2. Supermarket Boxed Cereals
Fruit Loops, Cocoa Puffs, Honey Nut Cheerios, these store-bought cereals are meant to appeal to the sweet teeth of big and little kids as they wander the grocery aisles. Most of these processed cereals are jam-packed with sugar and will only lead to an energy crash sometime after 10:30am. Plus, the recommended serving size of ¼ cup will never satiate your appetite. You’re bound to consume double or triple the amount of empty calories and sugar in your bowl. “Some cereals are full of carbohydrates and sugar,” says Jean LaMantia, registered dietitian and author of the Essential Cancer Treatment and Nutrition Guide Cookbook to Best Health.
A cereal is considered healthy when its made up of good nutrition–including a high source of fiber and protein, packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and low in refined sugars, sodium, and Trans fats. Look for a cereal that’s high in whole grains (i.e., oats, barley, spelt, kamut, and quinoa) as well as heart-healthy fats (i.e., raw nuts and seeds), and natural sugars (i.e., raw honey or real maple syrup) as a healthy way start to your day.