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Top 10 Unhealthiest Cereals. Is Yours on the List?

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How big a deal is boxed cereal? More than 90 percent of U.S. households enjoy it with more than 2 billion boxes sold per year.
That’s a lot of cereal. and Dr. Charles Platkin, HUNTER College and City University of New York School of Public Health lead a Cereal Investigation.
The cereal investigation ranks and provides each of the 301 cereals a health score (using 19 criteria), the investigation also includes separate rankings for calories, sodium and sugar, as well as investigation averages.

These are the lowest-ranked unhealthiest cereals based on the’s findings.

1. General Mills Monsters Boo Berry (Tied for last place)
1. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats (Tied for last place)
1. Post Fruity Pebbles (Tied for last place)
1. Post Summer Berry Pebbles (Tied for last place)
1. General Mills Chocolate Lucky Charms (Tied for last place)
6. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cocoa Krispies
7. General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch Frosted Toast Crunch
8. Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes
9. Quaker Honey Graham Oh’s
10. Kellogg’s Granola Low-fat Granola Multigrain with Raisins’s Top 10 “Healthiest” Cereals

These are the highest-ranked healthiest cereals based on the’s findings.

1. Nature’s Path Organic Millet Puffs
2. Barbara’s Shredded Wheat
3. Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits Autumn Wheat (Tied for 3rd place)
3. Quaker Oats Old Fashioned (Tied for 3rd place)
5. Nature’s Path Oatmeal Gluten Free Selections Homestyle
6. Kashi 7 Whole Grain Cereals Puffs
7. Post Shredded Wheat Original Spoon Size
8. Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfood Chia, Buckwheat & Hemp Original Flavor
9. Post Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Wheat’n Bran
10. Nature’s Path Original Hot Oatmeal

So should you stop eating boxed cereal? Not necessarily. According to a study reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology, it is better to eat something than start your day on an empty stomach. People who skip breakfast are 4.5 times more likely to be overweight than those who don’t.

Cereal Healthy Eating Tips

*Not For the Carb-Minded: Researchers have demonstrated that a “low-carbohydrate diet was more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction than the low-fat diet.”
*Don’t be Fooled by Health Claims on the Package: Yes, cereals are nutritionally dense and can be very filling — especially the ones made from whole grains. However, just because they have extra vitamins and minerals doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want. Even if a cereal boasts “High Fiber,” “Excellent Source of Calcium,” or “Organic,” it may still contain a significant amount of sugar, sodium, calories and even fat.

*Added Fiber: Many cereals have added fiber; check the label for chicory root/inulin, maltodextrin, polydextrose, soy hulls, wheat fiber, oat fibers and sorghum fibers. Many researchers believe that added fiber doesn’t have the same health benefits as naturally occurring fiber in whole foods. Bottom-line, don’t just look at the amount of fiber on the food label; you need to also check the ingredients list.

*The Fewer Ingredients the Better: Choose the cereals (and all your foods) that have the fewest ingredients, and make sure they’re names you can pronounce.

*Avoided Added Protein: Cereal companies are trying their best to overcome the low-carb craze and capitalize on the idea that protein keeps you full, by adding protein to cereal. Don’t be fooled: it’s not the same as eating eggs or egg whites and other low calorie protein sources. However, cereals with nuts are a great source of protein.

*Whole Grains are Important, but not the Only Thing That’s Important: Look for whole grains as the first ingredient on the food label. These could include: brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, graham flour, oatmeal, quinoa, rolled oats, whole-grain barley, whole-grain corn, whole oats, whole rye, whole wheat and wild rice.

*Avoid “Fortified with Vitamins”: Research is demonstrating that adding vitamins to cereals is not the same as getting them from whole foods. Looking for vitamin C? Eat an apple.
*Stick with Low Calories: Choose cereals that are low in calories per gram. Divide the number of calories in the serving by the weight in grams listed on the cereal box.
*Watch the Sodium: Many cereals are high in sodium; the Institute of Medicine recommends no more than 1500mg of sodium per day.
*Avoid Added Sugar: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the term “added sugar” is defined as any “sweeteners added to processed and prepared foods.” While many sugars are found naturally in foods, such as milk, fruit, vegetables and grains, it’s the sugars added to many of the foods we eat (by food companies) that we have to watch out for. .

When you read a food label, look out for: Corn Syrup, Cane Sugar, Brown Sugar, Brown Sugar Syrup, Dextrin, Dextrose, Dried Cane Syrup, Glucose, Fructose, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Honey, Invert Sugar, Lactose, Maltodextrin, Maltose, Mannitol, Molasses, Natural Sweeteners, Polydextrose Raw Sugar, Sucrose Syrup, Turbinado Sugar, Xylitol, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Evaporated Cane Juice, Evaporated Cane Juice Crystals, Evaporated Cane Sugar, and Maple Syrup.

*Serving Size Matters: Remember cereal is measured by volume not density. In theory, the more dense the cereal (the more grams per serving), the less you are likely to eat. So, when you’re trying to pick the best cereal, check the weights listed next to the serving size (grams) and compare the calories per gram by dividing the calories by the number of grams per serving.
*Skim It: Choose skim milk to go with your cereal. You get essentially the same nutrients from skim milk as you do from drinking whole milk, minus the fat.
The preceding figures are a summary of the rankings. You can view the full report here:

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Grape Bread Pudding #BreadBakers

Grape Bread Pudding

Welcome to this month’s Bread Bakers Challenge! For October we going gaga over grapes! ;)


Make any kind of bread with grapes! They can be roasted, dried (as in raisins) candied, jellied, etc. as long as they are used in the bread or its filling or topping. Heck, you can use wine made from grapes in the dough or filling or topping, if that floats your boat! Don’t forget a little for the baker as well. 

Thank you Stacy from Food Lust People Love for hosting this grape-tastic event!

I love fruited bread pudding. You can eat it for breakfast or dessert! Even both if you’re like me. I gave this dish some extra grape kick with a bit of 100% grape juice.
Non-fat Greek yogurt adds creaminess to the custard and saves us a few calories. That’s to say if anyone is really counting!
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Grape Bread Pudding #BreadBakers


  • 6 cups hearty bread broken into 1 1/2-inch pieces (I used English Toasting)
  • 2 cups grapes, halved
  • custard
  • 1/2 cup vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, plus extra for greasing pan
  • 1/2 cup grape juice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Add yogurt, half and half, juice, butter and cloves in a medium-sized saucepan. Heat just until hot whisking constantly do not boil.
  2. Remove from heat to cool slightly.
  3. Add a bit of the cooled custard base to the eggs to temper it. Slowly whisk the egg mixture back into the custard base.
  4. Place bread pieces and grapes into a large bowl and stir in custard mixture.
  5. Bake in buttered 8x8-inch pan at 350 for approximately 40 minutes until custard has set and bread pudding has browned.
  6. Serve warm with a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream or even cold!
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Check out what great grape ideas these Bread Bakers shared this month!

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme.  Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to

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Slow-Cooked Country Pork and Veggies #SundaySupper

Slow-cooked Country Pork and Veggies

It is time to break out our slow-cookers and cook up something special for Sunday Supper! We’re sharing our recipes from appetizers to desserts made low and slow.This event is being hosted by Heather of  Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks and Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. Thanks Ladies!

Do you have trouble deciding which cut of meat you want to use in the slow-cooker? In my area you can buy roasts prepackaged and ready for your slow-cooker. Handy,huh? If you can’t find ready-to-use roasts try chuck for beef and a shoulder or butt roast for pork.

I like to cook my pork roast when I include vegetables on high for 3 to 4 hours. This seems to keep the veggies firm but thoroughly cooked.
Country Pork  Veggies Dinner

Slow-Cooked Country Pork and Veggies #SundaySupper


  • 2 to 2 1/2 lb pork roast
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 large white or Yukon gold potatoes cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 lb green beans fresh or frozen
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Layer vegetables in bottom of slow-cooker. Add roast.
  2. Pour in broth.
  3. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours until meat and vegetables are tender.
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Check out these fabulous line up of slow cooked foods from the Sunday Supper Group.

Satiating Soups

Scrumptious Mains (Breakfast and Dinner)

Satisfying Sides

Scintillating Sweets

Savory Baking

Sips and Spreads

Sunday Supper Movement
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat.
To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

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