Best Cereal for Kidney Disease

Not in the mood to cook? Pressed for time in the morning? Ready-to-eat cereals can be a good breakfast (or snack!) option for people with CKD, but navigating the food labels can be tricky. We’ve gone ahead and done the work for you to find the best cereal for kidney disease patients that are not on dialysis. Pair these kidney friendly cereals with a kidney friendly milk, or make a trail mix with some healthy nuts for an ideal kidney friendly meal or snack.

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What makes a cereal kidney friendly?

  • Low Protein – we look for cereals with 10% or less of the calories coming from protein. If you want to do this calculation yourself when looking at a label, just take the grams of protein and multiply by 4. Then divide that result by the total calories per serving. If the answer is 0.10 or less, then that means 10% or less of the calories are from protein.
  • No Added Phosphates – whenever possible, we want to choose a product with no phosphorus additives to avoid the long term consequences of a diet high in phosphorus. For some more detailed information about phosphorus additives, you can watch our video on YouTube.
  • More calories than sodium – the simplest way to stick to a low sodium diet is to just make sure that you consume less sodium than calories
  • Made with whole grains – whole grains contain fiber and naturally occurring vitamins and minerals that are essential to maintaining good health.
  • High in fiber – we aimed for at least 3g of fiber per 1oz serving of grain based cereals
  • First ingredient is not sugar – breakfast cereals are notoriously high in sugar, but we want to at least be sure that they are not mostly sugar. Wherever we can, we will highlight which cereals are relatively low in sugar.

Best Cereals for the Kidney Disease Diet

Kelloggs Frosted Mini-Wheats

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  • Calories: 210
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrate: 51g
  • Fat: 1.5g
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Phosphorus
    Additives:
    None
  • Potassium: 160mg
  • Calcium: 0mg
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 12g
Despite the name, Frosted Mini-Wheats don’t actually contain a ton of sugar (at least for a cereal). And my favorite part about this kidney friendly cereal is that it contains 100% of the daily value for iron, which can be a difficult mineral to get enough of on a low protein diet. This cereal is very low in fat, so be sure to pair this with some healthy fats like nuts for a more filling and satisfying meal or snack. Click the icon below to check prices and reviews for this product.

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Post Great Grains Raisins, Dates, & Pecans cereal

  • Calories: 200
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 40g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 140mg
  • Phosphorus
    Additives:
    None
  • Potassium: 210mg
  • Calcium: 20mg
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 13g
This is another kidney friendly cereal with a relatively high amounf of iron added – 60% of the Daily Value. Great Grains come in several flavors, but this particular flavor is the most CKD-friendly because it had the lowest protein and sodium content. Click the icon below to check prices and reviews for this product.

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Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Style Muesli

  • Calories: 140
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 9g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Phosphorus
    Additives:
    None
  • Potassium: 174mg
  • Calcium: 13mg
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 3g
This is a very high fat, low carb, low protein, very low sodium ‘cereal’ mix. I would probably view this more as a trail mix type food, but it has an excellent nutrition profile for people with CKD. Click the icon below to check prices and reviews for this product.

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Wildway Grain Free Granola Apple Cinnamon

  • Calories: 140
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 12g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Sodium: 25mg
  • Phosphorus
    Additives:
    None
  • Potassium: 171mg
  • Calcium: 23mg
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 8g
This is a granola rather than a traditional cereal, but it contains lots of healthy fats from nuts and seeds while still being low protein. This kidney friendly cereal is also very low in sodium! Click the icon below to check prices and reviews for this product.

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Runner Ups

These cereals didn’t quite meet our stringent requirements, but may still be good options.

Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch

  • Calories: 190
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 46g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 200mg
  • Phosphorus
    Additives:
    None
  • Potassium: 280mg
  • Calcium: 20mg
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 19g
This somewhat kidney friendly cereal was just a tad high in sodium, but it otherwise a low protein cereal. It is also relatively high in carbohydrates and sugar, so be sure to pair this food with a healthy, low protein fat such as walnuts to ensure a more satiating meal. Click the icon below to check prices and reviews for this product.

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Cascadian Farm Coconut Cashew Granola

  • Calories: 330
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrate: 37g
  • Fat: 19g
  • Sodium: 85mg
  • Phosphorus
    Additives:
    None
  • Potassium: 188mg
  • Calcium: 0mg
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 8g
This granola is a bit low on fiber, but I think it makes up for it with all the healthy fats from coconut and cashews. Click the icon below to check prices and reviews for this product.

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Post Honey Bunches of Oats Cinnamon Bunches

  • Calories: 160
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 34g
  • Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 180mg
  • Phosphorus
    Additives:
    None
  • Potassium: 80mg
  • Calcium: 10mg
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 9g
All of the flavors in the Honey Bunches of Oats family are a bit low in fiber and some are a bit higher in sodium (but not terrible). All are low protein and very high in iron which are important for kidney friendly cereals. Click the icon below to check prices and reviews for this product.

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Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Crunch

  • Calories: 140
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrate: 29g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 140mg
  • Phosphorus
    Additives:
    None
  • Potassium: 0mg
  • Calcium: 0mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 11g
If you like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but want to avoid the phosphorus additives, give these a try! These are just a tad low in fiber, but are otherwise a great choice for people with CKD. These are low protein and low sodium, which make this a good cereal for kidney disease. Click the icon below to check prices and reviews for this product.

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