The Healthiest Breakfast Cereals

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January 4, 2011
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Cereal for Grown-Ups

Gone are the days when your breakfast came with a toy or turned your milk into a Technicolor dream (well, we hope those days have passed). Yet, cereal still reigns as a classic way to start your morning. Here are seven tasty choices that will help you lose weight, protect your heart, and leave you feeling satisfied.

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This list was compiled by editors at Men's Health and Women's Health, along with nutritionists Karen Ansel, RD, Maureen Callahan, RD, Lisa Drayer, RD, and Kerry Neville, RD.

 

Bear Naked granola
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Bear Naked 100% All-Natural Granola, Maple Pecan

An indulgent granola made with whole grain oats and pecans, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup.

Per 1/4 cup: 130 cal, 4.5 g fat (0.5 g sat), 22 g carbs, 20 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein

Kashi Go Lean! Crisp cereal box
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Kashi GoLean Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble

Get your sugary cereal fix without the guilt: This sweet and crispy cereal is peppered with oats, cranberries, and blueberries.

Per 3/4 cup: 100 cal, 4 g fat (0 g sat), 35 g carbs, 130 mg sodium, 8 g fiber, 9 g protein

Nature's Path Organic Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise
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Nature's Path Organic Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise

Need to be gluten-free, or just want to break out of a breakfast rut? Try this omega-3-rich treat made with unusual grains such as flax, quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth. A hint of vanilla separates it from other bowl options.

Per 2/3 cup: 110 cal, 1 g fat (0 g sat), 25 g carbs, 130 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein

Kashi Cinnamon Harvest
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Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits, Cinnamon Harvest

One bowl packs the fiber you need to stay full until lunch.

Per 2 oz (28 biscuits): 180 calories, 6 g protein, 43 g carbs (5 g fiber), 1 g fat

Quaker Weight Control Instant Oatmeal
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Quaker Weight Control Instant Oatmeal

This morning meal has a sane number of calories and won't jolt your tastebuds with too much sugar.

Per packet: 160 calories, 7 g protein, 29 g carbs (6 g fiber), 3 g fat

Arrowhead Mills Organic Steel Cut Oats Hot Cereal
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Arrowhead Mills Organic Steel Cut Oats Hot Cereal

It's nuttier and more filling than instant oatmeal.

Per 1/4 cup: 160 calories, 6 g protein, 27 g carbs (8 g fiber), 3 g fat

Nature's Path Organic Pomegran Plus Granola with Cherries
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Nature's Path Organic Pomegran Plus Granola with Cherries

Mix it into Greek yogurt.

Per 3/4 cup: 250 calories, 5 g protein, 38 g carbs (4 g fiber), 9 g fat

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