Question: Can you recommend some healthy cold cereals? I’m not sure if I should be looking for low sugar content, high fiber or a combo. Thanks!!
Answer: With so many cereals on the market, this aisle of the grocery store can be confusing. But it’s worth researching, because the type of cereal you pick can determine whether you’re eating a healthy breakfast or a bowl of junk food. A few tips for selecting a good cereal:
- Read the Nutrition Facts Label. Don’t rely on health claims (like “Contains 10 grams of whole grains!”) on the cereal box, because they can be misleading.
- Look for at least 3 grams of fiber per 100 calories (so a cereal with 200 calories should have at least 6 grams fiber).
- Look for less than 6 grams of sugar per serving (cereals with raisins will have more, which is OK).
- Unless you’re accustomed to eating tons of fiber everyday, avoid cereals with huge amounts of fiber (like Fiber One, which has 13 grams of fiber in only 60 calories). These ultra-fibrous buds have added extra fiber, and might upset your stomach (gas, bloating, cramping, etc).
- Go for the alternative brand cereals found at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and in the ‘natural’ section of regular supermarkets. These tend to be higher in fiber, lower in sugar, and made with organic or non-genetically modified ingredients, which are healthier.
Healthy + Tasty Cold Cereals
- Barbara’s Original Puffins, Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins (100 calories, 5g fiber, 5g sugar)
- Barbara’s Shredded Spoonfuls (120 calories, 4g fiber, 5g sugar)
- Kashi Heart to Heart (110 calories, 5g fiber, 5g sugar)
- Quaker Crunchy Corn Bran (90 calories, 5g fiber, 6g sugar)
- Nature’ Path Heritage Flakes or Flax Plus Flakes (110 calories, 5g fiber, 4g sugar)
- Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats (200 calories, 6g fiber, 1 g sugar) – drizzle with a little honey or brown sugar
- Cheerios (100 calories, 3g fiber, 1g sugar)
- Kashi Autumn Wheat (180 calories, 6g fiber, 7g sugar)
- Nature’s Path Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise (110 calories, 3g fiber, 7g sugar)
- Nature’s Path Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch (210 calories, 7g fiber, 13g sugar, some from raisins)
Best “Treat” Cereals
These are not the MOST wholesome breakfasts, but they’re much healthier than traditional sugar cereals, so when you need your kid-cereal fix, go for one of these:
- Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffins (110 calories, 2g fiber, 6g sugar)
- Nature’s Path Gorilla Munch (120 calories, 2g fiber, 8g sugar)
- Post Honey Nut Shredded Wheat (190 calories, 5g fiber, 12g sugar)
- Honey Nut Cheerios (110 calories, 2g fiber, 9g sugar)
- Kix (110 calories, 3g fiber, 3g sugar)
- Barbara’s Organic Wild Cocoa Puffs (110 calories, 1g fiber, 9g sugar)
- Life, Original or Cinnamon (120 calories, 2g fiber, 6g sugar)
** Photo taken from Barbara’s Bakery Website