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Cereal for Cyclists

To get more benefits from your flakes, oats, or clusters, look for the right ingredients. The rest is up to your taste buds. —Paige Greenfield
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What’s in the Box?


Cereal is as versatile as it is popular—it’s a healthy breakfast, an on-the-go snack, even a satisfying dinner. Choose brands that are packed with complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and it can also be an ideal ride fuel, says Tara Gidus, RD, an Orlando, Florida-based dietitian. And research has shown that it can be effective for muscle recovery, even more so when you eat it with milk.

But with cereal boxes shouting claims like “No cholesterol!” and “Whole grains!” it’s hard to separate the nutritious from the suspicious (a recent study found that 52 percent of cereals marketed to children contain more sugar per one-cup serving than three chocolate-chip cookies). So we shopped the cereal aisle and, with Gidus’s advice, found five of the best pre- and postride options for cyclists.
 


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