Love it, Like it, Hate it: Breakfast Cereal
When it comes to cravings – particularly carb cravings, breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day. The right breakfast leaves you energized and sustained till lunchtime. The wrong breakfast leaves you feeling bottomed out, craving a carb-rich pick-me-up within hours. And since cereal is one of the more popular breakfast choices, we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best and worst of the seemingly protein-rich breakfast cereals!
These cereals are protein-rich, good source of fiber, and low in sugar, 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 many other breakfast cereals.
Whole Foods 365 Protein & Fiber Cereal
Per 1 cup: 190 cals, 80 mg sodium, 33 grams carbs, 10 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar, 13 g protein
Special K Protein Cereal
Per 3/4 cup: 120 cals, 190 mg sodium, 19 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 7 grams sugar, 10 grams protein
A good source of protein as well as fiber, though they’re slightly higher in sugar than our “love it” options .
Kashi GOLEAN Original
Per 1 cup: 160 cals, 90 mg sodium, 35 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 13 g protein
Nature’s Path Optimum Power
Per 3/4 cup: 200 cals, 230 mg sodium, 38 grams carbs, 9 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 9 g protein
These cereals have nearly 3x more sugar than fiber or protein
Fiber One Protein Cereal
Per 1 cup: 220 cals, 150 mg sodium, 40 grams carbs, 5 grams fiber, 16 g sugar, 6 g protein
**Sugar is listed 5 times in the ingredient list, as sugar, corn syrup, molasses, fructose
Post Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Yogurt + Whole Grain
Per 1 cup: 230 cals, 160 mg sodium, 47 grams carbs, 4 grams fiber, 13 grams sugar, 5 grams protein
**Sugar is listed 12 times in the ingredient list, as sugar, corn syrup, wildflower honey, etc.