2. Suss out hidden sugar
According to most experts, if you see sugar listed as the first or second ingredient of your cereal box, don't eat it! The tricky thing is that sugar may go by different names. Some of these names are: palm sugar or invert sugar; sweetener, as in corn sweetener; syrup, as in brown rice syrup or malt syrup; fruit-juice concentrates; and almost any word ending in "-ose", like fructose or glucose.
3. Be careful with "fruit"
We all know that fruits are good, and certainly good things to eat for breakfast. The problem is that many cereals only contain small portions of real fruit. In general, most cereals include real fruit mixed with fake fruit made of sugar, oil and/or food colouring. So, it's very important, to check the ingredients and make certain that you are eating real fruit. To be honest, it's always better to add your own fruit.
My Choice: Oatmeal and Smoothie for Breakfast
I personally think that the best breakfast is the one that includes simple ingredients.
For instance, I usually eat oatmeal during the week. I prepare my oatmeal with 1% lactose free milk (or water if you prefer), nuts and both dried and fresh fruits. I make this breakfast every morning and it takes me only a couple of minutes, and it's delicious and very healthy!
I usually accompany my oatmeal with a smoothie that includes bananas, strawberries, mango, carrots and a little bit of yogurt.
I have not been able to convert my 5 year old to oatmeal yet, but I am hoping to do that one of these days. For the moment, I am very happy that he drinks our home-made smoothie.
Do you have other suggestions for healthy Breakfasts?