We know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If your grandma was anything like mine, if she had her way, we and our children would be sitting down to a nice, hot breakfast of eggs, toast, fruit, bacon and orange juice every day. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have time for that and in many families, cold cereal is the breakfast of choice, particularly on weekdays. While my kids will eat the healthier of the cereals most of the time, sometimes they (or I!) want something special. Here are some good bets to try if you’re looking for a somewhat healthy “unhealthy” breakfast cereal:
- Mini Wheats Little Bites Chocolate My kids love Frosted Mini Wheats, but these take the sweetness a step further, because they’re made with cocoa-flavored shreds of wheat. These may be one of the better bets if your kids want a chocolatey cereal, because each serving packs in 6 grams of fiber and only 2 grams of fat. You could even give these to your kids as an afternoon snack, with or without milk.
- Special K Cinnamon Pecan Special K is often thought of as a “grown up” cereal, but the Cinnamon Pecan variety is pretty sweet and kid-friendly! It lives up to its reputation as being a healthy option for breakfast, as this flavor contains only 7 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber.
- Cheerios Your kids probably already eat the plain variety, which are tasty to all kids, from toddlers to teens, but the flavored varieties are almost as healthy. Cheerios, whether they’re honey nut or apple cinnamon, have vitamin D added, and are a good source of whole grains, iron and protein.
- Kix This cereal isn’t sparkly, colorful or sugar-coated, but it provides just enough sweetness to make it appealing to kids. It has 3 grams of fiber and an impressively low 3 grams of sugar.
- Life Do you remember the commercials for Life cereal? Only Mikey would try it, because “Mikey will eat everything!” Life is another one that doesn’t look like a kid cereal, but kids tend to love it because it’s just sweet enough to taste great. It contains 6 grams of sugar and 2 grams of fiber.
When looking for a relatively healthy sweet cereal, you want to choose one with 3 or 4 grams of fiber, if possible, and not too many sugar grams. Also, check the calorie and fat count. Serve cereal with skim or low-fat milk and fruit if possible to get your kids’ day off to the best start possible!
What are your favorite breakfast cereals?