Since the inception of ready-to-eat cereals over 100 years ago, Americans have enjoyed bowls of cereal for both breakfast and snacks. Today’s super-market shelf staples are a far cry from the wheat flakes and corn puffs of the past, and while some provide fiber, vitamins and minerals, others are ticking sugar bombs ready to wreck havoc on your healthy eating goals. Navigating the choices can be difficult, and without careful consideration, your cereal bowl might resemble a sugar-laden chocolate dessert more than a nutritious meal! Bon’App is here to help you choose the healthiest option, whether you prefer your cereal plain, slightly sweet, or extra-crunchy.
General Mills Cheerios
Cheerios is an iconic breakfast food that endures as the most popular cereal brand in America. Original, unsweetened Cheerios are a great option, as they contain no added sugar. And with 4 grams of Fiber and just 100 Calories per cup, who can say no? Not only that, like many cereals, Cheerios are fortified with important nutrients including calcium, iron, and vitamin D. Avoid opting for other General Mills sweetened varieties, such as Honey Nut, which contain 253 Calories and 23 grams of Sugar for the same 1-cup serving. Instead, if you’re looking to add a touch of sweetness to your bowl, add a handful of blueberries or sliced banana. Combined with low-fat milk, this breakfast will surely keep you satisfied throughout the morning.
Cheerios, 1 Cup
Kashi Cinnamon Harvest Cereal
If you can’t resist a little sweetness to start the day, that’s ok too. As long as the sugar-containing cereal also provides important nutrients, you’ll start the day off right. To cut back on sugar, it’s wise to mix half a serving of unsweetened cereal with half a serving of your favorite sweetened variety. Containing 180 Calories and only 9 grams of sugar per serving, Bon’App recommends Kashi Cinnamon Harvest Cereal, which has just the right amount of natural sweetness, and a hint of spicy cinnamon. The fiber-filled biscuits are also made with whole grains, and contain protein, vitamins and minerals, which balance out the sugar content.
Kashi Cinnamon Harvest Cereal, 21 Biscuits
Kelloggs’s Special K Protein Plus
Protein packs an important dietary punch – it helps build and repair muscle and satisfy hunger! With a delightfully crispy crunch and lightly sweetened flakes, Kellogg’s Protein Plus cereal provides an excellent breakfast option that will surely keep you powering through the morning. With just 120 Calories per ¾ cup serving and 10 grams of Protein, this cereal will help you achieve your healthy eating goals. Enjoy with low-fat milk or yogurt for breakfast, or as a cereal snack bag for your mid-afternoon snack.
Kellogg’s Special K Protein Plus, 3/4 Cup
No matter which cereal variety you prefer, remember that a serving is about the size of your fist. And just because your bowl can hold 4 cups, doesn’t mean it should! If you’re unsure of which cereal option is right for you, just ask Bon’App! “What’s in my food?”