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The Best Healthy Cereal Options You Can Buy

Put down that box of sugar-laden kids' cereal.
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Sure, stacks of buttery pancakes, loads of crispy bacon, and a plate of freshly fried eggs all sound like morning masterpieces, but have you ever just craved a nice big bowl of delicious cereal served with ice-cold (dairy-free) milk? It is undeniable—sometimes cereal just hits the spot.

In order to help satisfy all your cereal cravings, we put together a list of 13 healthier cereal options so that you can watch out for your health but not have to sacrifice taste along the way. From cereals that are low-sugar reinventions of old childhood classics to fiber-rich choices that are packed with flavor, you may just find your next favorite cereal in this list.

Three Wishes Grain-Free Cereal

three wishes grain free cereal

Per 3/4 cup: 120 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 8 g protein

Three Wishes' honey-flavored cereal pairs perfectly with almond or oat milk and sliced bananas. Its grain-free recipe makes it an ideal option for those looking for a gluten-free breakfast alternative, as it is made using chickpea flour, pea protein, and tapioca instead of wheat. With only three grams of sugar per serving, this cereal may just become your next favorite on-the-go snack, too.

$34.99 for 6 boxes at Amazon
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Cascadian Farm Organic Purely O's

cascadian farm organic os cereal

Per 1 1/2 cup: 140 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 240 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (4 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 4 g protein

Cascadian Farm Organic Purely O's cereal has zero artificial flavors or colors and is made using tasty whole grains, including organic whole wheat and barley. Whole grains are high in vitamins and nutrients that can help prevent strokes, manage blood sugar levels, and even protect against some cancers. Enjoy this simple cereal in a bowl of milk, topped with Greek yogurt, or sprinkled over vanilla ice cream.

$3.69 at Amazon
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365 Everyday Value Wheat Squares

365 wheat squares cereal

Per 1 1/4 cup: 220 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 5 mg sodium, 47 g carbs (5 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 7 g protein

These certified vegan wheat squares have 49 grams of whole grain per serving and are high in fiber, which can help you not only keep your digestive system in check but can also keep blood sugar stable and even prevent diabetes. We love to jazz this cereal up by tossing some strawberries, walnuts, and flax seeds right into the bowl.

$2.99 at Amazon
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Nature's Path EnviroKidzPeanut Butter Panda Puffs

panda puffs cereal

Per 3/4 cup: 130 calories, 3.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 2 g protein

This incredibly delicious cereal is marketed towards kids, but individuals of any age can enjoy this morning treat. One hundred percent vegan and made with wholesome ingredients, this crunchy peanut butter option is free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. An added plus? One percent of all of EnviroKidz cereals are donated to animal conservation efforts. So not only can you dig into a tasty cereal, but you can also be charitable along the way.

$20.94 for 3 boxes at Amazon
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Kashi GO Chocolate Crunch Cereal

kashi chocolate crunch cereal

Per 3/4 cup: 210 calories, 7 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 120 mg sodium, 32 g carbs (9 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 10 g protein

This Kashi GO Chocolate Crunch Cereal is made using delicious fair-trade chocolate and other wholesome ingredients such as hard red wheat, brown rice, barley, and rye. Packed with 10 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber, this cereal is sure to help brighten up any morning.

$2.53 at Amazon
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Nature's Path Flax Plus Multibran Flakes

nature's path flax plus multibran flakes

Per 1 cup: 150 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 31 g carbs (7 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 5 g protein

This low-sugar, fiber-filled cereal is made using whole wheat flour, wheat bran, cane sugar, and an abundance of flax seeds. Flax seeds, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, have many health benefits including their ability to help lower blood pressure, control eczema, and even improve cell function.

$4.49 at Amazon
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Love Grown Sea Stars

love grown sea stars cereal

Per 1 cup: 90 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 45 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (2 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 3 g protein

Love Grown helps make healthier breakfast cereals a bit more exciting with their Sea Stars toasted rice and bean option. Made using a unique blend of navy, lentil, and garbanzo beans, and naturally flavored using fruit, this gluten-free cereal may just become your (or your children's) favorite morning dish.

$24.64 for 6 boxes at Amazon
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Seven Sundays Wild & Free Blueberry Chia Muesli Cereal

seven sundays gluten free cereal muesli

Per 1/2 cup: 240 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 5 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (6 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 8 g protein

Mix things up with this blueberry chia muesli cereal from Seven Sundays. With only seven grams of sugar and nine grams of protein, this morning cereal is healthier than other leading breakfast granola options. There are also endless ways to eat it—for example, you can serve it in a cold bowl of oat milk, or prepare it warm by mixing in hot water. If you're really looking to spice up your mornings, you could even toss some of this muesli into pancake batter or serve it on top of dairy-free yogurt and drizzle it with honey.

$6.24 at Amazon
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Ezekiel Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal

Ezekiel cereal in bowl with milk and fruit
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Per 1/2 cup: 190 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (6 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 8 g protein

Ezekiel doesn't just make nutrient-dense bread—the company also makes deliciously healthy breakfast cereals. Made with organic sprouted wheat, barley, and almonds, this cereal, which has less than 1 gram of sugar per serving, is perfect to serve with vanilla-flavored almond or rice milk.

$46.31 for 6 boxes at Amazon
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Magic Spoon Cocoa Cereal

magic spoon cereal cocoa boxes

Per 3/4 cup: 110 calories, 6 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 60 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (2 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 12 g protein

This delicious cereal, which boasts a hint of rich cocoa flavor, reminds us of our favorite childhood cereals minus all the excess artificial ingredients. Not only is Magic Spoon's Cocoa Cereal low-carb and keto-friendly, but it also has zero grams of sugar, making it the perfect option for those looking to cut down on the sweet stuff. An added bonus? Each serving has 12 grams of protein to help you power through any morning.

$39 for 4 boxes at Magic Spoon
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Barbara's Puffins Protein Berry Burst

puffins protein berry burst cereal

Per 1 cup: 140 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 140 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (3 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 6 g protein

We love the fruit-filled flavor of this vegan cereal. Made using whole-grain corn flour, pea protein concentrate, raspberry powder, among other wholesome ingredients, it also is a great option for those who stay away from gluten as it is gluten-free.

$68.93 for 12 boxes at Amazon
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Kashi Cinnamon French Toast Cereal

box of kashi cinnamon french toast cereal

Per 1 cup: 120 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (6 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 2 g protein

Feel like eating French toast but just don't have the time to whip it up? Look no further than this cinnamon French toast cereal, which delivers that same delicious taste without all of the extra sugar. Made using whole yellow corn flour, red lentil flour, cinnamon, and maple syrup, a bowl of this cereal has just seven grams of sugar per serving and is packed with fiber.

$2.73 at Amazon
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One Degree Vegan Sprouted Brown Rice Cacao Crisps

box of one degree cacao crisps cereal

Per 2/3 cup: 90 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 70 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (1 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 2 g protein

One Degree's Vegan Sprouted Cacao Crisps is a healthier, updated version of a childhood classic. At only 90 calories per serving and filled with health-friendly ingredients, such as organic sprouted brown rice, coconut palm sugar, and cacao, this crispy cereal will have you looking forward to early mornings.

$4.99 at Amazon
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Brittany Natale
Brittany Natale is a food and lifestyle writer. Read more