A number of people have asked what cereals I recommend. My standard rule of thumb is that cereals and bread products should provide at least 5 grams of fiber per serving and contain as few factory-created ingredients as possible. For that reason, I prefer oatmeal, oatbran, quinoa, and similar grains for my breakfast. That said, for cold cereal lovers, I quite like Nature's Path Organic Optimum Slim (210 calories for a cup, with 9 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein). My kids introduced me to another cereal called Kashi Autumn Wheat (180 calories for 29 biscuits, with 6 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein). Kashi's Go Lean Crunch is also tasty (190 calories per cup, with 8 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein).
In response to those of you who have requested a cracker recommendation, I suggest the Ak-Mak 100% Whole of the Wheat Stone Ground Sesame Cracker. 5 crackers are 115 calories, with 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. I sometimes make "pizza" on them--1-2 slices of smoked salmon, 1 tablespoon of goat's cheese, fresh tomatoes (diced), and bit of fresh dill or rosemary on top. Bake in the oven until the cheese is soft. Around 300 calories.
People have been asking me if I have a favorite brand of peanut butter. You want to look for a peanut butter with no added sugar or fat (so, you will have to stir the natural peanut oil that pools at the top). I quite like Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Peanut Butter with Salt. While we don’t want too much added salt in our diet, I find this a nice treat. They also make the same peanut butter without the salt.
Materne GoGo squeeZ. We first discovered these in Europe. Basically, it is fruit puree that you squeeze out of a tube. If you can’t carry fresh fruit for your children or need something healthy that can sit in a lunch box for hours, this is a great alternative.
Flamous Organics Falafel Chips. These were brought to my attention by a friend (who is also a client). While I’m not a huge fan of any kind of chip, these are a decent alternative to most other kinds of chips and crackers and can serve as a relatively guilt-free choice as a snack for your children. They have about 4 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein per 11 chips (at 118 calories). Maybe dip them in two tablespoons (one ounce) of hummus?