For many of us, cereal is synonymous with breakfast. I mean, it’s easy and quick. Many of us don’t wake up early enough to waste time cooking — just pour your cereal in a bowl, add milk (almond milk for people who are lactose intolerant) and run off to work. But besides the convenience that cereal provides, eating the right cereals can help you slim down:
Cheerios It’s only right that we start with the cereal with a big heart on the front of the box. Of course there are all different types of Cheerios, from Honey Nut to Frosted. If you want to lose weight, stick with the regular Cheerios — it’s low in sugar and high in fiber.
Serving size: 1 cup; Calories: 100; Sugar: 1 gram; Sodium: 160 mg; Fiber: 3 grams; Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 3 grams
Nature’s Path Organic Smart Bran
On those days in which you don’t have an appetite for vegetables, eat at least a half of a cup of Nature’s Path Organic Smart Bran. This cereal is packed with fiber!
Serving size: 1/2 cup; Calories: 80; Sugar: 6 grams; Sodium: 130 mg; Fiber: 13 grams; Fat: 1 gram; Protein: 3 grams
Post Shredded Wheat n’ Bran
This cereal may be the simplest on the list, only containing two ingredients: whole wheat and bran.
Serving size: 1 1/4 cups: Calories: 200; Sugar: 0 grams; Sodium: 0 mg; Fiber: 9 grams; Fat: 1 gram; Protein: 6 grams
Kellogg’s All Bran
This cereal is marketed as an aid to digestion with its 20 grams of fiber per cup.
Serving size: 1/2 cup: Calories: 80; Sugar: 6 grams; Sodium: 80 mg; Fiber: 10 grams; Fat: 1 gram; Protein: 4 grams
Kellogg’s Bite Size Unfrosted Mini Wheats
Add sweetness sprinkling on a tablespoon of raisins or cinnamon.
Serving size: 30 pieces; Calories: 190; Sugar: 0 grams; Sodium: 0 mg; Fiber: 8 grams; Fat: 1 gram; Protein: 6 grams
Kashi 7 Whole Grain Nuggets
Keep an eye on your sodium intake for the rest of the day (1900mg total max).
Serving size: 1/2 cup: Calories: 210; Sugar: 3 grams; Sodium: 260 mg; Fiber: 7 grams; Fat: 1.5 grams; Protein: 7 grams
For an even healthier bowl of breakfast cereal, replace part of it with fruits, nuts, or flaxseed, and use skim instead of whole milk.