to Shop for Healthy Cereals

How to Shop for Healthy Cereals

Get healthy grocery shopping tips from Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, for choosing the healthiest breakfast cereals.

-Hello! I'm Dawn Jackson Blatner, Registered Dietitian with FITNESS magazine, and I'm here at Stop & Shop in Union, New Jersey in the cereal section of the grocery store. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and a very popular breakfast is cereal but choosing the right one can be overwhelming. There are boxes and boxes and boxes in this aisle, so choosing the right one is very important. So, when you pick up a box, choose 3 things, I think, are important. Choose ones that are about 150 calories or so. Look also for the sugar, about 8 grams or so or less and 3 grams of fiber or more. That's a great breakfast cereal. But while you're reading the label, also look at the ingredients. See here, I see whole grains and whole is so important because that gives you a lot of nutrition. And the last thing I'm gonna look for on any cereal box is serving size. They're all different. If you have a light and fluffy cereal, you get a little bit more. If you have a dense hardy cereal, you get a little bit less. So, this is a cup serving. So, I'm gonna make note of that when I'm eating it to make sure that I'm portioning the right amount. And when I eat cereal, I like something a little bit hardier, so I'm thinking about adding some blueberries or perhaps bananas. That will give added nutrition and added bulk to keep you feeling full in the morning. And don't just think cold cereal. Think about hot cereal like oatmeal. Oatmeal is extremely filling---- one of the most filling breakfasts that you can have---- and I like rolled oats. I think rolled oats are nice, hardy, chewy texture. They take maybe a little bit longer to make than instant oatmeal but not that much longer for a lot of extra taste. So, morning-time cereals, pick the right one and you'll start the day right.