Food & Nutrition

Healthiest cereal you can buy – 5 options to try if you want to start your day with a healthy bowl of cereal

Published by Finn Hayden

Cereal gets a bad rap, and to be honest we're not really surprised by this - a lot of cereal is packed with sugar and calories, making it far from a healthy way to start the day. Having said that, there are more healthy cereal options than ever, and we've written about a lot of them.

We've published lots of specific guides about breakfast cereal, but we wanted to publish a broader guide about the healthiest breakfast cereal you can buy. We'll be looking at a number of factors such as how much sugar is in the cereal and more. Let's get into it:

All Bran

We mentioned in our guide to cereal which is high in Vitamin D that a few years ago, the Kellogg's brand decided to increase the amount of Vitamin D found in almost every Kellogg's cereal quite significantly. This now means that when it comes to Vitamin D, you won't find many cereals which contain more than Kellogg's cereals. Obviously, we couldn't then describe all Kellogg's cereals as healthy just because they contain Vitamin D, as some of the chocolatey cereals like Coco Pops aren't really too healthy. But there are some Kellogg's cereals which are definitely healthy, and we think the healthiest is probably All-Bran. It only contains 18g of sugar per 100g and it's also packed with fibre, with 27g of fibre per 100g. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com
All-Bran

Lizi's Low Sugar Granola

People are often shocked at how much sugar is hidden in certain granola brands, and it's not just added sugar either - granola which contains a lot of fruit will likely contain a lot of naturally occurring sugar too. But not all granola is packed with sugar, and we've got an entire guide about healthy granola which proves this point. If we had to pick one granola as the healthiest you can buy, it would probably be Lizi's Low Sugar Granola. As well as containing less than 4% sugar (4g per 100g of granola), this granola is also packed with protein and goodness thanks to all the nuts and seeds found in it., as well as lots of healthy fats and fibre. Learn more and buy it here - waitrose.com
Lizi's low sugar granola

SURREAL

Picking a breakfast cereal which is high in protein is a great idea for a number of reasons. For starters, protein is an essential nutrient that your body needs for a number of purposes. But also, consuming protein helps to keep you feeling full, which is ideal for first thing in the morning when you might not be eating again until lunch. There are lots of options when it comes to high protein cereal, but we'd say the healthiest of the lot is the SURREAL cereal - as well as containing a very impressive 33g of protein per 100g, this cereal is also free from added sugar and gluten free. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk

SURREAL cereal

Post Grape Nuts

Just like protein, fibre is another essential nutrient which is great to consume first thing in the morning as it helps you to feel fuller and helps your body to perform a number of vital processes throughout the day. When we were looking at cereals which are high in fibre, we were quite surprised by the number of fibre cereals that we found which are packed with sugar. But that's not the case for all of them and we definitely found some fibre cereal which we'd describe as healthy. The healthiest cereal for fibre that we've found would have to be Post Grape Nuts. As well as containing 12g of fibre per 100g, it also contains no added sugar and is fortified with 6 different vitamins and minerals. Learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk

Grape Nuts

Shredded Wheat

Often the simplest cereals are the healthiest, and that's definitely the case with Shredded Wheat - this cereal only contains 1 ingredient, which is whole grain wheat. That means it contains very little sugar (0.7g per 100g) and very little fat (2.2g per 100g), but people are also often surprised that Shredded Wheat is quite high in protein, with 12.2g of protein per 100g, and also fibre, with 12.2g per 100g again. So if you want a simple and healthy cereal then you can't do much better than Shredded Wheat, learn more and buy it here - tesco.com

Shredded Wheat

We hope this guide helps you to find a healthy cereal to enjoy. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us to try!

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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