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7/20/12 5:38 A

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Yes Mini wheats with the frosting I would consider a treat. If you are looking for some healthy options that are naturally sweet try some dates.

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7/19/12 8:49 P

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I love the idea of using the rice cooker. I don't eat cereal in the morning, usually for a bedtime snack. I need fiber, but usually too lazy to cook. The rice cooker is a fantastic idea. Thanks!!

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7/19/12 1:30 P

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I am a huge oatmeal fan...but I prefer to eat it during the fall and winter months. For the summer I try to something cooler...with fresh fruit. But I am a hot cereal kinda girl when it starts getting crisp outside.

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7/19/12 8:56 A

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Another cereal that I have tried is-- the Old Fashioned Oatmeal

1/4 cup has 0 sugar grams. Cook it yourself on the stove and it is really delicious You can
cut up a apple or small banana to eat with it.

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7/19/12 12:27 A

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No matter how you look it, "healthy breakfast cereal" is an oxymoron. Heavily processed, refined carbs, often containing HFCS, and sometimes enriched with additives and preservatives and extra sugar. starting the day... how is that helping us break the sweet cravings?
If you still feel that grains are an essential part of your diet -- though even SparkPeople acknowledges that these high carb items can slow weight loss and increase cravings -- then you might consider organic whole oat groats as an occasional treat. Adding a bit of cinnamon & nutmeg and maybe one diced apple to the mixture, then setting the electric rice cooker to be ready for the next morning's breakfast gives a hearty hot sweet breakfast that is at least more 'natural' than boxed cereal. It is still rather deficient in protein and fat for a first meal however, so must be supplemented.. -- MBG

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7/18/12 8:46 P

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Great suggestions I hadn't thought of...Thank you!

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7/18/12 11:10 A

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I am going to try the cheerios and the shredded wheat maybe with some natural dried fruit it will be naturally sweetened!
Thanks for the ideas...

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7/18/12 11:07 A

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I've been getting the Post shredded wheat, spoon size. It has 0 grams of sugar.

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7/18/12 7:33 A

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Brown Rice Krispies have 3 g of sugar and lots of vitamins and fiber. Regular cherrios are good, but I don't have a box to tell you the sugar content. Check those out.

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7/18/12 5:26 A

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When you think about how most processed cereals are high carb with very few other ingredients that actually keep you full, it's easy to see how they contribute to cravings.

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7/17/12 9:03 P

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I think I have to give up my cereal!!!

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7/17/12 3:40 P

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I liked the sherded what blocks with 0% sugar. But I know some times you want a little something sweet. I was checking cereals Special K (chocolatey delight only 9% and Special K blueberry is 7%) So I guess if you want some with a little sweet you might want to think of 1 of these? I know that SpecialK has others but these are 2 that my daughter likes. Hope that this might help emoticon emoticon

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7/17/12 1:31 P

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So much variety! Eggs, egg whites (with broccoli slaw mixed in), smoothies with bananas, greek yogurt and spinach ice cubes (can't taste the spinach!), vegan overnight oats (recipe below), hot oatmeal with egg whites stirred in, pancakes with greek yogurt... those are my favorites.

Here is the recipe to basic vegan overnight oats (I leave out the vanilla extract because a ripe banana is plenty sweet for me now):
ohsheglows.com/2010/04/08/easy-vegan
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I also like to substitute the banana with 1/2 cup of pumpkin and add pumpkin spice - yum!

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7/17/12 1:11 P

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Congrats! That's awesome to hear! What do you eat for breakfast? Any suggestions would be great... I just love the taste of the frosting but I know it can't be good for me.... I've tried oatmeal w/berries of different sorts... it works, as well as protein shakes.

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7/17/12 10:48 A

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It can be done - I haven't had a processed breakfast cereal since January 1st, and I don't miss it all that much because I've found delicious alternatives with no added sugar or substitutes.

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7/17/12 9:49 A

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One of the biggest lessons learned from this challenge is exactly this point....look at all the items that have additional sugar. How many of them are advertised as healthy? Good luck on cutting them out if that is your goal. I've learned to be cognizant of my choices and moderate more but haven't cut the "sweet tooth" out completely by doing this challenge.

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7/17/12 9:34 A

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Absolutely - that's a sweet. There's almost 12 g of sugar in one serving! Yikes.

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7/17/12 9:05 A

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Great news, congrats! As for the cereal - probably. Read the ingredients! Does it have sugar? If so, it is sweet.

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7/17/12 8:53 A

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I am doing ok so far ignoring the chocolates... so far! Is Mini Wheats with the frosting considered 'sweets' as well.....just wondering because I like to have some of that at times... can anyone let me know on that one?

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