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!

 

LOVE IT!

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

 

 

 

LIKE IT!

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

 

 

HATE IT!

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.