Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Quick Fix and My Food Combo. of All-Time

If you're on the run and need a quick way to fuel your morning, cereal just may be one of your best options. Simply pour some cereal and splash it with some milk (or I prefer soymilk). However, be careful what you choose because cereal can be loaded with sugar and empty calories. This morning I had a bowl of Heritage Flakes. This cereal is packed with organic ingredients and contains 6 grams of fiber (22% of your daily needs) and 4 grams of protein, with a mere 4 grams of sugar. One serving accounts for just 110 Calories.

Some other healthful cereals I enjoy (In general order of healthiness):
-Kashi GoLean (11 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber! Add in some bananas, because although the cereal is not bad, it could use a little boost)
-Shredded Wheat (packed with fiber, also pairs well with slice banana)
-Total Whole Grain (Low calorie, fortified with vitamins)
-Cinammon Life (High in sugar, but made with whole grains, and provides 7 grams of protein. Eat more in moderation)

Those are just a few of the cereals I rotate around for breakfast. If you're trying to adjust from a more sugary cereal to one of the above options, try mixing a quarter of your favorite sweet cereal with 3/4 of one of the more nutritious cereals. Before you know it, you will gradually get used to the taste of the more simple cereals, and prefer them over a sickeningly sweet breakfast.

Pair your bowl of cereal with my favorite: BANANA WITH PEANUT BUTTER
I am constantly eating bananas with PB, whether it's for breakfast, a pre-run or post-run snack, or a late night indulgence. I absolutely love this combination. Quite frankly it could be one of my favorites, if not favorite thing to eat. I seem to never get sick of the combination. It's perfect for a morning start, as it combines fiborous, potassium-filled banana with a little bit of healthy fat and protein-loaded peanut butter. If you haven't tried it, it's a must do (unless you're allergic to peanuts that is, if so stay away and sorry for my ranting!).

A simple bowl of cereal paired with a banana and peanut butter will be sure to leave you full and satisfied all the way until lunch. So break open that banana and pop that box of cereal on your way out the door whenever you feel you're in a crunch for time.

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