We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when we think of a fueling, hearty, healthy breakfast, cereal isn't the first thing that comes to mind. The breakfast go-to of our younger years, cereal still evokes memories of early mornings before school, toy prizes, and sugary milk to be enjoyed at the end. Healthy cereals simply weren't on our radar (or at least our shopping list) when we were growing up.
Even in our adult lives, cereal can be frowned upon as a meal option—especially when it serves as a stand-in for a dinner in college or an indulgent late-night snack. The cereals we grew up with—sweet concoctions stemming from all the things kids really wanted to eat for breakfast (cinnamon toast, chocolate chip cookies, and Reese's)—are by no means a healthy meal at any age. Yet now, as adults, we're able to sift through offerings on the market (and get past the cereal stigma) to find nutrient-packed, low-sugar options that are actually healthy, responsible ways to kick-start the day. Discover our favorite healthy cereals that will keep you full all day long.
One of the most ubiquitous healthy cereals of the bunch, Kashi's GoLean Crunch is probably one you're already familiar with. Get nine grams of protein and eight grams of fiber via crunchy clusters of whole grains and sesame sweetened with a tad of honey and cinnamon.
For a boost of berry flavor, try Mamma Chia's wild blueberry clusters, crafted from high-quality organic whole grains and packing 10 grams of protein while still being soy- and dairy-free.
Classic flakes will never fail to be a breakfast favorite, and this gluten-free selection from Nature's Path adds a touch of real vanilla for natural sweetness.
If you're looking for a grain-free option, Thrive Market's naturally sweet coconut flakes are made from three simple ingredients—coconut meat, coconut water, and palm starch—and are Paleo-friendly.
For a salty and sweet cereal that doubles as a midday snack, Purely Elizabeth's ancient grain granola serves up a superfood-packed blend of chia seeds, quinoa, and coconut oil.
Honey-coated organic whole oats and crisp rice come together for crunchy goodness in this filling granola cereal from Cascadian Farm.