Do you love cereal? It’s not just for your breakfast bowl. Check out these 22 delicious recipes featuring cereal by fellow RDs and food bloggers in my healthy cereal recipe roundup!
I LOVE cereal- like Seinfeld obsessed with cereal. I could have 15 boxes in my house at any given time. My kids like cereal as snacks, even my 16-year-old son has a bowl of cereal before bed every night. March 7th is National Cereal Day! Apparently, it was created to commemorate the anniversary of the invention of corn flakes by William and John Kellogg in the late 19th century. Fine with me, I don’t need an excuse to celebrate my devotion to cereal. While I am a total breakfast lover (it’s absolutely my favorite meal), cereal can be enjoyed in an infinite number of ways at any time of the day.
How to choose a healthy cereal:
I do have some personal criteria for choosing a cereal and my clients are always asking for some suggestions on navigating the cereal aisle. My guidelines are pretty simple:
1. Contains mostly whole grains with the first ingredient as whole grain wheat, oats, kamut, quinoa, sorghum etc.
2. Contains less than 6 grams of sugar per serving – usually ¾-1 cup. This is where it falls apart a lot of the time. Anything with “clusters” usually packs a fair amount of sugar even though they may seem like a wholesome choice.
3. Contains at least 3 grams of fiber per serving, preferably more.
4. No artificial food dyes, period. It’s a pretty good sign of an unhealthy cereal. And beware for “healthy” appearing cereals that are not bright blue. Life cereal contains food dyes. Yes, Mikey, there’s yellow 5 and yellow 6 in your favorite cereal.
Thank you to all who shared their cereal recipes for my Healthy Cereal Recipe Roundup:
Breakfast and Snacks:
Whole Wheat Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins via fANNEtastic food
5 Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars via fANNEfastic food
STRAWBERRY KIWI GRANOLA via Healthy Helper Blog
Not So Trashy Candy via Healthy Helper Blog
No Sugar Added Cinnamon Apple Granola via Healthy Helper Blog
Cherry Chocolate Cereal Mix via Run Wiki
Peanut Butter Puff Granola via Strength and Sunshine
Clean PB2 Chocolate Coconut Cereal Bars via The Happy Health Freak
Orange Hemp Seed Granola via Strength and Sunshine
Mango Tahini Date Cereal Bars via Love Me Feed Me
Healthy Heart Munch via Super Market Nutrition
Healthy Holiday Apple and Pumpkin Crisps via Abbey’s Kitchen
Mom’s Any-time Mix via Kumquat blog
No-Bake Protein Bars via The Lean Green Bean
Chewy Chocolatly Cheerios Bars via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bars via Better is the New Perfect
Spicy Gluten Free Chicken Tenders via Nutrition Starring YOU
Healthy & Easy French Chicken Cassoulet via Abbey’s Kitchen
Low Fat Asian Holiday Cocktail Meatballs with Hoisin Apple Glaze via Abbey’s Kitchen
What is your favorite cereal, and your favorite way to eat it? With milk? Added fruit? By the handful? Please share in the comments below: