Cold cereals come in flakes, puffs, Os, biscuits, and many other forms. They vary widely in nutritional value, from sugar-coated, brightly colored puffs to 100-percent wheat bran. Whole- and multigrain cereals, unsweetened or lightly sweetened with barley malt syrup or molasses, are generally the most nutritious. Read labels carefully: even so-called “healthy” granola may have 400 calories and more than 16 grams of fat in one serving.
Preparation, Uses, & Tips
Add a handful of high-fiber bran cereal to your favorite cold cereal. Top cereal with half a cup of berries, a small sliced peach, or half a banana. If you’re trying to increase your intake of soy, sprinkle some soy-based protein powder on cereal, or use soy milk instead of cows’ milk. Although best known as a breakfast food, cold cereal can be enjoyed in the afternoon or evening, too.
Store cereal in sealed glass or plastic containers, or in tightly sealed plastic bags, in a cool, dark cupboard.