We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but few of us have the time to start separating eggs or pureeing the contents of the fruit bowl every morning. That’s why cereals are top of the shopping list for most people – they’re so easy to make even when you’ve got a toddler’s teeth embedded in your thigh or you’re about to be late for work for the third time this week and it is only Wednesday. In general, the healthiest breakfast cereals will be high in fibre and protein but relatively low in carbohydrate, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Look for cereals that have more than nine grams of protein and fibre in every 100 grams and less than around 70 grams of carbohydrate. If you haven’t got the time, or the inclination, to inspect the ingredients labels on every box, here are ten of the best choices if you want to start the day in the right way and still make it to school or work on time (or at least within half an hour of the start of the day).
Generally Healthy Options
Quaker Oat Crisp: 10.6g protein, 60.8g carbs, 12.7g fibre, 364 calories per 100g.
Mornflake Oatbran Flakes: 11.9g protein, 63.2g carbs, 12.4g fibre, 372 calories.
Nestle Shredded Wheat: 11.6g protein, 68.5g carbs, 11.6g fibre, 363 calories.
Grape Nuts: 10.5g protein, 71g carbs, 11.5g fibre, 345 calories.
Weetabix Cereal: 11.5g protein, 68.6g carbs, 10g fibre, 358 calories.
High-Fibre, Low Sugar or Low GI
Kellogg’s All-Bran Original: 14g protein, 48g carbs, 27g fibre, 334 calories.
Sainsbury’s High Fibre Bran: 14.3g protein, 48.4g carbs, 25.4g fibre, 335 calories.
Sainsbury’s Puffed Wheat: 15g protein, 70g carbs, 9.2g fibre, 376 calories.
Kellogg’s Raisin Wheats: 9g protein, 69g carbs, 9g fibre, 325 calories.
Kellogg’s Frosted Wheats: 10g protein, 72g carbs, 9g fibre, 364 calories.
Sainsbury’s Wholegrain Mini Wheats: 11.8g protein, 68.2g carbs, 11.2g fibre, 359 calories.