What are the best low-calorie cereal options for weight loss we should keep around? As kids, we all remember the cereal aisle being the most exciting part of the supermarket. From Cinnamon Toast Crunch to Froot Loops, cereal was often a sweet, dessert-esque meal to be enjoyed every morning. However, as adults, that same cereal aisle is filled with boxes of empty calorie, sugar-loaded emergency suppers that leave us feeling unsatisfied. Little to no sugar and heart-healthy high fiber content is high on our cereal wish lists in addition to tasting good.
So put down the Count Chocula and kick Captain Crunch and his crunch berries to the curb. Eating a low-calorie cereal for breakfast is a great way to start the day- you don't have the sugar crash that comes with copious amounts of sugar, and you don't need to worry as much about the meals you eat throughout the rest of the day.
These cereals may not be as cute, but your cereal bowl and waistline will thank you. Whether you're looking for low-calorie cereals to balance out your meal plan or you're simply hoping to make healthy lifestyle changes, these are some options that are as tasty as they are healthy. Use 1% milk, or go plant-based with almond milk or soy milk. If you're looking to add some extra flavor, enjoy your bowl of cereal with pieces of banana, strawberries and raspberries. There's nothing better than starting your morning with a healthy, yummy bowl of low-calorie cereal.
12 Low-Calorie Cereals You Need In Your Mornings (or Nights):
1. Kellogg's All-Bran
90 calories per 3/4 cup serving, 5 grams of fiber, 15 grams of carbs and 5 grams of protein
Low in calories and sugar, the high-fiber content gives you that full feeling and overall health benefits of regular bowel movements. Stop giggling. we're all adults here. Fortified with iron, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants, sprinkle some flaxseed or pumpkin seeds on top. And to really get your inside traffic moving along, add some dried fruit too.
2. General Mills KiX
This whole-grain toasted and puffed corn cereal is so good just out of the box! "Kid Tested-Mother Approved" is their famous tagline. Less than 3 grams of sugar make this one of the healthiest cereal options that kids won't complain about.
3. General Mills Fiber One
Fiber One is made of whole grain wheat and corn bran. The stats are impressive. Your insides will get 57% of the recommended daily fiber intake in just one half cup portion size. With no added sugar and only 60 calories, get crazy and add some fresh fruit.
4. Post Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Wheat 'n Bran
With a larger serving size of 1 1/4 cups and higher calories, this is perfect for those who like to make breakfast really count. Zero grams of sugar, o saturated fat, and 9 grams of fiber (ouch) make this a powerhouse choice of a whole-grain cereal.
5. Barbara's Brown Rice Crisps Crispy Brown Rice
This healthier dupe for rice krispies comes in as a 120 calorie cereal per one cup serving. Made with organic whole grain brown rice, organic fruit juice concentrate and sea salt, you'll still get that snap, crackle, and pop that makes us all feel like we're six years old again.
6. Kellogg's Bite Size Unfrosted Mini-Wheats
Mini-Wheats are a great snack even without the bowl or milk. This unfrosted version will save a few calories. This high-fiber, low-calorie, high-protein healthy cereal is a great low-fat choice.
7. Nature's Path Organic Smart Bran
Nature's Path Organic Smart Bran Cereal is vegan-friendly. Made of wheat bran, oat fiber, barley malt extract, psyllium seed husk, whole oat flour, cane sugar, and sea salt. With 17 grams of fiber (what?!?) per 3/4 cup, add some chia seeds to this and feel full (and very regular) for hours.
8. Kashi GoLean
Kashi GoLean is made of brown rice, hard red wheat, oats, buckwheat, sesame seeds, honey, barley, cane syrup, wheat bran, oat fiber, sesame flour, and corn bran. Loaded with iron, calcium, and magnesium, I like to mix a handful of this cereal into greek yogurt for the crunch factor.
9. Quaker Instant Oatmeal Lower Sugar Maple & Brown Sugar
Like a Lifetime movie on a day you called out sick, hot oatmeal is comforting. Maple syrup and brown sugar add to the taste but still keep it low calorie.
10. Kashi Autumn Wheat Organic Whole Wheat Biscuits
These crunchy biscuits are made with whole grain wheat, cane sugar and natural flavor. Plus, one serving contains plenty of iron and magnesium, and 7 grams of fiber and protein. Try it mixed with a spoonful of peanut butter.
11. Post Bran Flakes
Add frozen fruit and yogurt to make a breakfast that tastes almost like a dessert. I said almost.
12. General Mills Wheaties
"Eat your wheaties!" has become synonymous with strength. These toasted wheat flakes help lower cholesterol levels. There's something very satisfyingly retro about eating Wheaties.
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This post was originally published on April 26, 2021.