.

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Strawberry Cake Batter Overnight Oats

I used to skip breakfast, solely because I am not a morning person {at all}.  Just getting myself ready and out the door on time is a small victory each day!  My husband will wake up and eat breakfast at our dining room table, but I find ways to maximize my sleep in the morning so I can get up in just enough time to make it to work. I can’t be the only person that’s like this?!

Once I learned the importance of eating breakfast, I made it a priority to eat something in the morning that will jumpstart my body and metabolism. My desire to get in a few extra minutes of sleep led me on a quest to find healthy, quick breakfasts that I could even take with me. After having what seemed like a million KIND bars, I was ready for some variety… cue: overnight oats!

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Cranberry Banana Bread

Every time we have overly ripe bananas in the house, I immediately want to bake banana bread. But, the shortening and/or butter content of most banana bread recipes can be shocking! Did you know that 1 stick (1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons) of shortening has 880 calories, 96 grams total fat and 28 grams saturated fat? Plus, with the second ingredient being fully hydrogenated palm oil {think trans fats} and other ingredients included like the preservative TBHG {yikes}, shortening is just scary! Butter is not any better with 2 times the saturated fat amount – 800 calories, 88 grams total fat and 56 grams saturated fat! So, I went on a mission to create a healthier, but just as tasty, banana bread with NO butter or shortening included. And, after playing around with the recipe a few times and holding taste tests with my banana bread lovin’ husband, I’m excited to share my {no butter included} Cranberry Banana Bread!

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