Excuse the cheesiness, but isn’t that the truth? It’s hard to get excited about a cold bowl of miscellaneous flakes when the temperatures are dropping. There is something unappealing about pouring cold milk onto cold cereal when snow is collecting outside. Around here, nothing gets us out of bed on a drizzly day like a hot bowl of our favorite whole grain cereal.
Freezing weather or not, whole grain hot cereal is an ideal way to kick off any day. With the staying power of whole grains, hot cereal can warm you up and keep you going through the morning. The fiber and protein found in our hot cereals keep blood sugar from spiking (and consequently crashing) and help promote healthy digestion.
Truth is, most of us also like a touch of sugar, milk and/or butter with our hot cereal. A little sugar is fine for most of us; try to make the choice to add these things in moderation. We’ve collected some suggestions for taking your hot cereal to the next level of delicious, but still keep your breakfast on the healthy side.
- Add nut butter (peanut, almond, etc) or an egg to your cereal to boost flavor and protein and really kick start your day with a breakfast that will fuel you until lunch.
- Add some flaxseed meal, chia seed, hemp seed or pumpkin seed to increase your fiber and omega-3 intake to support a healthy heart.
- Fresh, frozen or dried fruit also make a great addition to boost flavor and add vitamins and antioxidants.
- Add a few tablespoons of canned (or fresh) pumpkin for a decadent, holiday-themed breakfast. Pumpkin is loaded with Vitamin A, Potassium, and Zinc, making it a great addition to a whole grain breakfast.
- Adding a sprinkle of cinnamon to your cereal will aid in stabilizing your blood sugar, not to mention that a little cinnamon can add a big flavor boost.
- Take it savory! Try this: add shredded cheese, sliced green onions, a dash of salsa and top with an egg for delicious and healthy Mexican dish.
Still want some inspiration? Try one of these recipes for a truly special breakfast.