Breakfast cereal

By lisaloo2429 Latest Reply 2015-07-29 17:10:19 -0500
Started 2011-10-04 15:38:01 -0500

Can anybody tell me what kind of breakfast cereal is okay to eat. Sometimes in the evenings that's all I have time for.

68 replies

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-02 12:47:33 -0500 Report

I take cereal to work a lot because it's easy and quick. Since D i've been more cautious of which kinds i eat. I found this Kashi U it's called. It has a high carb count, but it's complex carbs and i use almond milk also now and it didn't spike my bs. I don't eat it alot, but it was good and very filling. Also plain cheerios with fresh blueberries is good!

Young1s 2011-10-31 11:46:16 -0500 Report

I love cereal but only have it once, maybe twice a wk now. Suprisingly enough Honey Nut Cheereios is only 22g with 9g of sugar, 2g of fiber & 2g of protien. On the otherhand, Kashi Go Lean (original) is 30g but has 6g of sugar, 10g of fiber & 13g of protein. I usually go for the Cheerios, some fresh fruit & a cup of tea of since I am limited to 45g per meal.

wes69 2011-10-31 11:31:03 -0500 Report

Anybody eating cereal try calorie countdown milk its very low carb compared to regular milk.

lisaloo2429 2011-10-31 11:35:57 -0500 Report

I drink unsweetened almond milk w/my cereal and on my oatmeal. It's very healthy and carbs are very low. And in my coffee I like coconut milk creamer.

wes69 2011-10-31 11:43:19 -0500 Report

You should try some cinnamon in your oatmeal, cinnamon helps lower blood sugar.

jayabee52 2011-10-31 11:49:49 -0500 Report

I had done that for a while back when I was on insulin. I found the oat meal spiked my BGs too much and the cinnamon helped too little. So on the advice of my meter, I discontinued eating oatmeal in favor of eggs.

DARRELL EDGELL 2011-10-31 17:11:47 -0500 Report

i enjoy cereal but my g-friend says no, she says the carbs will kill ya, not only that but the sugareven in non sweetened cereal which i like. is there a good cereal out there that dont have many carbs and sugars.

Type1Lou 2011-10-31 17:41:35 -0500 Report

Read the labels to see how many carbs are in a serving and pay attention to the serving size too. I find cereals too high carb for me and no longer eat them.

MEGriff1950 2011-10-30 10:04:59 -0500 Report

I drink Glucerna shakes for one meal a day and usually add a fresh fruit with it. Glucerna is designed for diabetics and helps to keep the BG on a more even level. My dr approves of this.

Taz_t_man 2011-10-14 23:41:02 -0500 Report

I have Kix Berry Berry - 28g of carb per serving (1 1/4cups) and 2 slices of toast with a cup of milk 1%

tabby9146 2011-10-14 19:54:45 -0500 Report

you should be able to eat the cereals that have a few grams of fiber, some protein, and low sugar, and there are a few out there.I can eat regular Cheerios, multigrain cheerios, Glucerna, about a cup and I am fine. I can have a little of the quaker oatmeal squares, the Great Grains I like, but I have to measure the amount, and take out some of the dried fruit. Not everyone can have all those grains. I used to love Kellogg's raisin bran, but those raisins, everyone knows, are full of sugar, that you can actually see on them, not just taste, so no more of that for me. It is hard to find cereals that have the things you want, and not the things you don't want.

wes69 2011-10-14 22:38:45 -0500 Report

Kelloggs has a high fiber cinnamon cereal thats pretty good. Since cinnamon is good for diabetics and also the fiber its a good choice. I eat a couple pieces of cinnamon toast and a banana or a fiber one chocolate peanut butter brownie and some coffee for my breakfast most of the time…sometimes i eat that cereal.

FLDawn 2011-10-30 09:11:04 -0500 Report

I agree about the carbs in cereals. I never tried the one for diabetics but if I do any it is Kashi. Wes69 sounds like you have Type 1 and pretty heavy so are you seeing someone for nutrition? Call the American Diabetes Association and they will send you out some great info including a DVD about diabetes. Ummm Fiber one bars are also NOT good for us…I am a light type 2 and I steer clear. There are some new bars by Quaker that are low in sugar if you must have one but personally I want REAL food when I use my sugar etc. No offense but your eating sounds way out of control for a diabetic and you need to get a handle on it ASAP. Please take care of yourself and reach out to this community because it is wonderful. Lots of recipes too BUT be careful because they are not all good for you if you look at what is in them once you get to know good VS bad. CARBS except some complex are as bad as sugar. If you like pasta try Dreamfields…good for us as diabetics…I love it and it tastes like PASTA. I was just diagnosed a couple of years ago and was terrified. It can be easily controlled but can kill you too so please…get info ASAP. PS my friend buried her husband from diabetes complications just before I was diagnosed so I know too well what it can do as I watched him lose his feet, legs, vision then die. I know I am blunt but sometimes you have to be about things.

wes69 2011-10-31 11:18:55 -0500 Report

I appreciate your concern but my blood sugar stays between 90-130 and my diabetes dr. says thats where it should be so I dont see why you think my eating is out of control. And I'm curious why you say fiber one brownies are not good for us…they are only 17 grams of carbs for a whole one and I'm supposed to eat 60 grams of carbs for breakfast anyway and they have extra fiber which my dietician told me I'm supposed to have, and they also taste really good.

FLDawn 2011-10-31 14:36:33 -0500 Report

enjoy your food and good for you that your BS is low like that with all of those meds. I am on one pill a day and have not needed it increased. You listed things you were eating and I just know if I did the same my BS would have issues, I would be in the bathroom because my body would want the sugar gone… We are all different so do what you want to do and good luck.

GabbyPA 2011-10-10 18:45:00 -0500 Report

The main trouble with a cereal meal is that it is all carb and very little of anything else. You want a balanced meal with some fat, protein and fiber with your carb. That will help slow down the spike and help you to feel more full. You might try something like almond milk instead of cow milk. You might want to add a hand full of nuts to your cereal instead of a fruit. Or have a spoon of nut butter. These things are also quick, but offer you more balance to your meal.

lanykins 2011-10-11 20:10:16 -0500 Report

I never thought about the handful of nuts to my ceral. I could cut down on how much cereal I am eating if I add a handful of nuts. Thanks. I also like the idea of using hard boiled eggs with a piece of fruit. I would enjoy that. Thank you!

grammy215 2011-10-10 20:47:24 -0500 Report

Is 25 carbs too much? My cereal has listed 25 carbs per 3/4 cup.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-10-10 21:05:58 -0500 Report

It depends on how your body handles it. For me 1 cup of cornflakes with almond milk, 1 oz of sunflower seeds, a scoop of whey powder and some splenda does not spike my BG. But I get a big spike if I sub the same carb amount of any rice or oat based cereal for the cornflakes.

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-10-10 18:49:00 -0500 Report

My wife makes me oatmeal in hte mornings as a real treat to me. Is this also, a "throw away cereal"?? Hope noy! Upset, Grandpa Bill

jayabee52 2011-10-12 08:30:26 -0500 Report

Only your meter can tell you whether or not you need to either discontinue eating it or modify your portions, Bill. It is all in how your body metabolizes the oatmeal in whatever form it is served: steel cut, old fashioned, quick, or instant.

loisanne53 2011-10-10 13:13:03 -0500 Report

Glucerna is very good but a little pricey! We use Special K …usually one of the new varieties with nuts added. It works for me and my husband on the days we have cereal. if you can't eat much of it try using a smaller amount as a topping for yogurt for breakfast or dessert! We eat cereal when we a in a rush and other mornings have omelets or some egg dish.

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-10-09 16:26:37 -0500 Report

I love my shredded wheat or honeynut cheerios~
Good Stuff!! Grandpa Bill

lanykins 2011-10-11 20:21:04 -0500 Report

Yes, I like honeynut cheerios for breakfast. So far, I have found it to be the best cereal that I enjoy and that keeps my blood sugar from spiking. Other cereals that are supposed to be so good for you send my BG soaring!

akamonie 2011-10-08 17:18:35 -0500 Report

Hi Lisaloo2429 I have looked at so many cereal labels, found Cherrios to be the best for most every thing we need to watch out for. Since Cherrios come in different flavors its easy to find one you like but for me its just the pain old cheerios. Plus they taste good so I don't need that much fake sugar.

nzingha 2011-10-07 23:18:15 -0500 Report

I have found its about portions.. I had been saying that oates dont work for me but thats because I was having too big a portion.. now that I cook a half a cup and add a few almonds and a sprinkle of raisins.. it works perfectly.. I dont get hungry and at lunch time my readings are like 90-94! and I even can cut back a unit or 2 …so try oates… and try shredded wheat.. just 1 piece..!

princessbeiter 2011-10-07 15:47:10 -0500 Report

WATCH YOUR SERVING SIZES! Many cereals have a very small serving size, not enough to actually fill you up. Add a boiled egg and/or fruits to your meal.

Type1Lou 2011-10-06 08:52:59 -0500 Report

I avoid cereals since, I too, find them too high carb for me. My breakfast consists of 2 slices of WASA light-rye crisp bread with sugar-free jam and plain greek yogurt. With the milk in my coffee, it consists of 30g of carb. Lunch might be two slices of WASA crisp and light crackerbread ((9g carb) with all natural peanut butter (6g carb) and sugar-free jam (5g carb). One of my favorite lunches is a sliced apple (25g carb) spread with 2 to 4 tbsp of natural peanut butter(12g carb for 4 tbsp). These are all quick and easy.

lisaloo2429 2011-10-06 09:16:15 -0500 Report

I do love peanut butter and almond butter - I buy the organic no salt added raw kind which is a little pricey but oh well. I also have to watch my portions becuz I can just eat it and eat it and not realize how much I've eaten.

Type1Lou 2011-10-06 09:43:14 -0500 Report

Peanut Butter(Smucker's All Natural or Teddy's Natural-just peanuts and salt!) is one of my staples. I'd rather give up meat than peanut butter. Sometimes, I just eat it out of the jar by spoonful! An occasional indulgence will be a square of really good quality dark chocolate (Lindt 90%) topped by a spoonful of all natural PB…heavenly!…and only about 6g of carb!

princessbeiter 2011-10-07 15:38:07 -0500 Report

You don't have to do the chocolate "occasionally." Good quality dark chocolate is GOOD for you. Just don't eat but about 1 ounce a day. lol

(ONE ounce of good chocolate? Yeah, right! hehe)

lisaloo2429 2011-10-06 09:04:31 -0500 Report

Every cereal box in my house, though healthy are very high in carbs. Gosh so sad.

berrykins0 2011-10-06 09:52:55 -0500 Report

glucerna cereal is the best for diabetics i eat it plus i eat oatmeal too.

princessbeiter 2011-10-07 15:39:13 -0500 Report

I've never tried the Glucerna cereal, but I do like the protein bars and the shakes. They come in handy for those mid-morning lows.

saber32 2011-10-07 15:29:20 -0500 Report

I like the cereal best are cheerios , raisin bran , kix , oatmeal and oatmeal squares what i like to eat for breakfast sabber32

Tina1860 2011-10-05 19:20:13 -0500 Report

Stay away from regular oatmeal. Try steel cut oats instead. They take a while to cook but are great with chopped apples and/or raisins. I add a little brown sugar as well. This works great for me. I usually cook up a batch the night before and then make up bowls for my mornings then heat them up in the microwave. Also try the Kashi Cereals. Like robertoj says check your labels. The less ingredients the better for you and look for the ingredients to say whole grains. I like the Go lean Crunch ones. They have tons of fiber which really helps with your blood sugars. I use 1% milk.

lisaloo2429 2011-11-01 09:56:06 -0500 Report

I cook my steel cut oatmeal during the weekend in a crock pot as well. I usually get 8 to 10 1 cup servings. I put them in small containers and freeze them. I keep a few in freezer at work at the rest at home. Luv it!!! AND Kashi Go Lean Crunch is my fav! I only eat that kind and I actually found it at Sam's Club ytd - two boxes for $8 which is way cheaper than a the market where one box is almost 5 bucks.

Tina1860 2011-11-01 10:47:03 -0500 Report

Hope that works well on your blood sugar levels. I just had my A1c levels checked last week. They went from 11.1 four months ago to 5.6. For me it was changing my foods to more high fiber foods, portion control (measure and weigh), diet and exercise. It may not work for everybody but it sure worked for me. Good luck. What are your blood sugar numbers using these cereals. I'm eating steel cut oatmeal now.

lisaloo2429 2011-11-01 11:18:30 -0500 Report

The last time I ate oatmeal my BG was 126. So it doesn't spike it at all. I don't have my numbers for the cereal yet as I just now started tracking them. I found an app called OnTrack (for androids) that I put all my info in and another app call MyFitnessPal to keep up w/my food and weight. I find them really helpful. I was writing stuff down but kept forgetting to so since I always have my phone w/me it's just easier.

mrjs4ata 2011-10-10 17:51:22 -0500 Report

I use the steel cut oats all of the time anymore. I use the Sunmaid fruit tidbits in the oats when I cook them. I usually do a batch at a time and freeze in 4 oz containers. Then I just have to "pop" them out and into the microwave they go. I get sweet cravings frequently and this helps satisfy the craving without a whole lot of "bad" for me. I use the splenda brown sugar to help out and always use skim milk. I can have this anytime of the day since I make bigger batches. I always have a few extra bowls in our freezer at work as well.

princessbeiter 2011-10-07 15:45:25 -0500 Report

I usually eat the Quick Cook Oats, but I do avoid the instant variety. There is way too much sugar in them. In fact, I never have like them, even before Diabetes.

When I do make oatmeal, I like to add cinnamon and raisins when I'm cooking it and then add a spoonful of apple sauce after it's done. It gets all those good fruits and cinnamon at the same time.

Gemm 2011-10-06 09:42:52 -0500 Report

I love the Kashi cereals but for me they make my sugar spike really high so I have to steer clear of them. My husband likes them too and he doesn't seem to have that problem so as with many other things I guess each of us would just have to test some cereals and see what works best for us. We have found a mulitgrain cereal at Wal-Mart that works well for both of us and I love the nutty full bodied taste of it. It's called: Heritage - heirloom whole grains - high fiber and is organic. For 1 3/4 c serving it has 24g total carbs with 5g in fiber. The only sweetener of any kind listed is cane juice and that's near the bottom of the list. It seems to only come in bags but it is great IMO.

I also love my oatmeal in the mornings, especially when it's chilly out. I don't use the instant packs at all, (taste like kindergarten paste IMO) but use the old fashioned oats that have to be cooked longer (not even the quick oats that also have to be cooked some). I sweeten with some Splenda and add some seasonings that I like - cinnamon, a dash each of nutmeg, ground cloves, all-spice and ground ginger, no-salt in place of regular salt, a few drops of vanilla & some dried or fresh fruit or berries when I have them - just put it in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stir and repeat and it's ready to eat. Just be sure to put it in a bowl about 3 - 4 xs larger than what you would eat it out of as it will boil over into the microwave if you don't LOL also if you want milk in it add it after cooking as that will make it really boil over (I've lost 1/2 of my oatmeal to the microwave (and gained a huge mess) trying to put milk in and didn't put it in a larger than normal bowl). lmao

Good luck finding something that will work for you :)

nana2005 2011-10-05 08:08:08 -0500 Report

well I can say is that I am on a 1500 to a 1800 cal , so I eat a small bowl oceral and that Rice check. and 2 % milk and 1/2 bananna. , coffee if u like that and juice , that is what my nutisenor told me to do and I do that. and not only that u do have to look out for the carbs to. and u will have to know what and how much carb that u can have per meal . that is what I was told. I do wish all the best.

robertoj 2011-10-05 06:02:19 -0500 Report

I eat cereal but only a small portion with unsweetened 40 cal almond milk. Make sure to check the nutrition label and make sure they are made from whole grains and take fiber into consideration. Always, always, always check the serving size. Test your bg before and two hours after you start eating. Consuming too few carbs is unhealthy. Carbs are an important nutrient.

Abby888 2011-10-05 05:43:18 -0500 Report

My diabetes educator suggested staying away from all cereals. Even the "healthy" ones are loaded with carbs. For breakfast I opt for eggs and cheese :)

sheriden 2011-10-04 23:16:36 -0500 Report

Jaybee is pro, right. But I eat cereal and do fine, I find what is low carb and eat only the amount I can have w/o going over my card amount. My dr said that because of my IBS I have to have the bran and granes. Eggs are great for a quick bite like Jaybee said to boil befor and peal so they are ready when you need thsm. I keep cand fruit on hand but watch you need light. Also my Dock says popcorn is great just not heavy salt butter ect. You will find your way as you go along and as you test you will see what works for you. We are all dif, and one thing may cause BG to go up or down for some and not for others. Blessings hope you are well.

Gemm 2011-10-06 09:51:26 -0500 Report

I need high fiber in my diet too for the same reason - IBS with chronic constipation is my problem and when I don't get enough fiber I really know it within just a couple of days and is harder to get back to where I need to be than to get the consequences in the 1st place :( There are a few canned fruits that have no added sugar now - hard to find sometimes but well worth the effort to find them. Most are sweetened with Splenda but we have found a couple that weren't but just used pear juice to sweeten (wish I could remember the brand for those). I still have reactions to using sugar in any amounts with really high spikes and rapid bottoming out so I just find it a lot easier to not use anything that has sugar - that can be really hard with added sugar in so many foods that we may not even consider would have it.

Read - Read - Read on the labels and learn to understand what all those chemical additives are and can do to us. It really is a maze out there for us but worth the time to wade through it and even go back to doing the cooking for many items myself rather than use packaged versions.

I agree with jayabee - semi-pro - he does have some really great input and knowledge and I enjoy reading his posts very much :)


jayabee52 2011-10-07 23:33:52 -0500 Report

Thanks Gemm for those kind words.

I find the canned fruits with just pear juice in most grocery stores, and they are either Dole or Delmonte brand. Here in LV they have the "big box" Walmart supercenters and I find the "great value" (Wal-mart brand) with peaches, pears, mixed fruit and chunky mixed fruit all packed in pear juice.

sheriden 2011-10-06 11:10:06 -0500 Report


jayabee52 2011-10-04 19:41:28 -0500 Report

Howdy lisa!

I myself would stay away from breakfast cereals altogether and I do. I haven't found any that are lower carb choices.

If you want something quick, you might want to hard boil some eggs on a night where you do have more time. You might even want to peel them ahead of time and store them in a ziplock bag. Or you could get some of those "eggies" they offer on TV and hard boil them in those. I have just ordered enough to hardboil 1 doz eggs.

Generally speaking 2 of those hard boiled eggs is my breakfast together with selection of fruit. For my evening meal I use a George Foreman style grill and cook a hamburger, or a boneless-skinless chicken breast. That doesn't take long either.

Blessings to you and yours


besther414 2011-10-07 13:50:15 -0500 Report

I see that a lot of ya'll eat eggs, I do too, but I'm worried about cholesterol levels now! How many eggs should we eat per week?

pixsidust 2011-10-04 18:42:16 -0500 Report

You really need to plan your food. Make yourself an important priority.
The cereal I eat is Cinnamon Fiber One. One half cup which is less than most eat in a cereal bowl. Thats not going to fill you up and the temptation to eat more is setting yourself up for failure. I suggest cook your meat for a week and have steamables microwave veggies with it. Its ready made & takes a few minutes while you do other things. Just read the packages for carbs!

byrun 2011-10-04 16:36:21 -0500 Report

I think you need to read the labels for the total amount of carbs per serving size and base your decision on that information. I also think you should combine some protein other than the milk with your evening cereal. Or, have a protein snack a couple hours before bedtime. Most breakfast cereals are relatively small serving sizes and contain a large amount of carbs.

Bogy 2011-10-04 17:25:55 -0500 Report

Helpfull information.Thanks,Pete

IMUA 2011-10-06 06:40:48 -0500 Report

Honeynut cheerios,oatmeal-yeah theres carbs,but everything has carbs just about.Test your sugar after eachone,see which one works best for you.Exercise those carbs away!