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Hello, I am a young and active person who cares a lot about my health. I love healthy foods! What is the best choice for breakfast, oatmeal or cereal? If so what Which ones and in what fashion? I get hungry lol. I love almond milk too. Thanks

Answer:

Hi, I would go with Oatmeal over cereal, although it really depends on what cereal you are talking about. Many cereals are made from fortified processed grains and flours. What this means is that during the manufacturing process, they have been processed to an extent where many of the beneficial nutrients have been lost. In an attempt to restore some nutritional value, vitamins and minerals are then added back to the product. The problem is that synthetic vitamins and minerals are often not as bio-available, and there for not as well absorbed by the body. This applies to the majority of commercially available cereals. Oatmeal from whole oats, has not undergone this process, so its nutritional value is still intact. Also look for organically grown, as this means use the use of pesticides and fertilizers are restricted. There are companies out their making organic natural cereals that have not been processed, but you may need to look in the natural organic section of your supermarket or online to find them.

Cereal recommendation

I have a habit of having cereal for dinner. Always with skim milk. Mostly I’ve stuck to Great Grains’ Raisins, Dates, and Pecans. Recently it occurred to me that there might be a better option. I admit that it’s usually 2 cups because, well, it’s dinner. Can you recommend a healthier choice? I’m trying to get at least a serving of fiber, protein, and fruit.

Answer:

I would definitely recommend that you move away from eating cereal for dinner, the cereal you mentioned contains a fair amount of both sugar and corn syrup as well as canola oil. I presume you are eating cereal at breakfast also? Cereals are not the most nutritious foods as they are in the main sugar and fat combined together will little protein. Its not to say you cant eat them, but to regularly consume them twice a day is not forming a balanced diet and could lead to nutritional deficiencies. If you are looking to eat a different cereal I would consider switching to oatmeal and use a little honey to sweeten it. Unfortunately as an evening meal, eating a sugary, fatty meal is not ideal either, as its best to focus more on a protein source with a small amount of carbohydrates and fat. Your metabolism is at its slowest in the evening, so its best to minimise fat and carbohydrate sources and focus more on protein. I would suggest you try to focus on basing your evening meal on a protein source whether it is poultry, meat or fish source and then consume a small amount of carbs from a small serving of rice or sweet potato. greens such as spinach, kale and broccoli are rich in nutrients, low in calories and rich in fiber also.