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I like the Nature's Plan cereals. Most have high fiber and/or high protein, plus a considerably nicer-than-average ingredient list. I prefer a light breakfast, and ~ 250 calories of one of those (including milk) keeps me happy until morning snack time.
Nuts and peanut butter are good for you. Granola can be fine or terrible; it all depends on the ingredients.
I just don't find Cereal to ever fill me for more then a couple of hours. I usually have a low carb flax muffin that you make in a coffee cup in the morning and that fills me fine. Today I scrabbled some eggs with spinach, mushrooms and reduced fat feta and I'm feeling full. I do use the get fit granola at times with some yogurt but stick to about 1/4 cup. They make several different varieties and the ingredient list looks pretty stripped down. I usally do that for a bed time snack.
I agree with the others that granola can be healthy if you watch the sugars, particularly if it's homemade. A mix of oats and nuts with some honey or maple syrup? Not terrible. Especially if eaten with yogurt instead of being the main focus itself.
For peanut butter, I'd say that you definitely need to get natural peanut butter. Ingredients should read peanuts and nothing else. Then, it's pretty healthy, though it is high in fat so it's good to limit it.
I don't eat a lot of packaged goods. But whenever I've looked in the grocery store I'm always amazed at the amount of sugar in things. Don't know about special k specifically though.
Rolled outs with some walnuts and a bit of honey or jam keeps me pretty full. 2 minutes in the microwave, so it's not really time consuming to prepare.
Homemade granola is super easy, smells delicious as its roasting in the oven,and lets you control the amount of sugar. I use freeze dried fruit instead of the super sugary dried fruit, like raisins. You can add pecans or almonds any favorite nuts. I like to mix it with Greek yogurt and1/2 a sliced banana and it is very filling!
With peanut butter again watch the sugar content. I like trader joes raw almond butter. Yum.
I like granola and, if you look around, you can find a brand with less added sugar than most cereals (and more fiber too). The brand I like has less added sugar than cheerios. You can also make your own. It can be a good-for-you item if you choose the right brand or make from scratch.. I'll eat two servings of granola on top of a serving of greek yogurt and it's definitely nutritious. The combo has lots and lots of protein, heart-healthy fat (from the almonds in the granola), fiber and also is balanced so far as carbohydrate content.
Peanut butter--good for you (heart-healthy fat) if you choose a brand without added oils and weigh it out before eating so you know how many calories you're eating.
Nuts--good for you (heart-healthy fat). Just weigh them out because a serving size is small and it's easy to eat too many calories.
If you like hot cereal, I highly recommend Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal. I have it with reduced sugar craisins, unsweetened coconut, a tiny bit of brown sugar and 1/4 cup skim milk, and it keeps me from about 8:30 am til after noon. Plus it's yummy!
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I think granola is one of those neither good or bad things. Like, it doesn't have a ton of nutritional value, but it's not horrible for you either. The biggest issue with it is the store bought varieties can have a lot of added sugar. That being said, I use 1/3 of a cup (half a serving) of a store-bought granola in my breakfast with yogurt, apples, and cinnamon. It just adds a nice flavor and texture that I like and it makes my breakfast more enjoyable.
Peanut butter is not bad at all, but you have to watch your amounts. 2 tbsp of it is almost 200 calories... so not a lot of bang for your buck. But it does have some protein in it that can help fill you up. Same thing for nuts... high in calorie but does have some good nutritional value. I reserve them for when I'm out and about and can't eat a normal meal.
As for the Special K items... I avoid them. If you really look at them they don't provide a lot of nutrition, even though they tout "high protein".
I can't think of any cereal that is all that filling. I feel like most cereals (not counting hot ones like oatmeal) are empty calories. I use them more when I just want a sweet treat... not as a meal. You can try doing oatmeal and add in things like fruit and a bit of peanut butter and see if that keeps you full.
Merely its if you want to spend calories on something with less nutrients or not.
Frankly, most granola is sugar coated... make your own un-sweetened if you want something crunchy, and use as a topping for yogurt etc rather than just a bowl of carbs.
Peanut butter, I would say healthy, but certainly something you HAVE to measure out.
Nuts, very healthy, but again, MUST be weighed out.
Special K? Overpriced, over hyped junk food.
You will be hard pushed to find any cereal alone to keep you full as they are by nature very low in protein and thats a major part in remaining feeling full. If you like the cereal, use it to top yogurt or cottage cheese, or quark rather than just cereal.
A bowl of carbs with no fat and no protein won't leave anybody full for long.
Edited by: -POOKIE- at: 3/19/2013 (14:07)
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What do you think about Granola? Most granola I see, its not that healthy. What about peanut butter? What about nuts? What about all the Special K items?
I'm also looking for a good cereal that will keep me full till lunch..at least for 3 hours.
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