How to cut calories from your daily bowl of cereal

How to cut calories from your daily bowl of cereal
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Whether you enjoy it in the morning or as a fast dinner, eating a bowl of cereal is quick, satisfying, and typically healthy way to start the day. But beware that it can be an easy way to gain weight if you’re overindulging regularly.

Here’s some tips for making your daily bowl a little healthier.

No bottomless bowls

We’ve all done it – poured ourselves a bowl of cereal and added too much milk so by the end of your first bowl, you add a little more cereal, then a little more milk, and so on.

Portion your bowl of cereal, by pouring in the milk and leaving it at that. Put your cereal away and the milk back in the fridge to avoid the temptation of overindulging. Always check the serving size suggested on the box, as serving sizes vary between brands and avoid merely eye-balling the amount and overfilling your bowl. Instead, try keeping your portions in check by measuring it out with measuring cups.

Don’t have too many toppings

Yoghurt, fresh fruit, nuts, dried fruit, chia seeds and coconut are all healthy ingredients that can increase the fibre and protein in you breakfast, and make it much more pleasurable to eat. But they also pile on the calories if you’re not mindful. As a guide ensure that servings are between 300 and 400 calories.

Use the right milk

What you pour over your morning cereal affects the calorie count as well.

Instead of high calorie whole milk, go for skimmed (around 90 calories) as it still offers the same amount of calcium and protein as its counterpart. Or try a dairy-free alternative like unsweetened soy milk which contains around 80 calories or 30-calorie unsweetened almond milk.

Stay away from sugar

Frosted Flakes may be delicious but they’re also high in sugar too. Before purchasing, check nutritional labels and ingredients and ensure that sugar is not one of the first ingredients listed. Instead, look for oats and whole-wheat fibre.

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