A hot breakfast cereal like oatmeal or millet porridge is a quick and easy way to start the day. However, a bowl of plain-old cereal day after day can get seriously boring. Here are 10 ways to accessorize your breakfast cereal and keep the most important meal of the day not only nutritious but also incredibly satisfying.
- Make it Creamy with a tablespoon of almond butter or sunflower butter stirred in.
- Add fruit to liven up the color and health profile. Pomegranate seeds, banana, strawberries and blueberries taste delicious in cold cereal! Another great option is unsweetened dried fruits. My favorites are dried wild blueberries, mango, and golden raisins! Frozen fruits work well and may save you money during the winter months when berries are not in season.
- Add milk instead of water. This will make your eating experience feel more luxurious. Don’t like milk or it doesn’t agree with you? Try an unsweetened milk alternative like coconut or almond milk.
- Bulk Up: add oat bran or wheat bran flakes to up the total fiber which helps keep you feeling full longer.
- Add crunch. Toss in a tablespoon of nuts or seeds—almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, chia or pumpkin seeds are all great choices. Dont stop there though, use whatever nut or seed you love or mix them up. Nuts and seeds add protein, fiber and omega-3’s as well as texture.
- Liven it up with spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, or cloves. These flavors tend to pair well breakfast cereals.
- Grate dark chocolate (just a little!). This will seriously amplify the flavor and make you feel as though you’re indulging. Choose a really good dark chocolate with at least 75% cocoa content to get the most health benefits.
- Use Greek yogurt rather than milk to double the protein content. This will surely keep you feeling full right up to lunchtime!
- Drizzle raw honey or maple. Opt for unsweetened breakfast cereals and add some sweetener on your own.
- Sprinkle unsweetened shredded coconut. This adds a nice crunch and nutty flavor to your cereal—I love using shredded coconut with bran cereal in coconut milk!
Danielle Rosenfeld MS, RD