How many of you could just go for a nice bowl of cold cereal? Does this look like a meal to you? It is for many of us struggling to find enough hours in a day to make a dinner let alone muster up the extra 15 minutes of a 5am morning to make real food for breakfast. Coincidentally, that is exactly what we need first thing in the morning. A nice tall glass of water and a breakfast that is balanced and fulfilling.
I remember looking at cereal commercials as a child and seeing a plate of toast, fruit, maybe eggs next to the bowl of cereal. As things have changed cereal has become "the meal" instead of a supplement to the meal. Cereal is not meant to serve as your main meal. Vitamins and minerals, proteins and whole grains should come from foods that go through the least amount of processing as possible.
When our family chose to go waste-free for the HLN segment, we finished up the cereal. We recently bought a box last week. It had been four months since we bought a box and I had a bowl of "high fiber, whole grain" cereal the other day. After eating the cereal I felt sluggish and my allergies were triggered. It made me realize first hand how cereal, as a highly processed food, can affect us. I want to challenge you to go 3 days no cereal. Here are three alternatives that will help incorporate whole foods while eliminating processed food as a breakfast staples:
1. Real Oatmeal - Take 10 minutes out of the morning and make oatmeal add a few berries, walnuts and a drizzle of honey and you have the perfect balanced meal.
2. Boiled Eggs - Eggs provide the perfect balance of protein and fat (if you eat the yolk). Take time to boil a few on Sunday to start your week and grab one on the go. No cooking time necessary.
3. Fresh Fruit - Fresh fruit provides vitamins, minerals and even water that you missed while sleep. Grab an apple coupled with almond butter or a slice of cheese.