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Rise and Shine: The Healthiest Cereals

If your morning meal can be best described as "Pour, eat, repeat," it's time to shake up your wake-up. But venturing into the cereal aisle, where every box seems to be plastered with confusing claims that make even the biggest nutritional dud seem like a winner, is enough to make you want to skip breakfast. To the rescue: eight cereals that really belong in your bowl. Our nutritionists verified that each one contains at least 3 grams of fiber, no more than 13 grams of sugar (some of which comes from dried fruit), and less than 230 calories per serving, while our testers ensured that they tasted great.

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Brian Klutch
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Rise and Shine: The Healthiest Cereals
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The Healthiest Breakfast Cereals

What Makes a Winner
Companies submitted nearly 40 new cereals to FITNESS. Our experts -- Anar Allidina, RD, a dietitian in private practice in Toronto; Keri Gans, RD. the author of The Small Change Diet; and Stephanie Middleberg, RD, the founder of Middleberg Nutrition in New York City -- helped us determine which ones should move on to the next round. Those finalists were sampled and voted on by FITNESS staffers.

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Fiber One Nutty Clusters & Almonds

"These are way too delicious to be healthy," one staffer declared. The nutrition facts prove otherwise: One bowl delivers close to half the fiber you need in a day. (180 calories per cup)

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Post Grape-Nuts Fit Cranberry Vanilla

Pair this blend of barley and oats with a small carton of nonfat Greek yogurt -- our favorite way to eat it -- for 23 grams of power-you-up protein. (220 calories per 2/3 cup)

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Three Sisters Multigrain Cinnamon

Many cereals contain almost 200 milligrams of sodium per serving. But these frosted squares, which are "just the right size for snacking," have only 10, the least of any cereal we tested. (190 calories per cup)

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Health Valley Organic Oat Bran Flakes

This "hearty, filling" cereal has nearly a third less sugar than the frosted-cornflake version. (190 calories per cup.)

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Bear Naked Fit Autumn Blend

Between the dried apples and lightly salted pumpkin seeds, "this tastes like fall in a bowl -- and I want to eat it year-round," one staffer said. Eight kinds of whole grains make that totally okay. (210 calories per cup)

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Van's Natural Foods Cinnamon Heaven

Many gluten-free cereals are low in fiber, but this one has five grams of the filling nutrient. Plus, the subtle cinnamon flavor is so good, it's "sinful." (120 calories per 3/4 cup)

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Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Crunch Brown Sugar

These are sweet enough to satisfy an afternoon sugar craving, but not too sugary to eat for breakfast. And tester loved the texture: "They stayed crunchy in milk to the last spoonful," one said. (200 calories per cup)

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Kashi Blackberry Hills

This six-ingredient cereal drew raves for its big freeze-dried berries and crispy flakes. "You could hear me eating this three cubicles away!" a staffer said. (180 calories per cup)

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2013.

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asnipes3 wrote:

Loved the way product information (calories per services, etc.) was given. Just wished coupons were made available.

11/8/2013 07:35:32 AM Report Abuse
suetame70064 wrote:

Are there any English equivalents please ?

9/15/2013 10:33:44 AM Report Abuse
npa_comet wrote:

These options all contain so many calories for so little product. I believe Men's Health's Eat this, not that cereal list is more helpful for those looking for healthier low cal cereal that still taste great....Since when is granola ever healthy? Why not stick to plain oatmeal with your own (healthy) fix ins?

9/15/2013 09:48:01 AM Report Abuse
katsmeow52 wrote:

I agree some of these are tasty, but they all have too much sugar, as someone else mentioned, gluten, and you say nothing about any preservatives, additives, GMO grains, etc., so I question their healthfulness to the population at large.

4/28/2013 01:29:54 PM Report Abuse
lmurdock9 wrote:

I only noticed one (1) item mentioned as gluten-free. Could you make a list like this with all gluten-free cereals?? Thanks!

4/28/2013 11:38:28 AM Report Abuse
geaux99 wrote:

Thanks for saving me time trying to find a good-tasting and healthy cereal, you did all the legwork! Can't wait to try these.

4/28/2013 10:08:27 AM Report Abuse

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