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May 19, 2011 at 1:00 PMComments: 1 Faves: 0

Start Your Morning Right: 5 Healthy (and Delicious!) Breakfast Cereals To Try

By Helen More Blogs by This Author

There is nothing quite like a warm, filling breakfast. A hot breakfast has always been touted as the best option, and can be enjoyed today as oatmeal, porridge, cream of wheat, with oatmeal topping the list as the healthiest. (Keep in mind that oats and milk are at their healthiest if they are steel cut, organic, and raw.) However, sometimes there's no time to make a hot bowl and it's just easier and more convenient to pick up a few cereal boxes and a gallon of milk and eat. If you're in a hurry that's just what you should do! Who doesn't love breakfast cereals - hot or cold?

History of Breakfast Cereals

James Caleb Jackson can be patted on the back for inventing the wonderful breakfast food we lovingly know as cereal. Unfortunately, back in 1863 bran nuggets required a full night of soaking before they were soft enough to bite and chew. If you forgot to soak your bran, you were flat out of luck in the morning. Given this inconvenience, it wasn't long before Ferdinand Schumacher, president of the American Cereal Company, came up with a new cereal that didn't require pre-soaking made from oats and manufactured in Akron, Ohio.

By 1879, cereal was being sold out of barrels by George H. Hoyt, who created a cereal called Wheatena, which was typically cracked wheat, oatmeal, and cerealine (corn grits). Before long, Hoyt figured out how to bypass the barrel and instead package his cereal into boxes.

In 1877, sanitarium operator, John Harvey Kellogg, created a biscuit for his patients who exhibited bowel disorders. He called it Granula (following a lawsuit, the name was changed to Granola). Granola was made out of ground wheat, corn, and cornmeal. One night, a batch of boiled wheat was rolled out and accidentally left until morning, a mistake that helped him create one of his best sellers, Wheat Flakes, which was followed closely by his brother Will's invention, Corn Flakes. Will continued making cereal and, in 1906, founded the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, Michigan where it remains and continues to crank out millions of cereal boxes every year.

What Makes a Good Cereal?

Certain supplements are necessary in a healthy cereal. The main ingredients are iron, calcium, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B12, protein, and fiber. When these vitamins and supplements are present in your morning breakfast, you will be more apt to eat less fat and cholesterol throughout the day, have better concentration, maintain a normal weight a little easier, and reduce your risk of heart disease. And these are just the health benefits.

There is also the feel-good benefit that comes with a bowl of cereal that simply cannot be denied. Whether it' a nostalgic longing for our childhood or it's simply good eats, Americans truly enjoy a bowl of cereal and milk in the morning.

While the Kellogg Company is well-known as being among the first to officially start manufacturing breakfast cereals in boxes, the company has also gone on to become one of the healthiest manufacturers of breakfast cereals. Kellogg's knows how to incorporate plenty of good vitamins and minerals into their cereal. Topping the list of healthy breakfast cereals, based on taste as well as their good-for-you appeal, are several Kellogg's brands:

  1. Kashi GoLean is perhaps the cereal that's best for you. Kashi was recently purchased by the Kellogg's Company. Kellogg's is currently working up a variety of different types of Kashi cereals, including crunchy versions. The current Kashi GoLean cereal has a mere 5 grams of sugar.
  2. All Bran Buds contains lots of good stuff like plenty of fiber and protein, as well as being low in calories, fat, and sugar.
  3. Complete Oat Bran Flakes (Kellogg's), which not only tastes good and is high in fiber, but is also low in sodium and sugar.
  4. Product 19 (Kellogg's) is low in sugar, fat-free, and filled with a lot of good vitamins.
  5. Shredded Wheat (Post), both spoonful and whole, is wonderful breakfast food. Not only does this cereal not have artificial sweeteners, dyes, sugar, or sodium, it's also high fiber and tastes great.

When was the last time you enjoyed a healthy breakfast? There are all kinds of nutritious breakfasts, but enjoying a bowl of cereal for breakfast tops them all. Provided you choose the right breakfast cereal, that simple bowl can have everything you need to get your morning off to a great start!


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  • Kashi cereals (my favorites are Go Lean Crunch & Go Lean) and shredded wheat are excellent sources of whole grains and I would certainly recommend both of these for a delicious breakfast. Whole grains are ideal as they are left much closer to their natural state than processed, refined grains.

    While bran flakes and bran buds are a great source of fiber and are lower in calories, making them great for those simply trying to cut down on calories, they are not whole grain. Rather the manufacturer pulls out the bran from the whole grain and only uses that portion.... many of these cereals (not uncommon from many cereals) end up packed with added sugars and salt to make up for the lack of taste.

    Therefore, no matter what cereal you are choosing, I encourage you to read the nutrition facts label and ingredient statement to find out exactly what you are eating. You should see the words "whole grain" listed first in the ingredient statement and hopefully any added sugars are not within the first 3 ingredients listed... It is also important to check the serving size listed which may range from 1/3 cup to 1.5 cups. This will be a great indicator of exactly how many calories and grams of fiber you will be eating in your morning meal :)

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