Hot Cereal is a Great Choice for Breakfast
With the temperatures dropping in Wisconsin, winter coats, gloves and hats are now standard attire. Hot cereal is a great way to start the day. In addition to warming you, hot cereal can be low in fat, high in fiber and a great source of whole grains.
There is quite a variety of hot cereals in the supermarket. With so many options, it can be tough to pick a healthy option. Here are some tips for selecting a healthy cereal.
• If you choose plain oatmeal, you will probably get a cereal with less sugar and sodium than the oatmeal in the flavored packets. Also plain oatmeal is less expensive than the individual packets and requires less packaging which is good for the environment. Fruits, nuts, cinnamon and flax seed can be added to plain oatmeal to give it more flavor.
• If you are short on time in the morning, make a large batch of hot cereal and reheat it in individual serving sizes for those busy mornings.
• When cooking breakfast cereal, use milk rather than water. It may take longer to cook. This is an easy way to get some calcium.