Breakfast cereal is a staple in any household with young kids. Yes, it’s true that many cereals contain way too much sugar and are very very processed, delivering little to no nutrition to our bodies. It really doesn’t help that those cereals are the ones with loud, colorful boxes, enticing every little child walking down the breakfast aisle. However, there are things we, mamas can do to make something as simple as breakfast be nutritious and yummy for the whole family!
Here are some tips to super-foodify your breakfast cereal.
- Choose healthy cereals: When choosing cereal, aim for ones that have less than 5g of sugar per serving. Here are a few of my favorites that are high in fiber, made with clean ingredients, and have little to no added sugar:
- Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Cereals
- Post Foods Grape Nuts
- Kashi 7 Whole Grain Nuggets
- Make DIY muesli
- Typically, muesli is made with raw rolled oats, a variety of nuts, seeds, and some dried fruit. It’s very easy to make and store. And the best part is, you know exactly what the ingredients are. No sweeteners and no oils to worry about!
- Here’s a simple recipe you can follow:
- 2 part raw rolled oats
- 1 part quinoa flakes
- 4 parts nuts and seeds of your choice (cashews, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds)
- 1 part dried fruit of your choice (currants, raisins, goji berries, cranberries)
- Mix together and serve with your favorite milk! (I found it delicious with oatmilk!)
- Top it off with fruits
- Our go-to fruits to eat with cereal are bananas and berries like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. They are especially great with cereals that are on the blander side by adding some sweetness to every bite.
- Add in some superfoods
- I love to add 1 tbsp of hemp seeds and/or 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed into my breakfast cereal for added omega-3, protein, vitamins, and minerals. The nutty flavor of the two superfoods changes the taste profile of a simple bowl of cereal to a palatable one!
- Try hot cereal like oatmeal!
- Instead of cold cereal in the morning, try a hot version instead like oatmeal. Check out my Healthy Hearty Breakfast Oatmeal recipe for a delicious and nutritious hot breakfast option for the whole family.
Hope you liked these bite-size health tips to make your bowl of cereal a nourishing one! Bon appétit!