Nearly half of Americans eat cereal for breakfast, and there are a multitude of options to feed your eco-friendly body and mind. For those overwhelmed by the choices, Plenty sampled nearly four dozen different kinds—from flakes to flourless and all organic. Each of our top picks comes in recycled cardboard boxes, has 250 calories or fewer per serving, contains no more than 4 grams of fat, and packs in at least 5 grams of fiber. Here are our super bowls.               

Best flourless 
Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Flourless Almond 
Has a nutty vanilla flavor, and the crunchy nuggets make a good swap for higher-fat 
granola cereals. 

Best low sugar 
Arrowhead Mills Shredded Wheat Cereal

Made solely from organic whole wheat and natural vitamin E, it has a pleasing, familiar taste. 

Most flavorful
Peace Cereal Essential 10

It boasts 10 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein, and the cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, and rosemary give it a tasty kick.

Best out of the box 
Barbara’s Bakery Puffins Original

Made from all-natural corn, this crunchy cereal is puffy and sweet. What’s not to love? 

Tastiest yogurt topper 
Nature’s Path FlaxPlus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch

Pumpkin seeds, raisins, and cinnamon perk up plainer raisin bran varieties, and flaxseeds deliver heart-healthy omega-3s.

Most reminiscent of childhood 
Health Valley Organic Multigrain Apple Cinnamon Square-ems

Infused with soy protein, this classic flavor combo takes you back to when mom poured your cereal for you.

Cascadian Farm Hearty Morning

The mix of granola nuggets, sweetened whole-wheat flakes, and bran threads will satisfy your morning hunger.

Least soggy 
Kashi Autumn Wheat

These lightly sweetend, woven whole-wheat biscuits won’t drown in milk while you read the morning paper.

Story by Mia Owen. This article originally appeared in "Plenty" in February 2008.

Copyright Environ Press 2008

Organic cereals
We sampled a cartful of boxes to find the tastiest and most nutritious.