What's the Best Cereal to Eat on WW Freestyle?

It depends on how many SmartPoints you want to spend.

Love eating cereal for breakfast? Whether you’re into Rice Krispies or Corn Flakes, the best cereal to eat on WW Freestyle is the one you enjoy the most. And you can easily dig in to any box without going over your SmartPoints® Budget.

Before you fill your bowl, keep in mind that overpouring can affect how many SmartPoints you end up eating. Depending on whether your dish is deep, shallow, large, or small, filling it up to the brim can serve up way more than one portion. That’s why it’s important to measure your cereal before digging in—at least until you’re used to how a particular option looks in your specific bowl. (Pro tip: Start by scooping from the box with a measuring cup rather than pouring away.)

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Here's a quick guide to the number of SmartPoints per 1-cup serving of cereals found on most shelves: 


How Many SmartPoints Are in Breakfast Cereal? 

Per 1-cup serving


Life, $3.99 for 13 oz

Wheaties, $4.29 for 15.6 oz on

Bran Flakes, $3.99 for 15 oz

Kashi GoLean Original, $5.49 for 21 oz

Kellogg’s Special K Original, $4.99 for 18 oz


Cheerios, $3.99 for 12 oz on

Chex, $4.69 for 12 oz on

Corn flakes, $3.64 for 24 oz on

Kix, $3.99 for 12 oz on

Rice Krispies, $3.28 for 18 oz on

Don't forget the milk!

Unless you eat your cereal dry or stir it into fat-free plain yogurt, a ZeroPoint® food you don’t have to track or measure while following the WW Freestyle program, the milk you splash in your bowl contributes SmartPoints, too. Here’s how the options stack up per cup, which can range from one to 7(!) SmartPoints, depending on your preference:

  • Unsweetened almond milk: 1 SmartPoints value
  • Fat-free milk: 3 SmartPoints
  • 1% milk: 4 SmartPoints values
  • 2% milk: 5 SmartPoints values
  • Whole cow’s milk: 7 SmartPoints values

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DIY Breakfast Bowl Alternatives

Real talk: One measured bowl of cereal with milk can make a real dent in your Budget. If you'd rather save your SmartPoints for fancier morning meal, try a homemade alternative. The recipes below aren’t much harder to assemble than box-to-bowl cereal—promise!