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10 Best New Healthy Breakfast Cereals

Looking for a healthy way to start your day? Give these healthy -- and tasty-- new breakfast cereals a try.
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Stuck in a rut with the same old, same old breakfast cereal? There are plenty of new offerings out there in your grocery store -- including many that are higher in fiber and lower in added sugar than the old standards. To find the 10 best new cereals, WebMD took to the cereal aisle with a spoon and calculator in tow.

Each of the great-tasting cereals on this list contains less than 28% calories from sugar, and gives you at least 5 grams of fiber per serving. Some of these cereals may have more sugar than you think is desirable, but they offer a nice step down for those that are used to eating the sweeter cereal options. And even though a serving of some of the cereals below contains about 10 grams of sugar per serving, this is actually fewer grams of sugar than you get in 2 tablespoons of raisins (15 grams).

Three of the new cereals contain more than 150 milligrams of sodium per serving (210-350 milligrams) so if you are on a restricted sodium diet (less than 2,000 milligrams of sodium per day), you might want to try some of the cereals listed here with less than 100 milligrams per serving. For comparison, two slices of whole-wheat bread total 300 milligrams of sodium before any spreads or toppings are added.

And here are two easy tricks to make them even more nutritious: Add 1% or skim milk to cold cereals (or cook hot cereals with milk), and top them with fruit and/or nuts.

10 Best New Healthy Breakfast Cereals

1. Frosted Mini-Wheat Cinnamon Streusel

If you like Frosted Mini-Wheats but are bored with the standard flavor, take the Cinnamon Streusel flavor for a spin. These mini biscuits have the signature crunchy texture, but with a nice cinnamon flavor added.

 A 1.8 oz serving (24 biscuits) has 180 calories, 4 grams (g) protein, 44 g carbohydrate (12 g sugar), 1 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, and 0 mg sodium. Calories from sugar: 27%.

2. Fiber One Caramel Delight

This cereal will appeal to all the sweets lovers out there who are looking for a higher-fiber cereal with less sugar. Caramel Delight cereal squares have a crunchy texture that holds up in milk. Best of all, they don’t taste like a super high-fiber cereal, with their pleasantly sweet caramel flavor.

A 1.8 oz serving (1 cup) has 180 calories, 3 g protein, 41 g carbohydrate (10 g sugar), 3 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 9 g fiber, 260 mg sodium. Calories from sugar: 22%.

3.Raisin Bran Extra!

This version of Raisin Bran embellishes the traditional crispy flakes and plump raisins with yogurt clusters, sweet cranberries, and almond slices. I was personally hoping to find more sliced almonds and dried cranberries in the mix. But overall, this is a more interesting version of an all-time favorite.

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