Instead of changing your own habits here in 2012, make one change for someone else: your kids.
Stop giving them cereal.
Even the healthiest cereals are usually just a blend of different kinds of carbs: sugar and some of the worst grains imaginable (and don't believe those "made with whole grains" labels -- because that doesn't make this stuff any healthier).
Some cereals are more than half sugar.
Environmental Working Group recently took a closer look at the ingredients labels of some of the most common and popular cereals and found that both Kellogg's Honey Smacks and Post Golden Crisp are more than half sugar by weight -- 55.6 percent and 51.9 percent, respectively.
Number three was almost there -- Kellogg's Froot Loops Marshmallow is 48.3 percent sugar.
Froot Loops by itself was already heavy in sugar (41.4 percent, coming in at number 10) -- but when they added the marshmallows, they went for the record… and actually fell just a little short.
Better luck next time, Team Froot Loop.
And the Quaker Oats man, who's supposed to represent old-fashioned purity? He's actually responsible for FOUR of the top ten most sugar-soaked cereals: three flavors of Cap'n Crunch and something called Oh!s, which appear to be sugar-coated Cheerios.
You can see the full report here, which also features some helpful comparisons -- like the fact that those Honey Smacks contain more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie.
Even the healthy-sounding Wheaties Fuel -- breakfast of champions, but with "fuel," right? -- has more sugar than that Twinkie.
And a single cup of Honey Nut Cheerios has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies.
When a Twinkie or Chips Ahoy cookies turn out to be the better choice, you know you created something special.
EWG has some alternatives for parents looking for better options -- like unfrosted Mini Wheats and original Kix, which I think refers to the kicking and screaming kids do when they find out their Honey Smacks have been replaced by a "healthier" option.
In reality, cereal in general isn't a healthy option for breakfast. If you're in charge of mornings in your house, cook up something fresh each day instead -- make it something all of you can eat together, and everybody wins.