If you’re looking for cereal that will help you lose weight, you may find yourself at a loss. Practically every box that doesn’t have marshmallows inside claims that it will improve your health. Thankfully, there are a few standouts when it comes to losing weight. However, they may not be the lowest in calories.
The Healthiest Cereals
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but a heavy dose of fiber and protein make it the best it can be. While you should keep in mind the calorie content, don’t automatically reach for the lowest. Those cereals don’t always have the staying power that you need to keep going all day. These may not be the gimmicky, sugar loaded, dessert tasting cereals, but they are all free of trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Some studies show that these unnatural substances can cause you to eat more, have more cravings and therefore, keep you from losing weight. Most people who eat healthy, unprocessed foods, maintain weight loss and don’t regain weight.
1. Kashi Go Lean Varieties
A large, 1 cup serving of Kashi Go Lean contains 13 g protein, 10 g fiber, and very little sugar, despite the fact that it still tastes sweet. All that, and only 140 calories, and you’ll be able to avoid going snack crazy!
2. Regular Oatmeal
The huge dose of fiber and protein keep you full for a long time, and pack a whole grain punch. Totally natural, regular oatmeal is a great addition to your diet and is completely unprocessed. The five-minute cooking time usually makes people shy away, so make a double batch and save the second bowl for the next day. Throw in 1/2 banana, sliced and get a serving of fruit with breakfast.
3. Uncle Sam Original
Uncle Sam is a lesser known cereal, usually found in the health foods or organic section of the supermarket. The Omega 3 fatty acids, 10 g fiber and 7 g protein set this all natural cereal apart from many others. Uncle Sam has 5 g fat as well, thanks for the omega 3, so it’s not unhealthy fat, and will actually slow digestion to keep you full.
4. Wheat Chex
The bar mix staple is also great for breakfast. At only 160 calories in a 3/4 cup serving, you’ll still get 5 g of fiber and protein. Sprinkle it with a little cinnamon and it tastes as sweet and crunchy as what your kids are eating!
5. Grape Nuts
Although the serving is relatively small, Grape Nuts also is high in fiber and protein, but low in sugar and fat. At 200 calories per serving, be sure to measure it out before eating to avoid over filling the bowl. One serving is filling enough! Throw on some berries for a little added vitamins and antioxidants.
6. Cheerios – Original, Honey Nut or Multigrain
One of the sweeter choices makes a great a substitute for sweet snacks or dessert, and all varieties are low in calories. You’ll still get some fiber and protein, but sugar does vary between Cheerios choices, so keep that in check with the other foods that you eat during the day.