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21 Best Low-Sugar Cereals for Kids

Will kids really eat low-sugar cereals? They will when they are this yummy.

Is cereal the only thing your kids are interested in for breakfast? If so, no worries. There are some great low-sugar cereals on the market that are tasty as well as delicious. "Choose a cereal that has no more than 8 grams of total sugar, which is the equivalent of two teaspoons," advises Karen Ansel, a dietitian and author of "Healthy In a Hurry."

"I'd also recommend choosing a cereal that lists 100 percent whole grains as the first ingredient and has at least 3 grams of fiber per serving to keep kids full and improve their digestive health." You don't have to take away your child's cereal in an effort to serve healthier foods with all of these low-sugar cereals available.

Best Cold Low-Sugar Cereals
 

  1. Barbara's Original Puffins, 5 grams of sugar
    This cereal is free of both dairy and wheat and has a good dose of fiber. Kids will love the slightly sweet flavor and adorable puffin on the box.
     
  2. Barbara's Cinnamon Puffins, 6 grams
    Like the original, this corn-based cereal is a hit with kids. It has 6 grams of fiber to help little ones stay full longer.
     
  3. Barbara's Snackimals Vanilla Blast, 7 grams
    Barbara's is a good bet if you're looking for low-sugar cereal options. This version is shaped like cute little zoo animals and tastes like a cookie -- but with a lot less sugar.
     
  4. Peace Cereal Wild Berry, 7 grams
    Kids will love the dried blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. It's also a great topper for yogurt.
     
  5. Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted, 5 grams
    This is a crunchier, lower sugar alternative to Honey Nut Cheerios. Your little one will love the adorable heart shapes.
     
  6. Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted, 6 grams
    Are your kids unhappy unless they've seen their cereal on a commercial? Here's a good widely known option.
     
  7. Kix, 2 grams
    These puffed corn balls are only 66 calories per three-quarter cup serving and are great to snack on dry.
     
  8. Cheerios, 1 gram
    Cheerios have been a staple for toddlers for years. They are low in sugar and easy for small hands to pick up.
     
  9. Original Life, 6 grams
    The cinnamon squares were good enough for Mikey -- and probably you as a kid. They are crunchy and sweet, so what's not to like?
     
  10. Nature's Path Oaty Bites, 6 grams
    These squares only have eight ingredients and most are organic.
     
  11. Cascadian Farms Purely O's, 1 gram
    These are very similar to Cheerios, but with an organic ingredient list.
     
  12. Bob's Mill Crunchy Coconut Granola, 8 grams
    Kids are sure to love the sweetness of this granola. It's great with milk, yogurt or just dry, and also provides healthy fat from the coconut.
     
  13. Rice Krispies, 3 grams
    Listening to your cereal is just plain fun!
     

What About Hot Cereals?
When temperatures drop, your child may prefer hot cereals. There are plenty of healthy options that can be whipped up quickly in the morning. "Look for whole grains and no added sugars," says Rachel Begun, a registered dietitian and certified natural chef. "Oats and millet, in particular, cook up nice and creamy and are a blank canvas for flavoring with nuts, seeds, dried fruits and whole food sweeteners like honey and maple syrup."

 

  1. Quaker Oatmeal (not instant), 0 grams
    This can be cooked in the microwave or on a stovetop. Prepare it in milk for a creamy consistency and extra protein.
     
  2. Cream of Wheat Original, 0 grams
    It's easily customizable and cooks in less than three minutes.
     
  3. Bob's Red Mill Spice N' Nice Hot Cereal, 3 grams
    This hot cereal is filled with whole grains, seeds, cinnamon and raisins. Kids will love the crunchy sweetness.
     

Homemade Low-Sugar Cereals
Whip up your own batch of cereal to serve your family with these recipes.
 

  1. Toasted Coconut Cereal
    Yum Eating offers this take on toasted almond coconut cereal.
     
  2. Summery Granola
    If your family is more into granola or eating cereal dry, try this easy homemade granola recipe from Oh She Glows.
     
  3. Apple Jacks
    Make your own version of classic Apple Jacks with help from Gluten Free on a Shoestring.
     
  4. Cinnamon Puffed Rice
    Combine brown rice, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, rolled oats and more in this cereal from Nutrition Stripped.
     
  5. Cinnamon Toast Crunch
    Half Baked Harvest has a homemade, low-sugar twist on cinnamon toast crunch cereal.


For a more unique breakfast, check out these Breakfast Ideas for Kids to Make Themselves.

Rachael Moshman, M.Ed. searched high and low for the best low-sugar cereals to serve in the preschools she worked with -- and at her own home.