November 10, 2008

Red, White, and Blue -- And Good For You

With patriotic spirits soaring over the past few days, I thought it would be perfect timing to discuss U.S. Mills' cereal and instant oatmeal products -- easy and very tasty ways to increase your whole grain and fiber intake.

Three quarters of a cup of Uncle Sam's original cereal offers 10 grams of fiber (all derived from the ingredients, not added on for fortification), 7 grams of protein, and 0.5 grams of sugar in a 190 calorie package.

I do wish, however, that this cereal included ground flaxseed (as opposed to whole) for even more of a nutrition boost.

In any case, throw in some sliced bananas, add your milk of choice (dairy, soy, rice, etc.) and you have a filling, wholesome breakfast.

Their instant oatmeal with non-genetically modified soymilk, meanwhile, makes for a wonderfully convenient vegan breakfast.

Simply add water and enjoy...

160 calories
50 milligrams of sodium
(that's 220 fewer milligrams than the same amount of Quaker instant flavored oatmeal)
5 grams of fiber
6 grams -- a mere teaspoon and a half -- of added sugar (50% less than Quaker flavored oatmeals)
7 grams of protein

... per packet.

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