August 28, 2008

Fueling Up With Cereal

If there is something else I love besides Starbucks - its cereal. RunnersWord has some info on the benefits of cereal as fuel for runners. During training I was obsessed with oatmeal. I ate it every morning and often craved it when I woke up. Since I have been pregnant oatmeal just hasnt floated my boat and I have been on cold cereals. There are three in my current rotation: Golden Grahams, Honey Comb and Strawberry Yogurt Burst Cheerios.

According to RW, "cereal is often fortified with vitamins and minerals". In addition, the milk added "boosts protein and calcium". They suggest to look for a cereal with at least 5 grams of fiber per serving and for less than 13 grams of sugar.

So how do my current choices stack up?
Golden Grahams = 1 gram fiber, 11 grams sugar
Honey Comb = 2 grams fiber, 10 grams sugar
Strawberry Yogurt Burst Cheerios = 2 grams fiber, 9 grams sugar

Oops. I think I might have to go shopping for some new cereals? At least I am ok on the sugar but obviously not doing so well on the fiber. Guess next time I am in the grocery store I need to be reading some cereal labels!


Princess Runner said...

I just checked and my Multi-Grain Cheerios only have 3 grams of fiber. And that is about as healthy as I get when it comes to cereal. :)

Tim said...

Dawn- I'm going to go ahead and recommend that you try Fiber One Caramel Delight (Don't laugh) High in Fiber (9g) and a little high in sugar too (10g) but boy is it delicious. Tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

Nikki said...

Hee hee, I'm sitting beside my box of multi-grain cheerios too! They're a pretty good option without having to go into the health food aisle...

Anyhow, I'm new to your blog, but sick of oatmeal as training food too...