A bowl of cereal may seem like the perfect breakfast option. It’s fast, easy, and inexpensive, and it says it contains whole grains and high fiber. When you pour yourself a bowl of cereal, do you just randomly dump the box’s contents into a big bowl without measuring the amount? The typical “serving size” of cereal can actually fit in the palm of your hand. The box will say a ½ cup for one serving, but how many people only have one-half cup of cereal?
You may actually be pouring three to four cups, leading you to close to 700 calories, excluding the milk! And what if you are adding nuts or dried fruit, you could be close to a 1,000 calorie meal before 8am! Don’t let cereal be the reason you are not hitting your weight loss goal. Measuring your cereal could be the difference of 500 calories.
Breakfast cereals can be some of the most misleading food products when trying to determine the healthiest choice. Most cereals are marketed as healthy options, or boast claims such as ‘low fat’, ‘high in vitamins’ or high in iron’, these claims often cover up the real nutritional value of the product. Click HERE to see six cereals “approved” by TheFittChick, and check out THIS post to find out how switching to almond milk could save you hundreds of calories as well.
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