Sugary breakfast cereals have been a staple of American diets for a long time. They're a quick way to get kids breakfast in the often hectic early morning. But many cereals, especially those marketed to children, are loaded with excess sugar, refined carbs, and are made from processed grains, which means their nutritional value is sorely lacking. Too much sugar can cause blood-sugar spikes followed by crashes, which means that by the time lunch rolls around, kids might be nodding off in class.
But never fear! There's no need to skip out on cereal entirely. Instead, look for cereals high in fiber and low in sugar. Though not all of these cereals have kid-centered artwork their boxes, the contents within are delicious for anyone, including kids! Listed here are six healthy cereals that your kids will love.
1. Barbara’s Puffins
Fiber is the key to feeling fuller longer. With five grams of fiber per serving, Barbara's Puffins Cereal should keep little stomachs full for hours. This cereal also boasts being low fat, low cholesterol, and is wheat-free, for those with low-gluten diets. It is available in original (sweetened with molasses) and cinnamon flavors. The adorable box art is a bonus too, and should help smaller children gravitate toward this healthy breakfast.
2. Uncle Sam Wheat Berry Flakes
It doesn't get much simpler, or more wholesome, than Uncle Sam Wheat Berry Flakes. This cereal has just four ingredients: whole wheat berries, salt, whole flaxseed and barley. If those don't exactly sound like kid-friendly ingredients, fear not! Uncle Sam's roasting process give the cereal a unique, sweet nutty flavor. Reviews state that it tastes a bit like hazelnuts. With a a great amount of fiber per serving, this should be a winner at keeping the kids full throughout the day. The subtle sweetness also means that it pairs excellently with sliced fruit.
3. Bear Naked Toasted Coconut Clusters
Unique flavors can go a long way in piquing a child's interest. Coconut is not often seen in breakfast cereals, but Bear Naked has begun incorporating it into their cereal. Bear Naked's Toasted Coconut Clusters contain four grams of fiber and five grams of protein per serving, and are made with non-GMO whole oats, toasted almonds, and of course, toasted coconut. Other flavors include chocolate and honey.
Sometimes, oldies really are goodies. Kix, the familiar spherical kid's cereal, has been around for over 70 years. For such an easily-recognizable brand, it is surprisingly healthy, with three grams of fiber and two grams of protein per serving. It also has just three grams of sugar per serving, which is a far cry from most cereal made especially for kids. Kix are also available in berry and honey flavors, though the original flavor remains the healthiest.
5. Original Cheerios
Another great option for gluten-free eaters is the ever-popular classic, Cheerios. This common cereal can be found just about everywhere, from grocery stores to gas stations, which means you'll never be stuck waiting for a restock of the health food aisle. This staple boasts three grams of fiber and just one gram of sugar per serving. The subtle flavor of the original (other flavors include honey, berry and chocolate) also pairs deliciously with fresh fruit.
6. Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal in Organic Warm Cinnamon
Kashi is known for being a heart-healthy brand, but that doesn't mean their cereal is only for adults! Cinnamon tastes great no matter what age you are, and Kashi's Heart to Heart Oat Cereal in Organic Warm Cinnamon boasts plenty of the warm flavor. It also has four grams of fiber and three grams of protein per serving. This is one that parents and kids can enjoy together, and with equal benefit!
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