3 Healthiest Cold Breakfast Cereals

Someone posted on their facebook feed recently asking for recommendations for the healthiest cold breakfast cereals he could buy. He received many answers including the usual health wares; muesli, homemade granola, grapenuts. Many people showed their SAD chops and suggested fake health food such as Cheerios, Kashi GoLean (GMO), Special K Fiber, etc. I’m showing my snootiness. He also received some interesting ideas like using a protein shake intead of milk. Plenty of joke responses were given, such as Saturday Night Live’s Colon Blow, Fruit Loops and Lucky Charms. Several caring individuals told him flat out not to waste his time, that there are no healthy cold cereals. Ahem! I took this as a challenge as I AM aware of some healthy cold breakfast cereals. And I went in for the prize. Scroll down for my list of the 3 Healthiest Cold Breakfast Cereals.

But let’s get serious. Breakfast could be one of the most important meals of the day. Studies show that kids and teens who eat a bad breakfast perform worse and have worse mental health than teens who don’t eat breakfast at all. Teens who ate a good breakfast with a variety of cereal, dairy and fruit performed the best though and reported the best mental health.

3) Nature's Path Organic Qia™ Superfood Chia-Buckwheat & Hemp Cereal. A very healthy breakfast fix. The company says: “Qi'a (pronounced Kee-ah) is the NEW Superfood Cereal made with Chia, Hemp and Buckwheat. This power trio of seeds is full of plant-based Protein, Fiber and ALA Omegas. Boost your nutrition with only 2 tbsp. of cereal and feel the energy from these powerful, functional, and nutritious super seeds. Enjoy as a breakfast cereal, hot or cold; or add to yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, or salads for an added nutritional boost..USDA organic and non-GMO verified, this vegan omega 3 whole grain cereal provides sustained energy to supercharge your day.“

No Artificial Ingredients

  • Dairy Free

  • Gluten Free

  • Yeast Free

Comes in or vanilla/cranbery. Available in most organic grocery stores in the US.

Besides the nutritional content, they list the ingredients as Other ingredients (funny): Chia seeds*, buckwheat groats*, hemp seeds*, cranberries* (coated with sunflower oil*), almonds*, natural vanilla flavor. *Organic. Contains tree nuts. Produced in a facility that uses soy, peanuts and dairy.

This product is VERY HEALTHY - but still might not be what you’re looking for.

  • 2 T or 30g per serving

  • 13 g carbohydrates

  • 4 g fiber

  • 0 g sugar (original and 3 g in cranberry vanilla)

  • 6 g protein

  • 7 g fat

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2) Holy Crap: a Canadian company advertises this as the world’s most amazing breakfast cereal, and as far as packaged cold cereals go. I couldn’t agree more. The company says: “Delicious, gluten-free, high-fiber, organic, non-GMO, energizing breakfast cereals, made only with real unprocessed ingredients in Gibsons, BC. Holy Crap is the perfect breakfast food. This slow-burning protein-rich rocket 13fuel leaves you satisfied until lunch. Mix with water, juice, nut milk or yogurt.” Comes in 12 flavors, and you can try out each one in the variety pack. Plus, it’s easier on your US dollar if you purchase it direct from Canada.

gluten-free + organic + kosher + plant-based + non-gmo project verified

Organic Ingredients: organic chia, organic buckwheat, organic hulled hemp seeds, organic raisins, organic dried cranberries (organic sugar, organic sunflower oil), organic apple bits, organic cinnamon.

VERY HEALTHY - and a bit tastier

  • 2T or 28g per serving

  • 13 g Carbohydrate

  • 5 g fiber

  • 3 g sugar (because it has fruit)

  • 5 g protein

  • 6 g fat

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3) Could you make a healthier breakfast cereal yourself? Great for breakfast, but also ideal for bedtime snack as these seeds, raisins and grains help the body product the sleep hormone Melatonin. If you are the type who’s better on a protein breakfast, try these cold cereals in the evening to balance your neurotransmitters.

I challenge you. Here’s my version

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/3 cup hulled hemp hearts

1/3 cup buckwheat groats

1 T flax seeds

1 T wheat germ

Toast in a 300 F oven for 5 minutes. Let cool and add Extras of your choice

Extras:

1/4 cup of organic coconut flakes

1/4 cup organic raisins, cherries, cranberries, currants, blueberries

1/4 cup raw cacao nibs

1/4 cup almond slivers

1/4 cup pepitas/pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup broken walnuts

In any case, short of giving him my recipe, I offered both cereal cold cereal options, and won the competition!!! He ordered the Holy Crap variety pack. I prefer my own, which I change up as I have ingredients available. I also make my own granola. So despite all the garbage breakfast cereals out there, there are truly a few that will amaze you!

Want more? Tune into Health and Wellness Coach Allie Might’s Demo deo on how to create healthy Snacks, including her very own healthy granola recipe. or read her healthy snacking-on-the-go blog.