A question my nutrition clients ask all the time is, “How do I pick a healthy cereal?” Glad you asked – again.
Amidst all the choices, flavor generally rules in our books. That’s got to be why Cocoa Puffs has been around over 50 years! And Sugar Smacks, Cap’n Crunch, Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms – oops, I’m dating myself.
How to choose a healthy cereal is based on the rule of 3: sugar, fiber and sodium. A general rule is to make selections of cereals with 10 g sugar or less, 5 g or more of fiber and less than 300 mg sodium – per serving.
So I got to checking and Cocoa Puffs ain’t so bad after all. It rocks in the sugar and sodium departments (10 g sugar, 150 mg sodium). It bites in fiber with only 2 grams. Here’s a trick I use – sprinkle 1/4 cup of Uncle Sam’s cereal (3/4 cup yields 10 g fiber, less than 1 g sugar and 135 mg sodium) in with the Cocoa Puffs and you brought the entire bowl up to 5 g fiber at the expense of just 63 calories! Voila!
There you have it. The secret is out. Be never more afraid of the cereal killer – you’re got the goods.