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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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Rise and Shine: The Healthiest Cereals
Brian Klutch
Brian Klutch
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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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cooper_hawks wrote:

These cereals are disgustingly sweet and unhealthy. If you MUST eat cold cereal versus steel cut oatmeal, cereals such a Fiber One Original, Kashi Go Lean, and Life should be on this list-not sugary coated junk food.

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9/22/2013 12:12:30 AM Report Abuse
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9/18/2013 10:37:56 AM Report Abuse
rperry69 wrote:

Is there a way to have the information in a pdf , instead od slides, so I can share the information

8/5/2013 10:12:42 AM Report Abuse
lauraedenfield1 wrote:

give me oatmeal made with milk, a few pieces of fresh fruit and some sliced almonds, cheaper and better for you

4/29/2013 02:56:01 PM Report Abuse
reception312 wrote:

hey madeline481197 i go to print then print all, there is get to see everyone all at once.

4/29/2013 08:59:17 AM Report Abuse
mnshopper2 wrote:

I can't even get to see the other 7 cereals! Cereal is just full of too many sugars and carbs - they don't even belong in a Fitness magazine at all really.

4/28/2013 09:39:41 PM Report Abuse
madeline48197 wrote:

Your format - paging through from page to page - is too time consuming. I lose interest after about two or three pages. Also, if you are going to be a shill for Kellog, General Mills, etc. - just put up an ad. Some of the other comments recognized the fact that these cereals are full of sugar. And they are probably a lot younger than I am. We expect more from a magazine whose name is "Fitness".

4/28/2013 03:22:16 PM Report Abuse
jbarbiaux wrote:

Why, oh why, do the manufacturers make cereals so sweet. I may be a sugar freak, but I would at least like to taste the cereal instead of the sugar. They could cut back a lot on sugar.

4/28/2013 02:47:24 PM Report Abuse
ktaylor5561 wrote:

Every single one of these has more carbs and sugar than any healthy person needs in one sitting. Just eat oatmeal, shredded wheat and cheerios. Cheaper too!

4/28/2013 11:57:56 AM Report Abuse

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