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Have yourself a healthy breakfast with these tips that’ll help you choose the best cereal

Updated on:23 January 2020, 17:31pm IST
Start your day on a healthy note by making the right choice when it comes to breakfast cereals. This is how you can go about it.
Payal Kothari
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Choose whole grain and fibre–and not sugar–when you buy a breakfast cereal. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for many of us, so it is worth taking the effort to make it a healthy one. If you are trying to lose weight and think that diet cereals are good for you, you need to check the nutritional value and calorie count of that box. And if you thought shopping for a tasty and healthy breakfast cereal is simple, then you are definitely falling prey to marketing gimmicks. 

The most easily available, affordable, and bright-coloured cereal boxes in departmental stories are stuffed with invisible sugars, processed grains, and bad fats. If you read the microscopic labels behind the boxes, you’ll realise that it has everything else but nutritious grains in it. 

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So, to lose weight and make breakfast your the most healthy meal of your day, keep these things in mind:

1. Read the nutritional label to choose a healthy breakfast cereal
How much sugar does it have? How many calories does it contain? How much of it is carbohydrates, proteins, fibres and fats? Make a purchase only when you get satisfactory answers for these questions.

2. The first three ingredients are the most important
Make sure you read the top three ingredients on the cereal box. It must have natural unprocessed grains that offer fibre as compared to quick oats or just plain flour cereal.

3. The lesser the ingredients, the more natural your cereal
Choose a cereal which has less than five ingredients–all of which are completely natural. Big numbers and alien-sounding words are mostly artificial colours, sweeteners, preservatives, and stabilizers. Get the most natural cereal possible.

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DIY your cereal
Instead of searching the earth and moon for something natural and healthy, make your own cereal at home. You just need this breakfast cereal recipe to make it happen:

Ingredients:
5 tbsp rolled oats
2 tbsp chopped mixed nuts (walnuts, almonds, and pistachios)
2 tsp mixed seeds (sunflower, melon, and flax seeds)
1 tbsp stevia powder or jaggery
1 tsp natural vanilla extract

Preparation:
1. Mix all the ingredients together and dry roast on a pan for five to seven minutes.
2. Add milk of your choice and top with chopped fresh fruits.

Payal Kothari Payal Kothari

Payal Kothari is an integrative nutritionist and gut health coach who believes all fad diets fail, but when a holistic approach is taken a transformation lasts a lifetime.