Deciphering the Cereal Aisle

by Kitchen Ladies

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In our opinion the cereal aisle can be deceiving, with bright boxes lining the shelves and screaming labels like “only 60 calories per serving,” “fresh fruit added,” “all-natural” and “organic,” making it hard to decipher the good choices from the bad. For us, having a bowl of cereal in the morning is definitely a treat, but we still try to keep it healthy.

CK’s Tips to Deciphering the Cereal Aisle:

Read the ingredient list: stay away from products with a boatload of additives especially ones you can’t pronounce, in particular BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene), High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) and all food dyes.

Look at the serving size: in many cases you will notice that the “120 calories per serving” is only for ½ or ¾ of a cup (the average bowl fills up at least twice that amount).

Be we wary of sugar content: one cup of “Wheaties Fuel” contains 18 grams of sugar, which is not uncommon in the cereal world. Look for products that have 10 or less grams of sugar per serving.

Don’t always believe the labels: for example, the blueberries found in many cereals, breads and snacks are made completely with chemical ingredients like artificial colors, hydrogenated oils and liquid sugars. Do your research before giving in to a marketing campaign.

CK’s Go-To Cereal Mix
½ cup of homemade granola or Cascadian Farm Organic Granola Vanilla Almond (we use only ½ a cup instead of serving size of ¾ to keep sugar down), 1 cup of Arrowhead Mills Organic Puffed Kamut Cereal (to beef up the serving size), ¾ – 1 cup of organic whole milk or unsweetened coconut milk, ½ cup of strawberries and blueberries.

Eat. Real. Food.

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