By Jo Schaalman and Julie Pelaez of the Conscious Cleanse
There’s no doubt about – American adults and kids alike love cereal. It’s fast, easy, and reliable. But how does it stand up nutritionally?
Unfortunately (and probably no surprise to you) most breakfast cereals are loaded with sugar! Not to mention that most mainstream brands are filled with GMOs, artificial colors, corn (a top allergen), and vegetable oil. The worst? They are marketed to as “health foods.” An unassuming consumer might see the label that say “low fat” or “whole grain” and think that it’s a good choice.
While we personally opt for a green juice or green smoothie for breakfast, our kids typically want something more. And when overnight slow cooker oats, scrambled eggs, or a protein-packed smoothie bowl don’t fly, there’s the easy and natural fall-back choice – cereal.
Shopping the cereal aisle at the grocery store can be a confusing endeavor. Hopefully the following list will help you choose a healthy cereal for you and your family.
Our Favorite and Healthiest Breakfast Cereals
Purely Elizabeth Granola – Hands down, the best granola on the market! Gluten-free and loaded with ancient grains, you can’t go wrong with any flavor. Jules’ personal favorite is the Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic. Jo loves their Grain- Free Pumpkin Spice.
Love Grown Power O’s – A unique cereal that is revolutionizing cereal (thank you!). While these O’s mimic an old-standby, they’re made from navy beans, lentils, and garbanzo beans. Don’t be scared away, your kids will never know! We love the Chocolate (do you see a theme here?) and Strawberry, and while on the sweet-side, the sugar is low compared to many alternatives.
Magic Spoon – Grain-free, gluten-free, high protein, low carb, this cereal may seem too good to be true! With 12 grams of complete protein in every bowl, you can’t go wrong with any of the flavors you loved as a kid!
Catalina Crunch – If your kids ever crave Cinnamon Toast Crunch, then this is the perfect healthy version. Jo’s kiddos favorite. No sugar, low carb, gluten-free, and grain-free, this is more like a sweet treat than an everyday option, but without the guilt.
As with any food, try something and then see how you feel. We prefer homemade almond milk in our cereal at home, but there are good unsweetened options on the market now too. Enjoy!