The Hot and Fit on: Breakfast Cereals (U.S. Version)
Happy Sunday Hot and Fits!
Today we bring over the top choices of breakfast cereals, continental U.S. version, according to 42 different individuals
Note: All cereals tested in this story were free of high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils.
The Best O’s
The pure oaty flavor and the hearty crunch of these whole-grain rings, which contain just one gram of sugar per serving, easily won over testers. “No wonder my toddler can’t get enough of them,” one enthused.
The Best Shredded Oats
Mikey liked it back in the 1970s, and Real Simple testers feel the same way today. The thin oat squares strike a tasty balance of salty and sweet.
The Best Raisin Bran
Cascadian Farm Organic Raisin Bran
The plump, juicy raisins aren’t overwhelmed by the number of flakes,” said a fan. “Plus, the fruit is free of that awful coating of sugar so many companies use.”
The Best Crispy Rice
Erewhon Organic Original Crispy Brown Rice
Made with brown rice (a nice twist on the traditional white), these delicate puffs have “a pleasing nutty flavor,” a staffer raved. “Topped with strawberries, they would make a great light breakfast.”
The Best Corn Flakes
Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Flakes
These large, sturdy flakes hold their shape, have a strong corn flavor even when drowned in milk, and don’t develop a slimy film like some other versions,” said one appreciative tester.
The Best Frosted Wheat
Three Sisters Sweet Wheat
These bites have a dusting of icing on one side that adds a touch of sweetness to the milk. Bonus: The re-sealable plastic bag cuts down on wasteful packaging.
The Best High-Fiber
Kashi Go Lean
A medley of bran twigs, honey whole-grain puffs, and mini soy graham crackers, this won praise for being hearty and delicious. One of the healthiest of all the winners, it packs 13 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber into a single serving.
The Best Shredded Wheat
Kashi Autumn Wheat
Passionate shredded-wheat devotees raved about how the squares “absorb the milk just enough, without soaking it up like a sponge.” Said one of them, “It’s tightly woven and yet has a lovely, airy crunch.”
The Best Crispy Whole Grain
Molasses perks up the flavors of corn, wheat, and rice in these woven brown crisps. “Forget toast in the morning. This reminds me of my favorite wheat bread, but with a more robust, nutty flavor,” a panelist said.
The Best Whole Wheat Flakes
Organic Weetabix Crispy Flakes
This flake version of a popular English cereal has a pleasant, grainy texture and a slight sweetness, thanks to cane juice and a touch of sea salt.
The Best High-Fiber Twigs
Fiber One Original
Many twigs are thin and brittle, said a taster. “This sturdy example stands up well to milk and fruit.” For an afternoon snack, try the cereal solo or sprinkled on yogurt. Half a cup contains a whopping 14 grams of fiber.
The Best Flax
Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Multibran
It’s easy to get more heart-healthy omega-3s in your diet with these golden flakes. “They have a cute, cuplike shape that holds the milk,” commented a fan.
The Hot and Fit says:
FIBER ONE Originals!! Our top pick by far ! These are amazing, so high in fiber and you could pretty much top them with any flavour to your taste. Peanut butter, chocolate, cinnamon….any type of yogurt…milk…
Least favourite? Weetabix! Perhaps this is because our European upbringing forced us to eat way too much of the original English treasure…
What do you like the most? Personally, we tend to pick health first, flavour second (although most times we are lucky enough to have both!) Which ones are you favourite?