The 9 Best Healthy Cereals to Buy in 2018

Fuel your day with these nutrient-packed options

Whether you eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, a bowl of healthy cereal can be one of the most convenient and satisfying ways to fill you up and get essential nutrients. But with so many cereals on the supermarket shelves, picking a nutritious option that doesn’t taste like cardboard is no easy task. When choosing a healthy breakfast cereal, you’ll definitely want to look for ones that list 100 percent whole grains as their first ingredient and also have at least 3 grams each of fiber. Also, check that there’s less than no more than 5 grams of added sugar. The more protein in your cereal, the better: protein will keep you full and satisfied o you don't feel the need to snack before lunchtime.

We've done the research and found cereals that aren't loaded with tons of calories, artificial ingredients or sugar, but still taste great and will leave you feeling full and satisfied. Check out this list of the best healthy cereals to keep stocked in your pantry.

Best for Weight Loss: Kellogg's Special K Protein Cereal

If you’re looking to lose weight or just want a healthy, satisfying cereal to start your hectic day, you’ll love the great-tasting, lightly sweetened flakes in Kellogg’s Special K Protein Cereal. Packed with 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in a 3/4 cup portion, this low-calorie, low-sugar cereal will fill you up and give you a boost of energy to start your day. The mixture of crunchy rice, soy and wheat flakes also contains 9 grams of whole grains plus essential vitamins and minerals in each serving. Special K Protein is made with no high fructose corn syrup, no trans fat, and no cholesterol.

Whether you eat it plain, with milk or mixed in with yogurt, Special K Protein will curb your hunger and help you power through your day. With 7 grams of sugar, Special K does have 2 grams more than recommended amount for a cereal, but it could be worth it if you want a cereal with lots of protein and whole grains.

Best High-Protein: Kashi GOLEAN Cereal

Another great option for anyone seeking weight loss or maintenance, Kashi GOLEAN is delicious and satisfying, despite being a low-cal, low-fat cereal. It’s a lightly sweetened mix of crunchy fiber twigs, crispy soy protein grahams, and honey-toasted seven whole grains and sesame puffs. All that goodness packs an impressive 13 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber.

Best Instant Oatmeal: Quaker Instant Oatmeal

This tried-and-true cereal is still a healthy and convenient favorite, especially for a quick, hot breakfast on cold winter mornings. Fans of Quaker Instant Oatmeal love its perfect consistency and great flavor. Made from only 100 percent natural and whole grain oats, it’s just 100 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving. You can add your favorite toppings such as cinnamon or dried fruit for more flavor or to make a heartier meal out of it.

Best Budget: Barbara's Bakery Puffins Cereal, Original, 10 Ounce (Pack of 6)

Barbara's Bakery Puffins Cereal in the original flavor offers lots of fiber and vitamin c, all packed into deliciously crunch puffs. The Puffins cereal only has 5 grams of sugar. It also contains 2 grams of protein. At less than $30 for six boxes of this cereal, it's a great bulk option to store in your pantry for a quick breakfast or snack. What's more, a portion of the profits from each box sold goes to the Puffin Project, an organization that focuses on protecting wild puffins.

If you want a more flavored option, Barbara's also makes this puffed cereal in cinnamon and honey rice flavors.

Best for Fiber: Barbara’s High Fiber Medley Cereal

While some cereals leave you feeling like you’re still hungry after eating a bowl of it, Barbara’s High Fiber Medley Cereal sufficiently satisfies your appetite. With an impressive 14 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per serving, it’ll fill you up and give you lasting energy until your next meal.

Made of a slightly sweet mix of crunchy whole grain flax, rolled oats, bran strands and corn flakes, it doesn’t taste like twigs or cardboard, as some other high-fiber cereals do. A bowl of Barbara’s High Fiber Medley cereal with some milk is a perfect, delicious and healthy way to start to your day. You should keep in mind that this cereal has 8 grams of sugar, which is 3 grams more than the recommended amount. However, if you're looking for a fiber-packed option, it could be worth the sugar content.

Best Gluten-Free: Nature's Path Organic Qi'a Gluten-Free Cereal

This cereal is chock full of superfood ingredients like chia seeds, buckwheat, and hemp, making it an ultra-healthy option as far as cereals go. if you have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease and can't eat gluten, this Nature's Path cereal is a great gluten-free option.

It is also vegan and kosher so it meets a variety of lifestyles and dietary restrictions. Reviewers say this cereal makes them feel full and satiated after they eat it, without giving off the sluggish effect other cereals do.

Best for Kids: General Mills Cheerios

Cheerios are a perennial favorite among kids, but there’s plenty for adults to love about it, too. With just 1 gram of sugar per serving, it’s a tasty, healthy and low-calorie cereal option. Made with 100% whole grain oats and fortified with 11 essential vitamins and minerals, Cheerios is a great source of iron, calcium and fiber.

It’s also gluten-free and made without any artificial flavors or colors. Whether you eat it with milk in a bowl or mix it with dried fruit for your own homemade trail mix, it’s a delicious, nutritious way to start the day or the perfect mid-morning or afternoon snack.

Best Granola: 18 Rabbits Organic Gracious Granola

While granola may seem like a healthy cereal option, you should choose carefully because many varieties are high in fat and sugar and it’s easy to go overboard. Unlike many other granola cereals, 18 Rabbits’ ingredient list is very short and full of ingredients that you can easily pronounce. It’s also not packed with lots of added sugar or processed fillers.

This organic cereal is made of whole rolled oats, coconut, maple syrup, and sunflower oil, along with other nutritious items such as chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and hazelnuts, depending on the variety. Although it only contains just 3 grams of sugar per serving, it will delight your taste buds whether you eat it plain, on top of yogurt, with fruit.

Best Sugar-Free: Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs Cereal

 If you're really cutting down on your sugar intake, a cereal with zero sugar is the way to go. You can still enjoy a satisfying, easy-to-make breakfast without consuming more than your daily recommended amount of the sweet stuff.

The Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs cereal also contains 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein to keep you satiated until your next meal. There are also 18 grams of whole grains per serving and the cereal is free of GMOs, soy, and sodium.

Disclosure

At Verywell Fit, our Expert writers are committed to researching and writing thoughtful and editorially independent reviews of the best products for your life and your family. If you like what we do, you can support us through our chosen links, which earn us a commission. Learn more about our review process.