As a kid, I always wanted cereal with lots of added sugar. Whatever breakfast cereal I could get with chocolate or cookies or peanut butter or a ton of grams of sugar, I wanted it. Flaxseed, muesli, quinoa, and health benefits were thrown out in favor of Quaker and Kellogg's sweetest offerings in the cereal aisle. Raisin bran was considered a healthy choice, though it was loaded with sugar as well. As an adult, going the low sugar cereal route is a better option. Here are just a few healthy cereals you should consider to keep your blood sugar from freaking out first thing in the morning.
1. Shredded Wheat
Kids might make fun of adults for eating this "boring" cereal, but it really is quite good for you. It's got whole grain wheat as the first ingredient, only 160 calories per serving size, six grams of fiber, zero mg of cholesterol, and five grams of protein. It also has no added sugar, making the whole grain cereal a great addition to your low-sugar cereal list.
2. Fiber One Original Bran Cereal
This one is full of vitamins and minerals for a really healthy breakfast. The ingredient list includes corn bran, modified wheat starch, and guar gum. It has 34g carbohydrates per serving, and could be made dairy-free by simply not adding milk.
That's right, the brand we all know and love is a pretty healthy cereal option! General Mills Cheerios' original flavor is made with whole grain oats and corn starch, along with some other ingredients, and it's gluten-free! Carb count sits at 29g per 1 1/2 cup serving, and it's got Vitamin D, calcium, potassium, and so many other great vitamins and minerals. You can also consider Honey Nut Cheerios, but those have more sugar.
4. Nature's Path Rice Puffs Cereal
If you're looking for a no-sugar option in the cereal option, consider this one. It's low-calorie, certified organic, and made with brown rice. It's not the most crunchy option on the list, but it is still a good choice to pick up from the grocery store or Amazon.
5. Cascadian Farms Hearty Morning Fiber
Whole wheat flakes, granola clusters, wheat bran, molasses -- what's not to like? There is a little more sugar in this, but your dietitian should still be happy.
6. Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs
Low-carb, low-calorie, but high-fiber and full of protein -- this is probably one of the healthiest options you could find in the grocery store aisles. It's also free of preservatives and is made with hard red wheat, brown rice, oats, barley, triticale, rye, buckwheat, and sesame seeds.
Do you have a favorite unique low-sugar cereal, or do you just stick with the corn flakes?
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