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Jul 19, 2012 7:18 PM

Smart Choices: Cereal options for you and your kids

TUCSON - Today on "Smart Choices" on News 4 Tucson at 4 p.m., nutrition and food coach Hana Feeney stopped by with the best cereal options for your kids, and yourself!

Below you can find information from her discussion with News 4 Tucson's Allison Alexander:

Back to school is just around the corner, and one of the most common questions I hear from parents and anyone interested in eating right is: "Which breakfast cereal is good for me?"

Here are my criteria for a healthy cereal and some of my favorite options.

• Unprocessed, whole foods
• Short ingredient list, fewer than 10 ingredients
• No added sugar, or very little (glucose, and others ending in -ose, agave nectar, sugar, juice concentrate, honey, brown rice syrup and other syrups ) or sugar alcohols (maltitol, sorbitol and others ending in -ol)
• No food dye
• No caramel coloring

What do you do when you just love sugary cereal?

• Sweeten your lower sugar cereal with fruit and add crunch and flavor with nuts and seeds. Make a breakfast bar so that your family can build their own cereal bowl. Use any variety of nuts, seeds, fruits, milks or yogurt that you like.
• Do a "Fruit-Yogurt-Cereal Flip"! Put plain fruit in the bottom of the bowl, top with yogurt and then cereal. Eating your cereal this way makes a cereal like granola, which is higher in sugar, from encroaching too far onto your "discretionary calories".
• Count your cereal as your dessert. If you eat sugary cereal, consider that dessert for the day-and then eat it that way! Have a small bowl of cereal as dessert following a well-balanced meal that contains fruits, vegetables, fiber, protein and healthy fat. Sugary cereal simply can't be the meal.

Check out for my top picks!


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