8. Cereals Low in Fiber
A diet rich in fiber keeps your digestive system on track and moves food through your system, where it can be properly absorbed and utilized. High fiber foods also keep you feeling full and prevent hunger pangs from striking again shortly after eating. Consuming breakfast cereals that are low in fiber can cause spikes in blood sugar that soon plummet and leave you feeling hungry and cranky. It may be obvious, but cereals like Cap’n Crunch, Smorz, and Honey Graham Oh’s are poor choices with less than 1 gram of fiber per serving.
7. Cereals Without Nutrient Value
Chances are, if your cereal is brightly colored, shaped in round balls or cutesy designs, or filled with marshmallows, it doesn’t have a lot of nutritional content. These cereals may taste sweet and fill up your belly long enough to get you out the door in the morning. However, they won’t provide the fuel necessary to keep you alert and productive throughout the day. To sustain your energy, choose a serving of Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, homemade granola, or a handful of nuts. Add a slice of whole grain toast and start your day with a nutritious breakfast that takes only minutes to prepare.
6. Pre-Packaged Granola
Granola seems like a healthy food choice when it contains whole grains, dried fruit, and crunchy nuts. However, pre-packaged and highly processed granola products often contain loads of sugar and extra calories. You can make your own granola at home, allowing you to control the sugar content. Gimme Some Oven has a recipe for The Best Healthy Granola that uses maple syrup as a sweetener. This recipe takes only 35 minutes to prepare and can be tweaked by using different dried fruits, nuts and spices.