CFF_2016_03.07_National Cereal DayHappy National Cereal Day!

Growing up, my all-time favorite cereal was Cheerios. I ate them with milk, or without milk. I covered them with fresh fruit, or ate them straight from the box.

My tastes buds were later fascinated by Rice Krispies, Corn Chex, and the chocolatey crunch of Cocoa Pebbles.

When I started playing sports, I wanted to eat food that would help keep me energized.  I begged my mother to buy me the popular advertised cereals that provided high-fiber. Though I didn’t know all the best ways to stay healthy, I knew that if a cereal contained fiber it was good for you.

Fortified cereals

Fiber is an important nutrient. It works as a natural laxative and may help lower cholesterol. At least five servings of fruits and vegetables should be eaten every day. Fiber doesn’t cause a rush in a body’s sugar and insulin level. When eating fiber the body doesn’t store extra fat. Simple carbohydrates, however, are easy to digest, and cause blood sugar and insulin levels to spike. The body in turn, thinks that it has too much energy, and the simple carbs are stored as fat.

Cold breakfast cereals, and other foods, are fortified with other essential vitamins and nutrients in order for a person to achieve dietary goals. Cold cereal, served with cold milk (or warm) is also quick and easy to make.

Hot Cereals

Hot cereals are an alternative to cold breakfast cereals. These hot and healthy cereals provide whole grains, nutrients and phytochemicals (plant-derived compounds) that help protect our bodies from diseases. These phytochemicals are magnesium, selenium, copper, manganese, vitamin E, and phenolic acids. Warm cereal warm or stomachs and keep us full longer.

Favorite hot instant cereals are oatmeal, cream of wheat, Arrowhead Mills Instant Rice, and Arrowhead Instant Multigrain Cereal.  Most of these cereals take about three minutes to make and can be served hot with brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, bananas or other fruit.

Life in a rush

Of course the disadvantage of hot cereals are they take longer to prepare. I remember many mornings I was in a rush to leave the house. I lived a block away from my elementary school but I was late because I overslept.

A hot breakfast? Not today.

When I got to college I reverted to my old staple. Cold cereal.

Cold cereal is still a favorite among college students.

In a survey of favorite cereals, 1, 022 students at Notre Dame University voted on the top cereals they would like seen served in their dining halls. Results of the survey showed that students preferred the cereals, Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Frosted Flakes, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Students in other dining halls preferred cereals such as Quaker Oat Squares, Life and Wheaties.

You can’t beat a great cold (or hot) breakfast.


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