Fiber One 80 Calories Chocolate Cereal
80 calories may sound like nothing, but one serving is only 30g (most cereals consider a serving to be about 55g). That said, even if you double the calories, sugar and fat, the numbers are low compared to most cereals, making this a great bet—especially since it's packed with lots of fiber and tastes great. It's not as chocolatey as Cocoa Puffs, but it will certainly satisfy that craving.
Kashi Autumn Wheat Whole Wheat Biscuits
One 54g serving has 180 calories, almost no fat, no sodium and 7g of sugar. It's very high in fiber (24% of your daily requirement), and has some protein making it a great option and certainly a lot better than Frosted Mini-Wheats. In fact, in comparing nutritional information, I found these to be the healthiest of all the shredded wheat cereals (with the exception of those that have zero sugar).
Familia Swiss Muesli Cereal, No Added Sugar
People assume that Muesli is healthy and while that's true—the ingredients list is very clean—it's not a low calorie pick at 210 calories for 57g. Further, though it has 18% fiber and 6g of protein, you could find better numbers with the aforementioned cereals. If you do opt for this, make sure it's the no added sugar Swiss Muesli you're going for—it still has 7g of sugar, which is more than enough.
This is a great alternative to Corn Pops and those kinds of cereals. It comes in a few varieties, but the Original has the best nutritional content (even better than Multigrain). One serving has just 90 calories—but again that's for just 30g, so double the calories and everything else because odds are you will be eating closer to 60g of the cereal. Sugar is at 5g and it's relatively high in fiber and low in fat.
Post Raisin Bran
This is one of those cereals that people think is healthy, but in reality, it's full of sugar and calories. For the most part, Post cereals aren't the best options and many contain high fructose corn syrup. Not only does one 59g serving of this cereal have 20g of sugar, but it has a ton of sodium. Because both salt and sugar are addictive, many manufactures put salt in sweet products and then cover up the salty flavor with even more sugar.
Food For Life Ezekiel 4:9 Organic Sprouted Grain Cereal, Golden Flax
With 0g of sugar and clean, organic ingredients, this is the best cereal choice by far—for everything except flavor. Little surprise given its nutritional content. This cereal is pretty bland, but it makes for fantastic cereal filler; mix a few spoonfuls of this with your favorite cereal and boost its health appeal, no matter which one you opt for.
You might think that just because you’re buying a cereal labeled all-natural, organic or because it’s sold at a health food store or made by Kashi that’s is automatically good for you—but that’s far from the case. Here, we take a look at which healthy cereals are “the best” and which are “the worst,” so you can make more informed decisions next time you’re loading up your shopping cart.