Hot Cereal: What It Is, Plus 6 Health Benefits

hot cereal with bananas and cinnamon

Hot cereal has been a staple food item for thousands of years. And for good reason: it’s simple, nutritious, filling, customizable, and easy to make.

In recent years, though — thanks to our busy, on-the-go lifestyle — hot cereal has been replaced by less-nutritious options such as doughnuts, sugary cereals, and even the occasional leftover pizza.

In essence, we’ve traded in millennia of nutritional wisdom for unhealthy alternatives.

Because of that, many people now suffer from chronic health issues, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

That’s a shame because simply eating a hot cereal breakfast as part of a healthy, balanced diet can reduce your risk of these and other diseases.

In this article, the experts at The Soulfull Project tell you everything you need to know about hot cereal and the health benefits that come with every delicious bite.

We’ll also let you in on how you can be a part of The Soulfull Project’s unique community efforts to supply servings of our hot cereal to food banks in your area.

Let’s get started!

What Is Hot Cereal?

Hot cereal with apples and honey

Hot cereal is ground, crushed, or chopped grains boiled in water or milk until soft. Oatmeal is the most common hot cereal, but you can use other grains too, including:

  • Rice
  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Corn
  • Buckwheat

While its dictionary definition sounds a bit boring, the appeal of hot cereal is often more about what you add to the finished product.

You can combine flavorings like brown sugar, honey, dried fruit (e.g., blueberries and cherries), nuts, and spices in endless combinations to make a tasty meal for any occasion.

Because of the many ways you can prepare a simple bowl of hot cereal, you can easily tailor this staple food to your personal tastes and unique health needs.

Health Benefits Of Hot Cereal

Hot cereal with bananas and walnuts

1) Feel Full Longer

Hot cereals typically include dense grains — like oats, rye, barley, and quinoa — along with other nutrient-rich ingredients that digest slowly and keep you feeling full longer.

When you stay full between meals, you’re less likely to crave unhealthy, high-calorie, high-sugar, high-fat foods later on.

Similarly, when you don’t get hungry an hour after eating, your body is better equipped to maintain your vitality, your emotional and mental health, and your social skills.

Who knew a hot cereal meal could do so much? We did!

2) Control Your Weight

Staying full longer after eating a hot cereal meal makes it easier to control your weight.

Whether you’re trying to drop a few pounds, pack on muscle, or just maintain a consistent number on the scale, hot cereal gives you what you need to reach your goals.

Basically, controlling your weight is all about making good choices when it comes to what you put in your body. Poor choices — like sweets and other junk food — make it difficult to maintain a healthy and consistent body composition.

Good choices — like oat bran, flaxseed, and chia seed — give your body the nutrients it needs to function at its best. A quick and easy hot cereal breakfast can help!

mason jars filled with hot cereal ingredients

3) Increase Your Macronutrient Intake

Rather than worry about the pages and pages of individual nutrients your body needs every day, focus instead on the three essential macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and (healthy) fat.

Hot cereal has these in spades!

When you consume these three macronutrients at every meal and in-between, your body has the building blocks it needs to produce all the nutrients that help maintain your health and stave off disease.

Looking for an easy way to cram in all those macronutrients without resorting to complex equations? The Soulfull Project’s Blueberry Almond Multigrain Hot Cereal includes 7g of protein, 50g of carbohydrates, and 6g of fat.

That’s everything you need to perform at your best without having to spend your valuable time crunching numbers to figure out if you’ve gotten enough vitamin D for the day.

4) Maintain Brain Activity

Bowl of Hot cereal with bananas, blueberries, and walnuts

Your brain needs a lot of fuel to function at 100%. Its fuel of choice? Glucose.

Glucose is a simple sugar — vastly different from the artificial sugars added to most foods — that your body manufactures from carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, and grains.

How can hot cereal help you maintain your brain activity throughout the day? Look closely and you’ll notice that fruit and grain are two of the main ingredients in The Soulfull Project’s Apple Cinnamon Multigrain Hot Cereal.

You can increase the healthy carbohydrates in your diet by adding other fruits and even vegetables to your hot cereal (we like chopped carrots and fresh shredded spinach in ours).

When you feed your brain a steady diet of healthy carbohydrates, you’ll feel and perform better than ever.

That’s one of the reasons we at The Soulfull Project dedicate our time and energy to providing healthy food to those who often go without. For every serving you purchase, we donate a serving of our Four Grain Hot Cereal to a regional food bank in your area.

If we can help one child perform better in school because they had a healthy breakfast or one parent stay focused on the job because they had a healthy lunch, we’ve accomplished something that day.

5) Encourage Good Gastrointestinal Health

The benefits of eating a healthy hot cereal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or in-between meals go well beyond feeling full longer and maintaining a healthy weight.

Fiber-rich hot cereals, like The Soulfull Project’s Tart Cherry and Brown Sugar Pecan varieties, actually encourage good gastrointestinal (or GI) health.

Why is that important? Because GI health is the foundation for the rest of your body’s health.

When your GI system isn’t working properly, other systems (such as your immune system, musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular system, and your skin) can’t function properly, either.

By eating a healthy diet with the right balance of macronutrients, you can promote good digestion, a healthy stomach and intestines, and the overall well-being of the most important systems in your body.

6) Decrease Risk Of Health Issues

When the systems in your body operate at 100%, your risk of health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease decreases dramatically.

All of that can be traced back to your GI system and the healthy, nutritious food you eat over the course of the days, weeks, months, and years of your life.

Even if you’ve sacrificed eating breakfast to the demands of a busy schedule or you can’t find time for a meal during other parts of the day, it’s never too late to reestablish good habits!

A portable, easy-to-make — and don’t forget delicious! — hot cereal option, like The Soulfull Project’s Cinnamon Spice variety, provides all the benefits mentioned on this list when part of a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and healthy fat.

Hot Cereal For This Generation

The SoulFull Project hot cereal packs

At The Soulfull Project, we know the importance of a healthy, satisfying meal. We also know that good food isn’t always available when you need it. That’s why we’ve created a hot cereal for this generation.

Whether you’re an early riser, an on-the-go eater, or a midnight snacker, delicious flavors such as Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Almond, Brown Sugar Pecan, Cinnamon Spice, and Tart Cherry will keep your taste buds tingling and your energy levels high.

No matter which hot cereal you choose, you’ll get hearty — and heart-healthy — ingredients, including:

  • Rye
  • Quinoa
  • Flax
  • Chia
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Pecans

Plus, remember that for every serving you purchase, The Soulfull Project will provide a serving of our hot cereal to a regional food bank in your area.

Our hope is that The Soulfull Project will help make it easy for all of us to have an impact on the health and happiness of our neighbors. That’s peace of mind and body you can’t find anywhere else.

Fulfill your soul — inside and out — with a hot cereal from The Soulfull Project.