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.
Power breakfasts for energy
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mix it into Greek yogurt.
Per 3/4 cup: 250 calories, 5 g protein, 38 g carbs (4 g fiber), 9 g fat