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Ask an Avera Heart Hospital Dietitian

Personalize your nutrition.  If you have nutrition questions, this site allows you to chat with Registered Dietitian and Certified Wellness Coach from the Avera Heart Hospital, Nikki Ver Steeg about diet and lifestyle modification.

Personalized nutrition means personal success.

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Q: Is it healthy to eat cereal for breakfast and lunch?
Wendy,   Harrisburg, SD

A: Due to the processed state of most cereals and the fact that they are limited in protein, we do not suggest this as the main part of a meal. It is important to have a variety of foods at all meals to ensure adequate nutrition, like lean protein, vegetables, fruit, low-fat dairy and whole grains. When choosing a cereal for breakfast, find one that has less than 5 grams of sugar and more than 5 grams of fiber per serving. We also suggest adding protein to this breakfast to control hunger, like almonds, walnuts, peanut butter or an egg.

If you have any questions or problems always see your health care provider.


The "Ask the Expert" website is intended to provide its users with general information about nutritional topics through a question and answer format that will enable you to ask a dietitian questions of a general nature pertaining to nutrition issues.  This question and answer forum should not take the place of personal and professional healthcare, and is provided for general informational purposes only. You should only take medical advice from your physician, and if you have health concerns, seek the advice of your primary healthcare professional immediately.  If this is a medical emergency, please dial 911.  The health professional has a right to refuse to answer any question.  Not all questions and responses will be posted for viewing by users of the website, but questions selected for publication will include the questioner's first name and town. If you would not like your name or town included, please enter this information as "withheld."  Please allow up to a week for answers to post.
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