Whether or not you eat breakfast can be the difference between dominating your tasks ahead and hitting the wall at 11 a.m., skipping your workout, and spiraling into a year-long relationship with Netflix and your couch.

The point is: Breakfast is important. And considering our national love for quick breakfasts in a bowl, we’re taking a good, hard look at oatmeal and granola cereal and sussing out which is best for starting your day. 

Louise Chen, a registered dietitian based in Dallas, notes that both foods can be healthy. She suggests limiting your intake of both to a half-cup and supplementing with fresh berries, chia seeds and flaxseeds, and walnuts and almonds.

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Overall, oatmeal is more likely to satisfy your hunger. But if you’re jonesing for granola and willing to think outside the cereal box, try adding a handful atop Greek yogurt for a healthy, filling breakfast.

Nutrition Showdown: Oatmeal vs. Granola Cereal

Serving: ½ cup with 2% milk


  • 143 calories
  • 7g protein
  • 20g carbs
  • 6.5g sugar
  • 2g fiber


  • 358 calories
  • 12g protein
  • 39g carbs
  • 18g sugar
  • 5g fiber
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