Dry Cereal

Why Add Whole-Grain Cereal to Your Plate

This month, CNP is all about cereal! Cereal can be a great source of whole grains and fiber. Learn about adding whole-grain cereal to your plate!

  • Grains give you energy and can be a great way to start your day. 
  • Whole-grain cereals can be a good source of B vitamins, iron, folate, potassium, and magnesium. 
  • 1 cup of flake or round cereal or 11/4 cups of puffed cereal = 1 serving of grains.
  • Enjoy cereal for breakfast, snacks, in trail mix, in fruit and yogurt parfaits, or in no-bake cookies. 
  • Whole-grain cereals are a good source of fiber, which is good for your digestive tract. 

Learn more about cereal on the MyPlate website.

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All About Cereal

If you find yourself arguing with your kids over how much sugary cereal they want to eat, try this little trick CNP educator Debbie Kelly used with her kids.

Click your way around our collection of cereal boxes and become a savvy cereal shopper! Fiber, sugar, whole-grains, and nutrition claims are all good things to consider when choosing a cereal. 

Cereal Recipes

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Cereal Snack Mix

Join Marty Moose as he makes a batch of crunchy cereal snack mix! Try it with savory or sweet seasoning to make it your own. 

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Fruit & Nut Muffins

These muffins are super simple, filled with fruit and nuts, and completed with a sweet, crunchy streusel topping.

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No-Bake Breakfast Cookies

No oven needed for these treats. With just a few ingredients you may already have on hand, you’ll have a tasty breakfast or snack.

Build A Healthy Breakfast

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Build a Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast fuels your day. Build a healthy breakfast around your daily bowl of cereal and start the day super-charged!

Grab a bowl

  • Remember portion size!
  • 1 cup of cereal = 1 serving of grains
  • A smaller bowl is a good way to keep your portions in check

Pick your cereal

  • Avoid the sugar crash with low-sugar options
  • Cereal made with whole-grains and full of fiber will keep you fuller for longer

Pick your dairy

  • Low-fat milk or soy milk are great choices to add to cereal
  • Change things up with a morning parfait. Use your favorite low-fat, low-sugar yogurt instead of milk

Pick your topping

  • Fresh, frozen, canned, and dried fruit add bursts of color and flavor to your bowl
  • Try 1 cup of banana, berries, peaches, or pineapple, or 1/2 cup of dried fruit


  • Take your time to savor every bite!

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Peanut Butter Recipes

* The Cent$ible Nutrition Program is funded by USDA SNAP-Ed and EFNEP. SNAP-Ed assists individuals and families who receive, or are eligible to receive, benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). EFNEP assists families and youth with limited resources  in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and changed behaviors necessary for nutritionally sound diets and contributes to their personal development and the improvement of total family diet and nutritional welfare. Visit our income-qualification page to learn more. 

This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This material was funded by USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program-EFNEP. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The full nondiscrimination statement can be found here

Issued in furtherance of extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kelly Crane, Director, University of Wyoming Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming Extension, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071.

The University of Wyoming is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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