Protein and Nutrient-Rich Breakfast Fare®, cornflakes, Grape-Nuts® and assorted sugary cereals seized the morning American palette in the wake of a “natural food craze” to eat grains for breakfast in the early 1900s. Throw in thinly veiled marketing during Saturday morning cartoons, and a devotion to all things flaked and puffed became rabid, resulting in grocery aisles filled with a seductive selection of cereals.
Eating whole grain, high-fiber cereal is a good thing. In fact, many Americans get the majority of their fiber from high-fiber cereals, some of which include a good dose of protein. But for those minding their weight and their intake of carbohydrates, consider switching to a protein-rich alternative — something that doesn’t live in a box. According to Eisenhower Medical Center Board Certified Gynecologist Lisa Lindley, MD, some individuals may lose weight by changing only one thing in their daily routine — what they eat for breakfast. “I had a patient who needed to lose weight; she ate oatmeal and a banana for breakfast every morning,” explains Dr. Lindley, who holds a certificate in Obesity Medicine. “If you don’t need to lose weight, that combination might be okay, although it won’t provide much protein. I recommended that my patient begin her day by switching to eating protein-rich foods like eggs, non-fat Greek yogurt or cottage cheese. She started to lose weight simply because she changed what she was eating for breakfast.”
According to Dr. Lindley, morning is when we break our evening fast. As we begin our day, our bodies are looking for an adequate fuel source. Carbohydrates — like cereals, toast or pancakes — are immediately converted to sugar.