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Cereal was something that many of us ate as kids and based on a study from Mintel, it seems that many of us still do. The research found that 89% of people say that they eat it for breakfast and 43% for a snack. And while the options are seemingly endless, if you are going to munch on cereal for nourishment or instead of popcorn while binge-watching your favorite show, it might as well offer you something other than empty calories.
Understandably, reading the words “fiber-rich” may not spark joy or lead to mouth-watering images, but high-fiber cereals have become tastier than they used to be. To be frank, we know that there was a time when they tasted similar to tree bark or plastic straws, but thankfully that has changed, at least in most cases.
Furthermore, as we mature, we know that it is essential to our health to have more servings of green leafy vegetables than it is to have sugary cookies. So having cereal with healthy ingredients should also be on your list of things to do.
And we aren’t going to lecture you on the benefits of a high fiber diet, but it does help regulate your bowels, lower cholesterol, and feed the good bacteria in your stomach, keeping your gut health in check. Here are some of our favorite high-fiber cereal; here’s hoping that they become yours, too.
1. Nature’s Path Organic Flax Organic Plus Raisin Bran
The standard go-to when many of us hear that we need to up or fiber we think to just grab a box of raisin bran. And why not? Since many of those types of cereals tend to be high in fiber like Nature’s Path Flax Plus Raisin Bran. Each serving gives you 20g of whole grains, 6g of protein and 9g of fiber. Have it with 1/2 cup of skim milk, and you will get 511mg of potassium, 3g of iron and 181mg of calcium.
2. Market Pantry Raisin Bran
Sometimes we use price as a measuring stick as to whether something will be tasty. But Market Pantry’s Raisin Bran cereal may surprise because though it is reasonablly priced, many of its reviewers on Target’s website remark that it tastes good and has tons of raisins. It also includes vitamins A, B6, B2, D, B12, folic acid and 7g of fiber. If you don’t fancy cow’s milk, serve it with oat milk and add extra dried fruit like cherries or craisins.
3. Post Raisin Bran
If you love Sun-Maid raisins, you will also love Post Raisin Bran as it is packed with them. The brand says it contains hundreds of raisins but who’s counting? But we admit every spoonful is chock-full. Plus, you get 26g of whole grain, 9g of fiber, vitamins A, D, B6, and B-12, calcium, iron and magnesium. It has one downfall and it is that it is pretty high in sugar.
4. Barbara’s Shredded Wheat
Barbara’s Shredded Wheat cereal couldn’t be any more straightforward. Its only ingredient is whole grain wheat, and we can’t be mad at that. It contains large puffy biscuits, and if you were to consume two, you will be treated to 7g of dietary fiber, 0g of sugar, 6g of protein, 20mg of calcium and 170mg of potassium. The shredded wheat is unsweetened and though that may seem like a turnoff, it gives you the opportunity to control how much and what type of sugar you sweeten it with. So, try a little maple syrup or honey and top it with sliced bananas.
5. Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits, Island Vanilla
This cereal is excellent served with milk or straight out of the box. Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits are crunchy, lightly sweetened and flavored with vanilla. The vanilla taste comes from extract and real beans so it tastes authentic, not artificial at all. Twenty-nine of its fluffy pieces will give you 6g of fiber, 7g of protein, 180mg potassium as well as calcium and magnesium. It pairs well with cashew or hazelnut milk.
6. Post Shredded Wheat
Post Shredded Wheat is light and crisp yet filling. It offers 100% whole grain and has 8g of fiber and 7g of protein. It also contains calcium, potassium and iron. Top it with sliced strawberries and blueberries and it will take you from breakfast to lunch without cravings.
7. Bear Naked Granola Fruit & Nut
The mix of almonds, raisins, coconut, dried cranberries, pecans and walnuts gives Bear Naked Granola Fruit & Nut a delicious yet chewy texture. Mix it in plain or vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt to have for breakfast or before working out. It is also really good straight out of the bag.
8. Quaker Simply Granola, Oats, Honey, Raisins and Almonds
Quaker Simply Granola, Oats, Honey, Raisins and Almonds is not just crunchy, but it is also chewy. It has 7g of fiber and you add more fiber to your breakfast by serving this on top of your money oatmeal. Kick it up a notch by adding dried pineapples before serving it with the milk of your choice.
9. Alpen Muesli
If you like having nutty-flavored cereal, then you need to try Alpen Muesli. The whole oat flakes are not only surrounded by plump raisins but also crunchy roasted hazelnuts and sliced almonds. Each serving will give you 7g dietary fiber, 30mg calcium and 260mg potassium. Try this with oat milk for an extra special treat.
10. Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran
This may be one of the crunchiest cereals that you can possibly have and it is very filling as well. If you are craving a cookie, Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran is a good substitute. Its vanilla and nutmeg flavors pair well with regular milk, and it’s also good mixed with dried fruit as a snack. It is a bit high in sugar but also has 7g of fiber, 20mg calcium, iron and potassium.
11. Kellogg’s All-Bran Buds
Kellogg’s All-Bran Buds cereal is genuinely a high-fiber cereal coming from its mix of wheat bran and psyllium — a soluble fiber used to promote movement in the intestines. It has vitamins C, B6, B12, A, D, potassium and calcium. Instead of having it with cold milk try it warmed instead with banana slices.