Breakfast cereal is one of the best ways to start your day as it's quick, simple, and requires zero cooking skills. It tastes good, and it's suitable for several diets — from diabetics to those on a weight loss journey. Not to mention that it's often rich in the things your body needs, such as fibre, vitamins, and iron. However, the online cereal aisle can be one of the most intimidating simply because of the excessive amount of choice you're faced with.
Luckily, we've put together this guide and paired it with the links you'll need to get your perfect cereal delivered to your door from Amazon, Tesco, Asda and Waitrose. We've included popular favourites and hopefully some new finds like protein porridge and low-sugar granola, too. Whether you're looking for a healthy breakfast cereal that's low in calories or a cheeky chocolatey treat for toddlers, babies or kids — we've thought of it all. Also, we want to deliver the best information to our users, so we have partnered with Nutritionist Tara Corbett for reviewing and fact-checking the article!
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In the nutrition chart, there's a variety of informative figures that you should know about, but it's important to remember that the ratio of these figures can change depending on portion size.
For example, if you compare a cereal with a 20g portion size containing 8g of sugar alongside a cereal that has a 45g portion size and 10g of sugar — it is the latter that has less sugar, despite the figures being higher! You'll also have to consider who's eating it, as it's likely you'll be giving your toddler a smaller bowl than yourself.
To help you understand this easily while browsing for products, we have highlighted the size of the portion labelled on each box. That way, you can see the nutritional value of the cereal and you'll find it easier to compare with others.
Steep sugar content can be detrimental to our health so it's important that we try to steer clear of products that have too much sugar, especially if you or the kids will be eating cereal every day. Plus, they can cause a crash later in the morning, meaning you might end up reaching for more sweet snacks!
We would recommend that you choose a cereal containing no more than 11g of sugar per serving. But, if you want to step out of those guidelines and have a breakfast-time treat on a Friday, that's okay too.
Secondly, the saturated fats in cereals can increase the amount of cholesterol in your blood, and some boxes that appear nutritious may not be so saintly. So, to avoid any future health problems, you should always try to avoid saturated fats as much as you can, and aim for your portion to contain no more than 3g of unsaturated fat.
Don't forget about the fibre levels in your cereal as they have a hugely beneficial impact on your health by supporting your digestive system and making you feel fuller for longer. This can be especially important if you're trying to eat a little less between meals!
Look for cereals with fibre-rich grains and other additions such as oats, barley, wheat, and nuts to help you out, and look for 1g of fibre per bowl at the very least for optimal health benefits.
Gluten-free cereals also provide a lot of fibre!
Calories give you energy, so don't be scared when you see that your 45g bowl of Cheerios isn't 99 calories. You need energy to power you through to lunchtime, and more often than not, cereal isn't a hugely calorific food.
However, balance is important, so we recommend that your daily portion of cereal weighs in at around 150-200 calories, although you can be a bit more generous if you're active. On the other hand, you may like to stick to around 120 calories if you're actively trying to lose weight.
As with most foods, choosing which flavour or type of cereal to go for will mainly come down to what you like best — whether that's nuts, berries, chocolate, or something fairly plain.
Aside from the fact they're usually better nutritionally, plainer cereals can also serve as a base to add your favourite fruit, yoghurt or other toppings onto, so don't dismiss the classics because you're afraid they'll be boring!
Plus, while we all have good intentions of hitting the gym and eating whole-grain cereal for breakfast every day, sometimes it's good to treat yourself. So to give you a little bit of balance, we've made sure to add a few of the sweeter kinds of cereal to the list as well as some healthier options.
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Weetabix Cereal｜24 biscuits
Power Up for the Day With Whole Wheat
Coco Pops｜480 g
Crispy, Chocolatey and Delicious
High Protein Porridge｜70 g Per Pot
High in Protein and Fibre for Active Types
Multigrain Cheerios｜390 g
A Fibre-Filled, Well-Loved Classic
Low Sugar Granola ｜500 g
A Nutty, High Fibre and Low Sugar Granola
Special K Red Berries｜500 g
A Fruity Take on Saintly Special K
Cookie Crisp Cereal｜500 g
Cookies and Milk — and Lots of Them!
Crunchy Nut Chocolate Clusters｜450 g
A Box of Crunchy, Nutty, Chocolatey Goodness
A Kid-Friendly, Simple Choice That's Gentle on Tummies
Essential Fruit & Fibre Wheat Flakes｜750g
Toasted Wheat to Facilitate Transit of Food Through the Stomach and Intestine
If like most of us, you're looking for a healthy start to the day — this one's for you! These biscuits are packed with whole grain goodness and are sure to give you the boost of fibre that your body needs in the morning.
As well as being well-priced, nutritious, and low in sugar — they're also super versatile. Pour over some hot milk on a cold day, or add yoghurt, nuts, and some fresh fruit and you'll have a speedy breakfast that's good for you and your taste buds!
This childhood favourite is popular for its great value, its strong cocoa flavours and kids love the chocolatey milk that's left behind after eating the cereal. It's had a recent sugar reduction in its recipe too, but luckily it hasn't affected the taste!
Not only does a bowlful of it taste great, but you may also be surprised to know it's rich in vitamins such as vitamin B and D, and fairly high in fibre compared to other chocolatey varieties. This is one of the most frequently bought cereals on the Tesco and Asda sites and we're sure that you'll love it as much as we do.
Made with rolled oats and rich in milk protein and healthy calories, this tasty porridge is designed to give you a boost of energy throughout the day. It also comes in a handy snack-sized pot that you can take with you while you're on the go — either to enjoy at work or maybe even on your way to the gym.
There are a couple of flavours in the range, including plain, but this golden syrup-flavoured pot is definitely our go-to. Whether you're a fitness fanatic or just lead a busy life, we're sure that it'll soon be one of your weekly shopping list essentials!
They're great for young, growing children as the crunchy O's are rich in whole grains — five of them, to be exact; oats, wheat, rice, corn, and barley. Not to mention the additional 9 vitamins and minerals such as calcium. Whether you're 9 or 90, you're sure to look forward to a bowl of Cheerios in the morning.
This high fibre granola is made up of delicious toasted oats, mixed nuts and seeds that can be enjoyed either with milk or topped with some fresh fruit and yoghurt.
Although granolas are often ruled out for their high sugar content, health-conscious brand Lizi's recipe is specifically made to be low in sugar and high in all of the grains and 'good' fats that you need to get you through the day. It's great if you're quite active throughout the week, as well as for powering you through those workouts.
With this box of fruity Red Berries Special K, you can enjoy crunchy rice, whole wheat, and barley flakes with a hint of freeze-dried fruits for added zing and a bit of sweetness without the sugar crash.
Free from artificial colours and flavours, this low-calorie cereal contains 9 vitamins and minerals to give you a burst of nutrition in the morning and should keep you fuller than most! It's also delicious paired with yoghurt.
This "cookie-licious" cereal is widely popular across the nation for its tasty chocolate chip covered crispy wheat pieces. Surprisingly high in fibre, this cereal is loved by kids and it's a good balance between something healthy and something sweet.
This cereal strays away from added colours and flavours and it's rich in 6 different vitamins too. Perfect for those busy mornings before school.
This crunchy multi-grain cereal is packed with peanut and honey clusters and milk chocolate curls, making it a popular choice for both adults and children alike. If you're tired of the regular crunchy nut clusters, this will probably end up becoming your new all-time favourite.
It's just a shame that the nutrition label is so out of balance for this product, as there is a whopping 14 g of sugar and 7.7 g of fat per bowl, with only 1.6g of fibre. One to be enjoyed occasionally!
If you're after a breakfast cereal that'll be easy for both you and your child to digest, look no further, because this product from Kellogg's is made with simple grains of rice that provide the nutrition you need while being easy on your tummy.
Rice Krispies make a really interesting sound when milk is added, which is sure to capture the attention of your child to keep them looking forward to another breakfast cereal time, so it's a perfect choice for children who tend to refuse food. Be mindful, however, that it contains barley which some may be allergic to.
A great option for those on a budget, this crunchy wheat flakes cereal is another high source of fibre which is crucial for digestion of nutrients and slows the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream in order to keep blood sugar level steady. Not only that, if you want to lose weight, you'll be happy to know that wheat flakes keep you full for long!
It contains sweetened dried fruits and nuts which are not only delicious but also enhance the nutritional composition of the cereal, providing the much needed vitamins and iron. The only drawback is that this isn't a product for people allergic to nuts or wheat.
Written and researched by Annie Speight
No. 1: Weetabix｜Weetabix Cereal｜24 biscuits
No. 2: Kellogg's ｜Coco Pops｜480 g
No. 3: Fuel 10K｜High Protein Porridge｜70 g Per Pot
No. 4: Nestle｜Multigrain Cheerios｜390 g
No. 5: Lizi's｜Low Sugar Granola ｜500 g
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