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Beyond the Morning Bowl

Cereal is a great way to start your day, but don't stop there: It also makes a nutritious snack or recipe ingredient. In fact, one study from Wayne State University in Detroit found that women who had cereal and lowfat milk as a bedtime snack lost more weight than those who had their usual pre-snooze pick. For an easy take-anywhere treat, make your own trail mix from whole-grain cereal, nuts or seeds, and dried fruit. You can also use cereal as a healthy substitute in your favorite recipes, says Alexandra Borgia, an instructor at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. She suggests using flakes as a coating for "fried" chicken or mixing it into your favorite cookie batter.

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