Most Americans fall short on their daily fiber intake. My simple solution? Start with a hearty, fiber-rich breakfast.

A bowl of cracked wheat cereal contains approximately 140 calories and 5 grams of fiber. I recommend Bob’s Red Mill Cracked Wheat, an organic choice that can be found at most natural food stores. You can also add cracked wheat to recipes for muffins, breads and other organic baked goods.

Here’s an easy recipe to jumpstart your weekend.

Cracked Wheat Cereal

Makes 3–4 servings

1½ cups water
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cracked wheat

  1. In a small saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil. Quickly stir in the cracked wheat, and continue to stir to prevent lumps.
  2. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Serve with a variety of condiments, such as chopped apples, raisins or other dried fruit, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon sugar, coconut, fresh berries or bananas.

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Wheat Foods Council