Love it, Like it, Hate it: Breakfast Cereal

When it comes to cravings – particularly carbohydrate cravings, breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day.  The right breakfast leaves you energized and sustained until lunchtime.  The wrong breakfast leaves you feeling bottomed out, craving a carb-rich pick-me-up within hours.  Since cereal is one of the more popular breakfast choices, we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best and worst of seemingly healthful cereals!



These cereals are protein-rich, high in fiber, low in sugar, and ideally contain healthful fats, all of which translate to a belly-filling breakfast that will sustain you until your next meal or snack. They’re also lower in sodium than most other breakfast cereals.


Nutritious Living’s The ZONE cereal by Dr. Sears

Per  ½ cup: 160 cals, 7 grams fat, 0.5 grams sat fat, 55 mg sodium, 16 grams carbs, 5 grams fiber, 5 grams sugar, 14 grams protein


Nutritious Living’s Hi-Lo 100% Natural Cereal, Original Flavor

Per ½ cup: 90 cals, 1 grams fat, 0 sat fat, 95 mg sodium, 13 grams carbs, 6 grams fiber, 3 grams sugar, 12 g protein



A good source of fiber, and though they’re slightly higher in sugar, they have as at least as much protein as sugar.


Kashi GOLEAN Crisp

Per ¾ cup: 190 cals, 4 grams fat, 0.5 grams sat fat, 130 mg sodium, 34 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 10 g protein

Post Great Grains PROTEIN BLEND – Honey, Oats, & Seeds

Per 1 cup:  220 cals, 5 grams fat, 0.5 grams sat fat, 190 mg sodium, 37 grams carbs, 6 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 8 g  protein



These cereals have as much as four times more sugar than fiber or protein

Raisin Bran {even those labeled as high omega-3s}

Per 1 cup: 180 cals, 1.5 grams fat, 0 sat fat, 190 mg sodium, 44 grams carbs, 5 grams fiber, 17 g sugar, 4 g protein

Kellogg’s Special K ‘MultiGrain’ cereal

Per 1 cup: 110 cals, 0 fat, 0 sat fat, 190 mg sodium, 27 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar, 2 grams protein

‘multigrain’ simply means more than 1 grain. Ingredients: Whole grain wheat, rice, sugar, milled corn, added fibers.

1 Comment

  • Guest

    It seems she must be sponsored by Whole Foods. Always chooses the most expensive option. Special K Protein is at least as good as the top choices, but it is not included in this article.

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