With so many choices on the shelf, it can be hard to tell which breakfast cereals are actually a healthy choice. Each one makes for a quick breakfast on the go, but the more nutritious picks have a generous amount of heart-healthy fiber, satisfying protein, essential vitamins and minerals, and limited added sugars.

Served up piping hot or cold with milk, there are many great ones to choose from that'll start the day off right.

Oat Rings

Available everywhere from many brands, simple whole-grain oat rings such as original Cheerios are a wholesome choice that's affordable and easy to find. A generous 1.5-cup serving of original Cheerios has 4 grams of heart-healthy fiber and 5 grams of protein before adding milk. It also has 12.6 mg of iron, 70% of the recommended daily amount.

The many fun flavors, such as honey nut, have the same nutritional value, with a little added sugar.

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Kashi GO

Made with several crunchy shapes and seven types of honey-toasted whole grains including hard red wheat, barley, brown rice, triticale, oats, and rye, Kashi GO is a hearty breakfast designed for good gut health. It's packed with 13 grams of fiber which is 46% of the recommended daily amount, and 11 grams of satisfying protein.

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Nature's Path Smart Bran

There are many healthy, bran-based breakfast cereals on the market, and Nature's Path Smart Bran is one of the leaders. The recipe is simple, with only eight wholesome ingredients. Thanks to wheat bran, oat fiber, psyllium seed husk, oat bran, and whole oat flour, a serving of just 3/4 cup has a whopping 17 grams of fiber, 62% of the recommended daily amount.

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Similar to granola, muesli is made with a wholesome, nutrient-dense mix that may include a variety of oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and more. The difference between muesli and granola is in how they're made. Granola is sweetened and roasted, while muesli is not roasted and left unsweetened except for dried fruit.

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Classic oatmeal has been popular for so long for good reason! It's a warm comfort on a cold morning and makes the perfect neutral background for tasty toppings like nuts, dried fruit, and spices.

Choose quick-cooking oats if you're in a hurry or let all the flavors sit and simmer with old-fashioned or steel-cut oats. There are also many varieties of packaged flavored instant oatmeal. For the healthiest choice, look for high protein, extra fiber, low-sugar, or unsweetened varieties.

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Bran Flakes

Brilliantly simple crispy bran flakes, either straight or sweetened with plump, chewy raisins, are an easy choice for a healthy breakfast cereal. Their neutral flavor and lightly crunchy texture pair well with milk and fresh sliced fruit like strawberries or bananas, or use them to add some crunch to a fruit and yogurt parfait.

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Shredded Wheat

Little pillows of shredded wheat make a breakfast that's both simple and tasty. They can be enjoyed dry for a crispy, crumbly snack, shredded into smaller fibers, or begin life in your bowl as one big bale with cold milk.

For a more indulgent splurge, they come in many flavors, such as the well-known white frosted squares or decadent chocolate squares with chocolate filling!

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Made with only four ingredients, including whole grain wheat and barley plus a mix of added vitamins and minerals, Grape-Nuts are a crunchy breakfast with serious nutritional power. A 1/2 cup serving has an impressive 90% of the recommended daily amount of iron and folate and is also a great source of fiber, protein, and other essential nutrients, all with no added sugar.

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Magic Spoon

Grain-free, keto, and low-carbohydrate dieters can still enjoy cereal with Magic Spoon high protein cereals. Available in a bunch of delicious flavors, Magic Spoon cereals taste like childhood favorites with no grain or sugar. A serving has 13 to 14 grams of complete protein with only 4 grams of net carbs.

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Ezekiel 4:9 cereal uses easier-to-digest sprouted whole grain, just like the bread they're named for. The Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal is made with organic sprouted wheat, barley, millet, lentils, soybeans, barley, and spelt. It's a good source of natural protein and fiber, as well as hard-to-find manganese, selenium, and zinc.

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