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January 28, 2010 9:55 PM
So i have been eating cereal for breakfast (1/2 cup of honey bunches of oats and 1/2 cup of crispy rice) but my trainer said i needed to incorporate more fiber so i went to the store and purchased raisin bran.. I ate it this morning and logged it in and was SHOCKED to find out it had 19 grams of SUGAR in 1 cup!!!! This is more than frosted flakes! can you believe that! What is your favorite cereal and why? I am looking to start my day with more fiber and protein.
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January 28, 2010 10:02 PM
Steel Cut Oatmeal with a small splash of heavy cream and a packet of stevia.
2 eggs scrambled with veggies scrambled in
2 or 3 pieces of nitrate free bacon or fresh made sage sausage.
Coffee and water..............
January 28, 2010 10:02 PM
Yes..I know I ate it today & now my tummy is way out thereohwell ohwell ohwell

How about shredded wheat? there's no sugar on it at all. It's great with some banana on it for natural sweetness or some other kind of fruit.

Mmmm can't wait till tomorrow's breakfast nowdrinker
January 28, 2010 10:03 PM
Most cereals are not good for you. Just empty carbs and calories that get metabolized fast, can cause blood sugar spikes and leave you feeling hungry and blah from the blood sugar roller coaster.
January 28, 2010 10:03 PM
funny, I don't usually eat cereal for breakfast because it always leaves me hungry an hour later. But lately I've been really lazy about breakfast and at the store yesterday I decided to stock some cereal for those particular mornings when oatmeal seems too difficult.
So...

I found Kashi Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax.
200 calories for a 1 cup serving, 8g fiber and 9g protein (which is pretty good for a dry cereal; I haven't found anything better).
January 28, 2010 10:04 PM
I'm not a cereal person (yes I LOVE it, but I don't like to waste my calories on such small quantities:o) but I think the Special K cereals are lower in sugar than most. The plain Special K has something like 4gr and the kind with red berries has about 10 I think. Not great but it's better than 19. Most any cereal is gonna have a good bit of sugar in it unfortunately unless you go for the tasteless cardboard flavored varieties!
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January 28, 2010 10:06 PM
I love Honey Nut Chex, Just Bunches (just the clusters from Honey Bunches of Oats), or Chocolate Cheerios... they all are probably loaded with sugar, but paired with skim or 1% milk, any of them make for a yummy breakfast with lots of vitamins that keep me going until lunch.

Honey Nut Chex = 120 for 3/4 cup

Just Bunches = 250 calories for 2/3 cup

Chocolate Cheerios = 100 calories for 3/4 cup
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January 28, 2010 10:08 PM
QUOTE:

Most cereals are not good for you. Just empty carbs and calories that get metabolized fast, can cause blood sugar spikes and leave you feeling hungry and blah from the blood sugar roller coaster.


that is exactly what my trainer told me but i am not a morning person and i am usually running out the door.. so i have cereal, and a hard boiled egg... any fast better suggestions?
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January 28, 2010 10:10 PM
Okay I LOVE cereal and I wish more of it was healthy (Lucky Charms, anyone? lol).

My current favorite cereal combination is some original Fiber One cereal with some Kix! Fiber One doesn't contain any sugar and has a TON of fiber. Kix is also very low in sugar and calories. For 1/2 cup of Fiber One cereal (which is very filling), it's only 60 calories, and I believe Kix is 110 or so for 1.25 cups. That's a pretty big serving for those calories!
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January 28, 2010 10:12 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Most cereals are not good for you. Just empty carbs and calories that get metabolized fast, can cause blood sugar spikes and leave you feeling hungry and blah from the blood sugar roller coaster.


that is exactly what my trainer told me but i am not a morning person and i am usually running out the door.. so i have cereal, and a hard boiled egg... any fast better suggestions?


Make a crock pot full of steel cut oats. Package in "to go" containers and put in fridge. Boil your eggs for the week and have fruit cleaned and ready to go in snack bag containers.........

Another idea for good protein and fat that will keep you full.

Full fat yogurt (Greek style such as Fage or Mountain High is a good and tasty one) with some fresh fruit and nuts sprinkled on top. Very filling, satisfying and keeps you full from the protein and the fat.
January 28, 2010 10:16 PM
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Most cereals are not good for you. Just empty carbs and calories that get metabolized fast, can cause blood sugar spikes and leave you feeling hungry and blah from the blood sugar roller coaster.


that is exactly what my trainer told me but i am not a morning person and i am usually running out the door.. so i have cereal, and a hard boiled egg... any fast better suggestions?


Make a crock pot full of steel cut oats. ag containers.........

Another idea for good protein and fat that will keep you full.

Full fat yogurt (Greek style such as Fage or Mountain High is a good and tasty one) with some fresh fruit and nuts sprinkled on top. Very filling, satisfying and keeps you full from the protein and the fat.


mmm both of those sound very good.. i will try them next week!! thanks for your insight!
  395766
January 28, 2010 10:20 PM
From what I understand, most of the sugar in raisin bran come from the raisins... so it is natural sugar and really not that bad for you! Natural fruit sugars are good for you!

You should try Fiber 1 cereals! VERY GOOD and low sugar. Tons of fiber too!
Edited by jennymunson On January 28, 2010 10:21 PM
January 28, 2010 10:27 PM
My fitness trainer says the same thing about the ceral I was eating by the bowl full. Now I only add three tablespoons of granola for my fiber into my soy yogurt. Get my protein too. If I let it sit it softens a bit and its real good.
January 28, 2010 10:33 PM
QUOTE:

From what I understand, most of the sugar in raisin bran come from the raisins... so it is natural sugar and really not that bad for you! Natural fruit sugars are good for you!

You should try Fiber 1 cereals! VERY GOOD and low sugar. Tons of fiber too!


Sugar coated raisins are not healthy................All raisin bran has sugar coated raisins......

And if the OP has blood sugar issues of any sort, raisins should not be consumed.
January 29, 2010 5:11 AM
My current cereal of choice (which is very yummy) is Special K Cinnamon Pecan.

3/4 of a cup (without milk) has the following nutrtional info:

120 cals
2g fat
0 cholesterol
180 mg sodium
60 mg potassium
25g of carbs
2g protein

For me it's one of the best tasting cereals out there that's actually good for you.
January 29, 2010 5:15 AM
QUOTE:

From what I understand, most of the sugar in raisin bran come from the raisins... so it is natural sugar and really not that bad for you! Natural fruit sugars are good for you!

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Yes most of the sugar is from raisins, which is better than eating the sugar in a bowl of Lucky Charms or something like it. It's all about moderation and portion control if you still want to eat this cereal.
Edited by Nelski On January 29, 2010 5:15 AM
January 29, 2010 7:17 AM
I don't eat cereal that often because I try to eat a heavier protein breakfast, but when I do this is what I make:

1/2c of fiber one
about 6 almonds - 12 almonds
1 TBSP dried cherries (no sugar added)
some flax seed
1/2 c unflavored soymilk
Edited by frabjak On January 29, 2010 7:19 AM
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January 29, 2010 7:27 AM
I like the Kashi Cereals....The original GoLean has 10g of fiber per cup and only 6 grams of sugar....

I don't agree that all cereals are bad....original rice crispies, wheat chex, bran flakes, and cheerios are low in sugar, too.....
January 29, 2010 7:28 AM
my dietian calls this her "ultimate power mix" it's really just a bunch of cereals mixed together so you get the good benefits from all of them

Combine one box each:
Cheerios (10 oz)
Grape Nuts (16 oz)
Bite-Size Shredded Wheat (17.2 oz)
Fiber One

1 cup = 170 calories 11g fiber 1.5g sugar 230mg sodium


It's really not bad......and honestly who woulda thought? lol
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January 29, 2010 7:33 AM
so i was eating the special k cereal with 1% milk and it didn't do me much good during the week it is hard for me to make a healthy breakfast so during the week i will have a yogurt yoplait or fiber 1, and on the weekend i will make me an egg white omelette with mushrooms and tomato or a cup of cream of wheat. i manage to do well on the weekends.
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January 29, 2010 7:34 AM
I love the idea of mixing different cereals - What a great idea!
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January 29, 2010 7:36 AM
I love Kashi cereals, I usually have the Go-Lean or the Autumn Wheat. They have some protein (I think 13 g for the Go-Lean and 6g for the Autumn Wheat) and have fiber (6g for the Go-Lean and 7g for the Autumn Wheat), while being low in sugar (6g for Go-Lean and 7g for the Autumn Wheat).

Sometimes, I'll do fruit and yogurt sprinkled with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the Go-Lean.

Sometimes, I'll eat an apple and 20 almonds. Not quite as filling, but good for on the run. I'll just eat a snack between breakfast and lunch in this case.
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January 29, 2010 9:08 AM
QUOTE:

my dietian calls this her "ultimate power mix" it's really just a bunch of cereals mixed together so you get the good benefits from all of them

Combine one box each:
Cheerios (10 oz)
Grape Nuts (16 oz)
Bite-Size Shredded Wheat (17.2 oz)
Fiber One

1 cup = 170 calories 11g fiber 1.5g sugar 230mg sodium


It's really not bad......and honestly who woulda thought? lol


what about the carbs?
January 29, 2010 9:39 AM
Fiber One Original cereal, 0 grams of sugar & 14 grams of fiber per 1/2 cup serving
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January 29, 2010 9:42 AM
THANKS!! all these ideas are awesome!! This morning my boyfriend woke up early and made me a healthy breakfast:

3 egg whites
1 eggo blueberry waffle (w/ low cal sugar free syrup)
and turkey sausage

well i am sure i couldve done without the sugary eggo waffle but it was OHHH soo good and 3 hrs later i am still feeling full!!!
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