You woke up late and you need something quick to satisfy you before you head off to work. A bowl of cereal fits the bill, and it’s what many of us grew up eating for breakfast: it’s crunchy, sweet, delicious, and doesn’t require any time to prepare. However, you may wonder whether this food is going to fit into a keto diet. Is cereal keto or is this another food that is off-limits to those following a very low-carb lifestyle?
In some scenarios, you might be able to find keto-friendly cereals at the store or online. Most traditional cereals, however, have too much sugar and too many carbs to keep your body in a state of ketosis. Fortunately, there are several homemade options that are just as delicious and simple for a busy morning.
Is Cereal Keto?
If you started the keto lifestyle in order to lose weight, then you likely already know that most of the cereals on supermarket shelves aren’t diet-friendly. Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruit Loops, and even Cheerios are all high in sugar and made from processed carbs. They have minimal nutritional benefits with very little fiber or protein. You are likely consuming them because they taste good, not because they’re great for your health.
The other thing to consider when weighing whether cereal is keto-friendly is how you intend to eat it. While some people do eat their cereal dry, most want to eat it with cow’s milk. Milk does have some nutritional value in the form of vitamins and minerals, but it is also high in carbs. A single cup of 3.25 percent milkfat has more than 11 grams of carbs. 
The good news is that if you can find a keto-friendly cereal, you don’t necessarily have to eat it dry. You can substitute dairy milk for unsweetened, plain almond milk which has very few carbs and packs a protein punch into your diet. 
Many brands recognize that the keto fad is here to stay because people are seeing real, tangible results. If you spend enough time perusing the cereal aisle or if you don’t mind ordering groceries online, you might be able to find some keto cereals that you can add to your morning routine such as Magic Spoon. The only downside is that they are often quite expensive.
If you are determined to consume cereal in the morning, you might want to consider switching to granola. While many store-bought granola options are not keto-friendly (just like cereal), you can find some that are heavy on nuts and have no grains. This is definitely a keto-friendly option that you can still enjoy with some unsweetened plain almond milk.
Homemade Keto Cereal Recipes