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Some of the Best Dry Cereals

Updated on August 20, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks is a health-conscious person who researches the health benefits of foods and drinks.

Bowl of cereal with strawberries and almonds
Bowl of cereal with strawberries and almonds | Source

Almost every household has cereal in its cupboard especially if there are kids around. However, cereal is not just for children. Cold cereal from a box could be a lifesaver on a busy morning where kids are getting ready for school and parents are rushing to go to work.

No matter what kind it is, cold cereal is the most popular breakfast food in America because it is the quickest and most convenient breakfast to prepare. It saves time just to pour cereal from a box into a bowl and add milk to it. It is much quicker than scrambling eggs, cooking bacon and making pancakes. It is even faster than serving hot cereal such as oatmeal or grits.

Cereal is popular as a breakfast food, but there are other times during the day when it is just as good.

Some people some spend a lot of time trying to determine the best cereal to buy. Others have narrowed it down to what they want, and their pantry is always stocked with favorites for the entire family.

The good thing about cereals is that the entire family does not have to select the same kind. Families usually keep boxes of several kinds on hand.

Not Just a Breakfast Food

Cereal should not be limited to just breakfast. It can be eaten for a refreshing bedtime snack and even for a ready-made dessert.

A walk down the cereal aisle in any grocery store will prove that there is no shortage of the types of cereals available. In fact, new cereals are coming on the market all the time.

So, what are some of the cereals that have stood the test of time and are considered the best ones to buy for your family?

Kellogg's Corn Flakes
Kellogg's Corn Flakes | Source

The Best Cereals for Your Family

There are many different kinds of cereals on the market, and you might not have gotten around to trying the majority of them. The ones you see listed below are just a random sample that was selected from a list of 20 brands of cereal in an article written by Kissairis Munoz who contends that they are healthy.

This writer has tried the ones listed below and agree with Munoz that they are just as they have been advertised. Members of this writer's family tend to like them and ask for more whenever they run out.

Most of the cereals in the list below have a very low sugar content which is ideal for diabetics. They are also low in calories with low-fat content. Besides, they taste good.

  1. Barbara’s Original Puffins: This cereal is crunchy, dairy-free and wheat-free. It is only lightly sweetened and high in fiber. Besides, it tastes delicious.
  2. Bob’s Red Mill Crunchy Coconut Granola: This is the perfect cereal to snack on without milk. It is a mixture of wholesome flavors such as molasses, coconut, sesame seeds, and vanilla. The coconut gives it healthy fats.
  3. Cascadian Farms Hearty Morning: This cereal is a combination of granola, bran, and whole grains. It has 8 grams of fiber that will keep you full from breakfast to lunch. Feel free to add fruit or nuts for extra flavor.
  4. General Mills Cheerios: Members of most families love this cereal. It is made of whole grain oats with 3 grams of fiber and only 1 gram of sugar per serving. Cheerios are very low in protein, but you could add a tablespoon of peanut butter or plain yogurt.
  5. General Mills Kix: This cereal is a favorite with kids. It is low in calories with a small amount of sugar. It is a whole-grain corn cereal with fiber.
  6. General Mills Total: This cereal is loaded with whole grains with vitamins. You can use it in place of breadcrumbs in some of your recipes.
  7. General Mills Wheaties: This cereal has 4 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber. It is known as the cereal of champions. That's why athletes are on some Wheaties boxes.
  8. Post Foods Grape-Nuts: One serving of this cereal provides 100 percent of the daily whole grain recommendation, 7 grams of fiber, and 8 grams of protein.

There are more good cereals on Munoz's list that are not on the limited list above. Munoz's complete list is found at The 20 Cereals That Are Actually Healthy.

The First Dry Cereal Happened By Accident

People on a limited budget have only a few different kinds of cereal available for their families. A box of corn flakes tends to almost always be among the ones on hand. It is interesting to know that the invention of Kellogg's Corn Flakes happened by accident.

John Harvey Kellogg and his brother Will Keith Kellogg were experimenting with boiled wheat in 1877. They accidentally left some of the wheat out overnight. The next morning, they found that the wheat was stale. When they discovered that each berry formed its own flake, they tried it with corn. That was the beginning of the first dry cereal that came to be known as Kellogg’s Corn Flakes

Nutrients in Dry Cereal

All cereals are not created equally. Some might include more sugar than others. Whole grain cereals are an excellent source of fiber, iron, and B vitamins.

Many people start their day with a bowl of dry cereal. Some eat it with milk, but there are some who like eating it without milk.

Fruit Loops
Fruit Loops | Source

Interesting Facts about Cereals

More than 2.7 billion boxes of cereal are sold in the United States every year. That means there are enough boxes to go around the earth at least thirteen times.

About 314 million people in this country eat cereal, and 49 percent of them eat it in the morning for breakfast. Some people eat it with milk, but others eat it right out of the box without milk.

Astronauts from Apollo 11 ate cereal while they were in space in 1969. The lack of gravity prevented them from pouring the cereal into a bowl with milk. Therefore, the cereal was mixed beforehand with fruit and pressed into cubes. That way Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin had no problem picking it up and eating it.

Feel free to list your favorite dry cereal in the comments section below.

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      Fun article! Funny how their us a "national day"for like everything under the sun!

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