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The Picky Eater’s 10 Healthiest Breakfast Cereals

Posted Jul 24 2012 12:00am

We’ve all been there.

The cereal aisle.

Rows and rows of colorful boxes with labels like “whole grain” and “all natural” and “organic” – but which one is actually the healthiest?

I literally used to stand in the cereal aisle forEVER – trying to see past the packaging and find the “truth” about which cereal was the healthiest for me.

The husband once got so bored of me standing there, that he pulled out a book and started reading. No joke.

What, specifically, was I looking for in the cereal aisle? I was looking for a cereal that aligned with all of my “healthy cereal” criteria.

So, before I get to my list of the top 10 healthiest breakfast cereals, here are my Healthy Cereal Rules: 

  • No more than 150 calories per 3/4-1 cup serving
  • Less than 8g sugar per serving (although 5-6g of sugar is ideal and what I strive for)
  • At least 4-5g fiber per serving
  • No dried fruit
  • The first few ingredients should say “whole grain” or “bran” or “whole wheat”
  • At least 3g protein per serving
  • No weird ingredients / preservatives that I can’t pronounce
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