Sometimes you just need that mid day pick-me-up or maybe midnight snack and a bowl of cereal comes to mind. The perfect amount of crunch paired with cold milk, really hits the spot! However what some people don’t realize is that cereal has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy cookies in just one cup. And sugar’s not the only problem— seemingly healthy options like raisin bran add nearly 15 percent of the daily value of sodium before it’s even lunchtime. So while some people think they are enjoying a light healthy snack they are filling their body with copious amounts of sugar and sodium.
Do not allow your spirits to be crushed because cereal can still be consumed in a healthy manner and I am here to give you a list of healthy cereal that you can eat and not feel guilty. Cheerios is a low-calorie choice with 100 calories per cup. This cereal tops the healthiest cereal list because of its low sugar content at just 1g. The Children’s Hospital of Boston has selected Cheerios as a healthiest cereal pick. Eating whole-grain cereal has been associated with a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and better overall health in some studies. Below is a list of healthy cereals that you should choose when strolling through the cereal isle at your local grocery store:
- General Mills Cheerios
- Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs
- General Mills Total Whole Grain
- General Mills Fiber One
- Kellogg’s Special K Protein Plus
- General Mills Kix
- Kellogg’s All Bran
- Quaker Oats-Quick Oats
Another trick for cutting out calories when eating cereal is to substitute regular milk for almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, or soy milk. By choosing the right brand and substituting regular milk for a healthier option, your cereal snack is all of a sudden guilt free!