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35 Healthy & Delicious Breakfast Cereals

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With the season of indulgence in full swing, it’s high time to establish (or improve) your healthy breakfast routine.

Regularly eating a healthy breakfast can help you:

  • Avoid overeating later in the day
  • Keep your blood sugar balanced and metabolism steady
  • Maintain weight throughout the holiday season

Of course, what you eat for breakfast you eat is key. Research has shown that people who start their day with a cereal tend to be leaner and better able to maintain weight loss over time.

Here are 25 of my favorite “Eating Made Easy Approved” breakfast cereals:

  1. Barbara’s Original Puffins, Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins  (100 calories, 5g fiber, 5g sugar)
  2. Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls (120 calories, 4g fiber, 5g sugar)
  3. Kashi Heart to Heart (110 calories, 5g fiber, 5g sugar)
  4. Uncle Sam Original (190 calories, 10g fiber, 1g sugar)
  5. Uncle Sam Raisin Bran (190 calories, 6g fiber, 8g sugar-from raisins only)
  6. Erewon Buckwheat & Hemp Flakes (220 calories, 5g fiber, 6g sugar)
  7. Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise Flakes (130 calories, 3g fiber, 4g sugar)
  8. Nature’ Path Heritage Flakes or Flax Plus Flakes (110 calories, 5g fiber, 4g sugar)
  9. Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats (200 calories, 6g fiber, 1 g sugar) (choose plain, add a little sugar if you want)
  10. Cascadian Farm Purely O’s (110 calories, 3g fiber, 1g sugar)
  11. Kashi Autumn Wheat (180 calories, 6g fiber, 7g sugar)
  12. Nature’s Path Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise (110 calories, 3g fiber, 7g sugar)
  13. Nature’s Path Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch (210 calories, 7g fiber, 13g sugar, some from raisins)
  14. Kashi 7 Whole Grains Puffs (70 calories, 1g of fiber, 0g of sugar)
  15. Erewon Strawberry Crisp (120 calories, 1g fiber, 6g sugar)
  16. Nature’s Path Sunrise Crunchy Maple (110 calories, 3g fiber, 7g sugar)
  17. Nature’s Path Whole O’s (120 calories, 3g fiber, 4g sugar)
  18. Nature’s Path Heritage Raspberry Hazelnut Muesli (210 calories, 6g fiber, 9g sugar)
  19. Wheat Chex (160 calories, 6g fiber, 5g sugar)
  20. Quaker Corn Bran Crunch (90 calories, 4g fiber, 6g sugar)
  21. Kashi Berry Fruitful (170 calories, 6g fiber, 8g sugar)
  22. Kashi Island Vanilla (190 calories, 6g fiber, 9g sugar)
  23. Kashi Simply Maize (10 calories, 2g fiber, 6g sugar)
  24. Barbara’s Honest O’s Original (120 calories, 3g fiber, 1g sugar)
  25. Barbara’s Toasted Oatmeal Flakes (120 calories, 3g fiber, 7g sugar)

If you’re in the mood for a “treat cereal,” here are some sweet-yet-still-healthy options:

  1. Nature’s Path Flax Plus Maple Pecan Crunch (220, 5g fiber, 10g sugar)
  2. Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffins (110 calories, 2g fiber, 6g sugar)
  3. Nature’s Path Gorilla Munch (120 calories, 2g fiber, 8g sugar)
  4. Nature’s Path Panda Puffs (130 calories, 2g fiber, 7g sugar)
  5. Post Honey Nut Shredded Wheat (190 calories, 5g fiber, 12g sugar)
  6. Honey Nut Cheerios (110 calories, 2g fiber, 9g sugar)
  7. Kix (110 calories, 3g fiber, 3g sugar)
  8. Barbara’s Organic Wild Cocoa Puffs (110 calories, 1g fiber, 9g sugar)
  9. Life, Original or Cinnamon (120 calories, 2g fiber, 6g sugar)
  10. Erewon Rice Twice (120 calories, 0g fiber, 8g sugar)

Don’t see your favorite on this list? Check out my criteria for choosing a healthy cereal.

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  • Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    November 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for the list! I’m excited to see that my go-tos (Heritage Flakes, Honest O’s and Puffins) all made the list! OK, I’m sucker for Kix as well … a kid at heart :).

  • shelley
    November 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I will start by saying that I enjoyed this post despite the fact that I wasn’t consulted. As a cereal gourmand, I mean. Otherwise, whoa! This list will be copied and pasted into the notes section of my phone as a GREAT resource. I’ve tried several of your recommendations, and I admit that my sugar “issue” has made it difficult for me to transition from Cocoa Pebbles to Puffins. I’m working on it, though. A bonus is that I don’t find less sugary cereals as tempting when they’re in my pantry…but I still get the crunch when I really crave it. Awesome post 🙂

  • Amelia Winslow
    November 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I feel you on the Kix – there’s something so nostalgic about them!

  • Amelia Winslow
    November 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Personalized suggestion for you: Try Erewon’s version of Coco Crispies – they’re really good, plus organic & contain identifiable ingredients!

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