Jazz Up Cooked Cereal

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Jazz Up Cooked Cereal

For a "great grain" breakfast, add flavor and nutrition to cooked cereals (instant or not), such as oatmeal, cream of wheat, grits, brown rice or whole-grain couscous.

  • Use fruit juice — apple, orange or other 100-percent juice — or low-fat or fat-free milk as the cooking liquid.
  • To cook cereal, blend in grated cheese, chopped fruit (apple, peach, banana, kiwifruit), dried fruit (chopped apricots, papaya, dates, raisins) or nuts.
  • Fortify cooked cereal with dry milk for more calcium.
  • Liven it up with spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice or cloves.
  • Top it with fresh fruit of any kind.
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About the author:

Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

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  • Shop smart

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