Multigrain Hot Cereal


Serving Size:
3/4 cup

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Lower Protein
  • Vegetarian
  • Heart Healthy


  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons old fashioned grits, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon bulgur, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon roasted whole buckwheat, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon steel-cut oats, uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons plain couscous, uncooked


  1. Boil water in a 1-1/2 quart covered pot.
  2. Add grits; stir briefly.
  3. Add bulgur, buckwheat, and oats; stir briefly.
  4. Reduce heat to a vigorous simmer; liberally spray nonstick cooking spray on simmering surface.
  5. Cover pot; simmer for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove pot from burner; stir in couscous.
  7. Let pot stand covered for 8 minutes, then serve.

Helpful hints

  • If desired, drizzle with honey or your favorite sweetener. Add unsalted margarine or butter, blueberries or dried cranberries before serving.
  • Makes a thick cereal. Thin by adding water or milk substitute in 1/2 ounce increments.
  • Refrigerate extra serving and reheat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds for a quick breakfast.
  • You can buy smaller amounts of grains if you shop at a market that offers grains in bulk containers. Find a variety of grain products at supermarkets, natural food stores and on the internet.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 150

Protein 5 g

Carbohydrates 30 g

Fat 1 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 7 mg

Potassium 87 mg

Phosphorus 91 mg

Calcium 15 mg

Fiber 3.0 g

Added Sugar 0 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 2 starch

Carbohydrate choices


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