One, two, three: A cheer for Cheerios! After consulting various nutrition experts, GQ recently named it the healthiest choice for a quick cold breakfast cereal. "A cup of Cheerios is 100 calories and the first ingredient is whole-grain oats," says registered dietitian Kim Kirchherr. And a big bonus when it comes to Cheerios: It's remarkably low in sugar when compared to other products. Our tip: It's also available in cereal cups, so if you're really in a rush to get off to work or school, take a cup with you and add milk when you're at your desk - get more details by clicking here.
One serving has just one gram of sugar. Add on fresh fruit and you get a boost in fiber from those whole grain oats in Cheerios. Why is that important? You reduce your risk of type two diabetes and heart disease by eating this holistically healthy choice. Plus: "Cereal is a vessel for a lot of other good stuff," comments Jim White, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "Fruit is a great way to increase fiber. It'll keep you full longer."
What should you put on that cereal? Here are some options:
- Jim White likes organic skim milk. "It has protein to build muscles, calcium to help support strong bones, electrolytes to help replace after a hard workout, and water to help hydrate the body. It's one of the perfect foods for men."
- Got a sweet tooth? Skip the sugar and try naturally sweet Blue Diamond Almond Coconut, Unsweetened Vanilla with just 45 calories per cup (click for details).
- Boost the protein but bypass the lactose, which can cause digestive problems for some people, with enriched soy milk, such as ZenSoy Soy-On-The-Go Soymilk (click for details).