Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Healthy and Tasty Cereal

I have been playing with different breakfast cereal combos in search of a healthy, relatively inexpensive, and tasty morning meal. I just may have found it:

Step #1:

Add a bit of Multibran Flakes to your bowl. I use Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Multibran Flakes,

but you can use any variety of whole grain flakes cereal so long as the ingredients are simple. This cereal offers 5g of fiber, 10g of whole grain plus some omega-3 and 3g of protein.

Step #2:

Next, add a bit of whole wheat biscuits like Autumn Wheat or Shredded Wheat.

Adding this will enhance the cereal with  50g of whole grains, 6 more grams of fiber and 6g of protein.

Step #3:

Next, sprinkle in some Grape Nuts, which is a natural whole grain wheat with barley cereal.

A half a cup will give you 100% of your day's whole grains (not to mention what you already received from the previous two cereals). It also provides you with loads of vitamins (like 90% of your daily value of iron!).

Step #4:

Now, toss in a small handful of uncooked quick oats. I use Mom's Best Naturals Quick Oats, but Quaker Oats works too. As long as you choose something that is 100% whole grain rolled oats with no other ingredients, you're set.

Step #5
Next, I toss a bit of organic agave nectar for sweetness. Be careful with agave nectar as it's super sweet. Only a teaspoon is needed.

This is a low-glycemic sweetner, a great substitute for sugar. You could also use raw local honey as your cereal sweetner.

Step #6:

Sprinkle a bit of flaxseed meal to your cereal.

Flaxseed is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and has been known to help fight against breat cancer, heart disease, cancer and stroke.

Step #7:

Load on some fruit and nuts. Go crazy here!

I like adding:

-sliced bananas
-dried cranberries
-sliced almonds

but you can also add kiwis, peaches, mangoes, strawberries, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc.

Adding colorful fruits and nuts not only makes it tastier but adds a wealth of vitamins and minerals for you.

Step #8:

Pour in some unsweetened almond milk and enjoy!

I know this seems like a lot of steps, but it gets easy. Little bit of this, little bit of that, and done. The most important thing is to choose whole grain cereals without added sugar (the more basic, the better), fruit, and some sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Please let me know if you come up with more combinations! I love tweaking my cereal combos. : )

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