The 10 Best Organic Cereals You Need In Your Kitchen

Don't be tricked by cereals claiming to be natural; here's what to buy instead.

July 22, 2016
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When walking down the cereal aisle, you're bombarded by all sorts of packaging claims touting amazing mineral content, vitamin enhancements, and superfood ingredients. But the label most notorious for confusing customers is the claim of being "all natural." To bring attention to this marketing gimmick, the Cornucopia Institute, an organization dedicated to responsible farming and marketing, analyzed "natural" cereals and created an Organic Cereal Scorecard to help health-conscious consumers find what they really want—cereals free of harmful artificial dyes and flavors, refined sugars, pesticide residues, and genetically engineered ingredients—things that are routinely found in "all natural" cereals but not in certified-organic products. 

The following 10 organic cereals represent companies that Cornucopia Institute recognizes as trustworthy and committed to organics, so move them to the top of your grocery list.

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Lydia's Organics

The cereal aisle can be hard to navigate if you're eating a gluten-free diet. Luckily, Lydia's Organics offers a line of grainless cereals, including this best-selling raw apple cereal packed with nothing more than organic apples, sprouted sunflower seeds, sprouted almonds, raisins, walnuts, figs, and cinnamon. Lydia's suggests topping it off with some organic almond milk for a well-rounded breakfast option that even vegans can enjoy.

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Ambrosial Granola

Selected as one of Prevention magazine's healthiest cereals, Ambrosial Granola is a well-rounded breakfast option packs 10 percent of the iron you need in a day, six grams of protein, and a healthy dose of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Top it with organic milk or sprinkle on organic yogurt.

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Farm To Table

This isn't your average oatmeal. Farm to Table Ancient Grain Oatmeal blend incorporates grains like spelt and kamut—an ancient cereal grain related to durum wheat. Kamut packs up to 40 percent more protein than conventional wheat, helping you feel fuller longer. Cook with milk on the stove top for a creamier texture, and then top with a bit of cinnamon and just a splash of organic half-and-half for a quick, healthy start to your day.

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Grandy Oats

Adopt this Swiss Style Muesli as a healthy tradition for a fulfilling, nutrient-packed morning meal, full of oats; heart-healthy almonds and hazelnuts; vitamin C–rich apple pieces; and dates and raisins rich in trace minerals; plus sunflower seeds that reduce inflammation. Not only do you get all that nutrition, but muesli also has a low glycemic index, so you won't get a mid-morning sugar crash. Mix with organic Greek yogurt or top with organic, low-fat milk for a hearty breakfast that will keep your energy up all morning long. To be truly Swiss, eat it the traditional way, soaked in a little milk and yogurt overnight in the fridge.

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Laughing Giraffe

Known as America's superfruit, the cherries in the cherry ginger breakfast mix are credited with everything from alleviating arthritis pain to keeping your heart in tip-top shape. The organic coconut oil provides a dose of lauric acid, a nutrient our bodies need to boost the immune system. Enjoy as a cereal with your favorite organic milk or just eat it right out of the bag when you're running late for work in the morning. If cherries aren't your taste, but want to stick with something sweet, try Laughing Giraffe's Chocolate Snakaroons or any of these other delicious flavors: vanilla, goji maca, lemon, banana, and pineapple macadamia.

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Nature's Path

Forget nutritional duds like conventional corn flakes. These Organic Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon flakes are made from protein-rich kamut wheat and bolstered by antioxidant-rich blueberries freeze-dried at the peak of perfection. Blueberries have been shown to improve memory. Top it off with organic milk or, if you're a vegan, try finishing a bowl with organic coconut milk.

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Great River Organic Milling

The perfect healthy, hot cereal for cold winter mornings, this Highland Medley includes immune-system boosting, cholesterol-lowering steel-cut oats, hulled barley, and brown rice for a textured, hearty morning meal. Great for cold-weather meals, this blend is also popular among campers for its no-nonsense, easy prep. Just boil water and then customize with your favorite fruits and nuts.

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Go Raw

Packed with live, powerful phytochemicals that can ward off disease, the star of this breakfast blend—sprouted organic buckwheat—is known for its heart-healthy, energizing properties. The organic raisins and dates provide a subtle sweetness without sending you into sugar shock, the way many conventional cereals do. On hectic mornings, eat it right out of the bag. When you have time for a sit-down breakfast, Go Raw suggests enjoying the raw breakfast treat with organic almond milk.

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Kaia Foods

You can get your cocoa fix without ingesting all of the artificial food dyes, refined sugars, and other harmful ingredients common to conventional items in the cereal aisle. This Buckwheat Cocoa breakfast also features immune-boosting coconut flakes, along with nerve-calming, magnesium-rich pumpkin seeds. Scoop some into yogurt or simply eat it straight out of the bag for a healthy snack.

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Two Moms In The Raw Blueberry Granola

This gluten-free bestseller, Two Moms In The Raw Blueberry Granola is anything but bland in the taste and nutrition departments. The blend contains heart-healthy oats and buckwheat, but also millet—a grain common in bird food—but one that is loaded with trace minerals that helps build and repair human tissue. Apples, blueberries, almonds, plus pumpkin and sunflower seeds are the stars of the mix, providing a balanced mix of protein and complex carbs that won't spike your blood sugar and cause a mid-morning crash. Eat it right out of the bag or mix with organic yogurt for a quick, nutrient-packed breakfast.