How to Enjoy a Healthy Breakfast

Looking to start your day with a healthy breakfast? Make sure you know what you're feeding your body

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Not sure what constitutes as a healthy breakfast? Not all cereals are created equal

Cereal is a convenient way to ensure the most important meal of the day – breakfast – fits into a busy life. But, if not carefully selected, the calories and added sugar can make it resemble dessert more than a wholesome option.

When choosing a cereal, hone in on three items on the label: sugar, fibre and protein. Limit sugar to less than eight grams per serving. Ideally, the fibre is two grams or more and the protein is greater than five grams per serving.

Fibre and protein aid in slowing digestion, allowing a longer feeling of fullness. Nutrients are released at a steady pace rather than all at once.

Healthy Cereals

A few cereals that fall within these guidelines include: Post Shredded Wheat, Kashi GOLEAN, Kellogg’s All Bran, Post Grape-Nuts and Kellogg’s Unfrosted Mini Wheat Bites. If extra sweetness is desired, add fresh fruit such as banana slices, blueberries or dried cranberries.

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Breakfast Cereal Alternatives

Alternatively, take a break from dry cereal or make it an occasional food only. Instead, opt for these five super- nutritious breakfasts:

  • A steamy bowl of oatmeal topped with toasted almonds, warm applesauce and cinnamon.
  • A two-egg omelette filled with sautéed mushrooms, spinach and a sprinkle of cheese.
  • A poached egg and sliced salmon on one slice of quality wholegrain toast.
  • A kale, mango, apple and yogurt smoothie.
  • A homemade egg, vegetable and ham breakfast sandwich with orange slices on the side.