Canadians love coffee and they love cereal – so why not combine the two? That’s exactly what Post Foods Canada decided to do by introducing the flavours of chocolate and coffee with mocha-swirled marshmallows, all in one bowl. But what is the impact of this indulgence on your health? I asked three experts:
Kathleen Trotter – Fitness Expert and Media Personality
Natalie Bean – Certified Nutritional Consultant
Israel Blume – Weekend Warrior and Local Health and Fitness Guru
This new cereal is way too high in sugar and way too low in fiber. The funny thing is, it’s low fat and not incredibly high in calories – but for one serving of 26g of carbs, there are way better, healthier breakfast choices, in my opinion!
One go-to breakfast is oatmeal and berries with cinnamon with some hemp seeds and a few egg whites. I put all that together in a container and I literally throw it in the microwave with water. I add a little bit of cashew milk, and it’s delicious and very filling.
Another great option is Fibre 1 cereal with 3/4 cup Skyr yogurt, (which is Icelandic yogurt that has 21g of protein with only 2g of sugar). I add half a cup of berries to this and it’s like a parfait. It’s incredible!
I also love avocado toast. I use Ezekiel bread with half an avocado and 1 egg plus 2 whites.
All of these breakfasts, along with a morning coffee, give me incredible energy.
For people that don’t like to eat food in the morning, there’s always the protein shake or smoothie option. I love taking coffee with vanilla protein with ice and water and making a coffee vanilla shake. Or you can make a smoothie using Greek or Icelandic yogurt with protein powder, and add some spinach and some berries. These are all great choices!
If you’re eating a healthy diet, taking all your healthy supplements, and keeping active you should feel more energized. Sleep is a very important component of all of these. Try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Also, stay hydrated and drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water.
First thoughts, yuk and yuk. Reading the ingredient list gave me a visceral full-body “ick” feeling. My body is not a garbage can; why would I ever put this garbage into it?
All jokes aside, I try and stay away from foods that include ingredients I can’t pronounce. In fact, for the most part, I stick to foods that don’t have an ingredient list. The ingredient is the food. For example, broccoli’s “ingredient” is broccoli.
Now, that is not always possible, but I try! I don’t aim for “perfect” because perfect doesn’t exist. I aim to be as consistent as possible without driving myself crazy.
When I do choose to have a food that isn’t the best for my body – that has a few garbage ingredients – I make sure it fulfills my “love it rules.” Basically, the choice has to be worth it. It has to be something I love. All choices are value judgments.
Chocolate peanut butter ice cream…worth it. Coffee flavoured cereal…not worth it. I would rather drink my coffee!
What are some other options for people looking for a boost to start the day?
Smoothies made with lots of vegetables, a healthy fat, and a good quality protein. Smoothies are convenient – convenience is KEY. Plus, since you can pick your ingredients you know you are filling your body with yummy and nutritious foods.
Egg “muffins.” Sauté a bunch of vegetables. Place them into separate muffin tins. Mix a bunch of eggs and pour roughly half an egg into each cup. Cook muffins in the oven then viola, a healthy breakfast you can grab as you walk out the door. When you have an extra minute enjoy the “muffin” with some avocado or a piece of whole-grain bread.
What would be your example of an ideal morning meal?
My partner James would tell you that no one but me would enjoy my breakfast! I really just have dinner at breakfast. I like my main meals to be breakfast and lunch.
My ideal “dinner for breakfast” is probably a roasted russet potato with some olive oil and sea salt plus a mixture of other vegetables (my current favorite being leeks and fennel) and a healthy protein such as salmon. Yummy!
I live by what I call “the power of 3.” I aim to include vegetables, healthy fat, and a quality protein at every meal, especially my first meal of the day.
Gotta start the day well, “Win the morning, win the day!”
There is not a natural, healthy ingredient in this toxic concoction. Under no circumstances should any living creature consume this amalgam of chemicals, preservatives, and carcinogenic toxins.
My breakfast consists of a mix of flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and almonds backed in the oven with coconut oil. I also sprinkle a healthy dose of cinnamon, an effective antioxidant. It is a perfect meal with lots of omega heart-healthy oils, fiber, protein, and minerals such as iron, zinc, thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, calcium, etc. and it tastes great. Wash it all down with a large cup of black coffee and I can even add organic 10% cream.