Cereal is a quick and easy meal for breakfast. There's no cooking involved -- just grab a bowl and some milk and you are ready to go. But, if you are on a low-carbohydrate diet, it may not be that simple. Most cereals are not low in carbohydrates. In fact, the main ingredient in most cereals is some kind of grain and sugar, which increases the carb count. In response to the need for a low-carb cereal, many companies have released delicious cereals that still spare the carbs.
Kellog's Special K Protein Plus
Kellog's has made a Special K cereal with all the deliciousness of the original, but without all the carbs. Special K Protein Plus provides 10 g of protein and just 14 g of carbohydrates per serving. In each serving, there is only 2 g of sugar, but 5 g of fiber. Serve this cereal with fat-free milk for an even higher intake of protein. Each serving size is a generous 3/4 of a cup and provides just 100 calories and an assortment of essential vitamins and minerals.
Nutritious Living Hi-Lo
Hi-Lo is a variety of cereals made by the Nutritious Living company. It is available in a variety of flavors including original, with strawberries, vanilla almond and maple-pecan. Each Hi-Lo cereal contains just 13 g of carbohydrates in each half-cup serving. What's more, there is only 3 g of sugar in each serving. These cereals also contain a generous amount of soy, which brings the protein content up to 12 g per serving.
Atkins Morning Start Cereal
The Atkin's eating program is famous for limiting its carbs. It is no wonder then that the Atkin's program offers a low-carb cereal. Atkins Morning Start Cereal is a healthy, low-carb alternative to the traditional cereal. One serving contains just 4 g of net carbs and 14 g of protein. It is available in triple berry, banana nut, blueberry and crunchy almond crisp flavors.
Flaxsnax is a low-carb hot cereal. In a half-cup serving of the cinnamon spice flavor, you will take in just 130 calories and 13 g of carbohydrates. This cereal contains 12 g of protein in each serving. A hot cereal cuts down on the carbs even more because it is also delicious to make with hot water, cutting out milk, which contains carbs.