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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

 

Cereals worth 5 SmartPoints Life Cereal 5 SmartPointsLife, $2-3 for 13 oz Amazon.com
Cereal worth 4 SmartPoints Wheaties Cereal - 4 SmartPoints

Wheaties, $11-12 for 15.6 oz on Amazon.com

All Bran Cereal - 4 SmartPoints

All-Bran Flakes, $6-8 for 18 oz Amazon.com

Kashi GoLean Original Cereal - 4 SmartPoints

Kashi GoLean Original, $5.49 for 21 oz Amazon.com

Special K Original Cereal - 4 SmartPoints

Kellogg’s Special K Original, $3-5 for 18 oz Amazon.com

 

3 SmartPoint Value Cereals Cheerios Cereal - 3 SmartPoints

Cheerios, $3.99 for 12 oz on Amazon.com

Chex Gluten Free Cereal - 3 SmartPoints

Chex, $2-4 for 12 oz on Amazon.com

Corn Flakes Cereal - 3 SmartPoints

Corn flakes, $2-4 for 12 oz on Amazon.com

Kix Cereal - 3 SmartPoints

Kix, $3.99 for 12 oz on Amazon.com

Rice Krispies - 3 SmartPoints

Rice Krispies, $3-5 for 24 oz on Amazon.com


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!