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7/23/13 8:00 P

They all have too much sugar, too much processed grains... none of them, "healthy" or otherwise, are any good for you.

We're allowed some oatmeal - ONLY the steel-cut oatmeal - never the quick oats or any of the flavored packets. But I rarely even eat the steel-cut, because it uses up my whole day's allotment of carbs. Just isn't worth it. I'll do it sometimes as a treat, because I do love it.

Good luck finding one that works with your plan.

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7/23/13 5:29 P

Check out Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal (look in the natural food section of the grocery store or in a health food store to find it) - it has 6 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein, no sugar, 1 gram of fat, and only 200 mg. of sodium. It's a bit pricey, but I like to mix it with yogurt as it reminds me of Grapenuts.

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7/23/13 4:37 P

I agree that reading the labels is the best way to go and I also agree that Kashi has some great cereals!

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7/23/13 4:32 P

emoticon another Kashi fan - read the labels; some are MUCH better than others

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7/23/13 3:59 P

You've gotten a lot of great answers already, but you'll probably benefit greatly from spending some time in the cereal isle just comparing the nutrition labels. Pick up your top five and then compare two of them side by side until you come up with the top 2. (I look at serving size, calories, sugar, protein and fiber.) Then pick up a few that you THINK are healthy and compare them with your top 2. Time-consuming, I know, but doing this taught me a LOT and helped me narrow down my choices considerably.

Personally, I find that a high fiber cereal with skim milk followed by a big glass of water keeps me going until my mid-morning snack just fine. It's quick, easy, relatively inexpensive, and there are enough choices to keep me from getting bored.

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7/23/13 2:25 P

I would suggest skipping cereal all together and go with the oats everyday as they are the best for you and you can buy them in bulk.

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7/23/13 12:24 P

In the winter, I prefer steel cut oats. I cook a batch once a week and keep them in single servings in the fridge. In the summer, I make a batch of granola and store it in jars in the fridge. It will last up to a month. I generally have berries with greek yogurt topped with 1/4 cup granola.

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7/23/13 12:18 P

I enjoy Kashi Heart to Heart. I picked it several years ago due to calories and fiber/serving. Also serving size was reasonably filling when accompanied by some berries or banana.

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7/23/13 10:47 A

I sometimes eat frosted shredded wheat or one of the Kashi sweetened cereals, or the $1/bag sweetened Mexican puffed wheat/rice cereals, BUT I consider those a dessert, not breakfast.

For breakfast I do like Cheerios, with fruit and low-fat milk. I tend to buy whatever is really super cheap or something I have a good coupon for, which means I fairly often end up with Wheat Chex, raisin bran, or bran flakes. I've been known to buy bran flakes and add plain raisins, which cuts down on the sugar compared to raisin bran.

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7/23/13 9:27 A

I occasionally will eat a hot grain like amaranth for BF

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7/23/13 9:02 A

Honeynut Cheerios
Bran Flakes
Special K

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7/23/13 8:23 A

I love the Special K Fruit & Yougert but lately I've been on a Frosted Mini Wheats kick!

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7/23/13 8:18 A

If I eat a cereal (which is rare) it's steel cut oats, which I cook in batches, mixed with apples, cinnamon and/or dried fruit. I often use coconut or almond milk (unsweetened) as the liquid.

Sometimes I'll eat cooked quinoa, prepared similarly and frozen in portions.

No boxed chemicals for me.
Sorry I cannot help you there.

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7/23/13 8:01 A

Only oatmeal.

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7/23/13 7:51 A

Oatmeal in the winter, none in the summer

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7/23/13 7:45 A

all bran

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7/23/13 7:17 A

Cheerios OR Quaker Instant Hot cereal with Dates, Raisins and Walnuts (depending on the season and/or the weather

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7/23/13 6:38 A


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7/23/13 5:35 A


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7/23/13 4:31 A

Shredded Wheat

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7/23/13 3:25 A

Muesli and skimmed milk

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7/23/13 1:33 A

Oat bran with blueberries and strawberries

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7/23/13 1:06 A

Kashi Go Lean cereal emoticon emoticon

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7/23/13 12:43 A

When I eat cold cereal I like Trader Joe's corn flakes (the box without added sugar) and I add honey to it and 6 almonds with almost 2 cups of 2% milk. Higher in calories than other things I have for breakfast but so good and I just make sure I stay in my calorie range for the day.

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7/22/13 10:34 P

old-Cheerios, hot-Oatmeal

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7/22/13 10:31 P

special k

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7/22/13 9:49 P


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7/22/13 9:32 P


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7/22/13 9:28 P

I don't eat cereal by itself... makes me tired and hungry again shortly after.

I put 1/3 cup Kashi Go Lean, High Protein, High Fiber cereal on my Greek yogurt parfaits.

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7/22/13 9:11 P

Cold cereal -- Cherrios, Shredded Wheat, Kashi Cinnamon Harvest

I usually top Greek yogurt with a tablespoon of granola

I eat oatmeal a few times a week

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7/22/13 9:09 P

Oatmeal and shredded wheat

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7/22/13 9:00 P

Multi Grain Cherrios

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7/22/13 8:14 P

I eat Special K cereal and oatmeal.

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7/22/13 7:44 P

I have a new love of the Kashi Go Lean cereals. They're really good and keep me filled for hours.

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7/22/13 7:22 P

I was once a hard-core cold cereal eater. But I have all but given it up entirely. I find it is too many calories for the amount of "lasting fullness" it provides. It seems to burn off so fast and leave me hungry for more! Most cold cereals are very highly processed, refined flour and lots of added sugar. That said, I have eaten various Kashi products in the past, and as far as a cold cereal goes, those are reasonably nutritious and filling.

Now the only cereal I eat, is oatmeal soaked into my yogurt.

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7/22/13 7:01 P

Besides hot cereals, we eat a lot of Cheerios without sugar, but with fruit. They are supposed to be heart healthy. It took awhile to get used to eating them plain, but it works for us.

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7/22/13 6:39 P


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7/22/13 6:16 P

The message thread question is different from what you really want.

What cereal do I eat? Oatmeal

What cold cereals fall into the categories you mentioned? I don't know because I gave those up a couple of years ago. From what I remember, check the Kashi brands.

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7/22/13 6:13 P

I was just reading the information about choosing cereals and they all have so much sugar! The article said 5 grams of fiber, less than 5 grams of sugar, and at least 3 grams of protein. Does anyone know what cold cereals fall into this category?

Edited by: SMOORE2013 at: 7/23/2013 (10:09)

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