Tags: breakfast

19 Jan 2011, Comments (4)

Kashi Golden Goodness cereal

Author: Healthnuttxo

Ahh, I LOVE new products. Whenever I see them, I become an instant impulse buyer and put them in my shopping cart. This box of cereal certainly was no exception.

When I opened the box, I was a little surprised. It looks like mostly tiny flakes, with a few pieces of oats thrown in. Granola or oat clusters happen to be my favorite parts of cereal, so I was a bit bummed out.

Here's what a handful looked like

The flakes were kind of airy, slight honey flavor, and  I could certainly tell it was a wheat flake. It had that nutty after taste to it that I notice with wheat products. The oat clusters were, of course, the best part. Sweet, crunchy, slight honey/vanilla flavor. I wish there was more of them, and I wish they were BIGGER!

One thing I did love- the PORTION size! 1 1/4 cups! I hate when cereals have anything less than a 1 cup serving. I’m a cereal girl- and I like to munch on a lot with fruit and milk for a perfect breakfast 🙂 There’s also 43 grams of whole grain per serving according to the box, and 5 grams of fiber. I’d say this is a 4 star rating for me!

1 1/4 cups is 210 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 49 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

What’s your favorite Kashi product?

Dont forget this giveaway here! 🙂

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Time for another cereal/breakfast related giveaway…. my favorite! Today I’m reviewing a box of granola from Nature’s Path- the Organic PomegranPlus Granola with Cherries!

This sounded so good to me before I opened the box. I was picturing a fruity, sweet yet tart granola with a bunch of cherries and whatnot. However, here’s what I got when I opened the box.

Where are my cherries!?!

As you can see, quite a bit of granola, not that many cherries.  I think I found 5 in the entire box, about the size of a pencil eraser each. So that was disappointing.

Anyway-

I still had hope. I was like, ok well maybe it will still taste really good. I took a big cluster (which points for Nature’s Path there- I LOVE when granola has big clusters. Great for snacking out of the box!). It was crispy and crunchy, but overall kind of bland. Very mild sweetness and a mild coconut flavor. I really didn’t detect any pomegranate or cherry at all 🙁

The few cherries that I did have were sweet and chewy. Throughout my box I even got a random flake in it which I actually found quite funny, what are YOU doing here I thought.

Overall, 2 1/2 stars. I do like that it was organic, had big clusters, and that the serving size is 3/4 of a cup for 250 calories. I just overall found it quite off, and quite bland. Certainly not one I would eat from the box, but perhaps with a flavored yogurt would be good.

3/4 cup is 250 calories, 9 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.

I received this box of granola from Nature’s Path for free.

12 Jul 2010, Comments (3)

Peace Cereal Maple Pecan Crisp

Author: Healthnuttxo

THREE of my favorite things combined in one- maple, pecan, and cereal. Peace Cereal sent me some coupons to try some free products, so as I browsed the aisle at Whole Foods, I saw this cereal, and my heart lit up. MAPLE PECAN CRISP CEREAL! 😀

This cereal had corn flakes, oat clusters, and pecans. I liked that it had 5 grams of protein per serving, and that a serving was one cup. I opened my box once I got home, and the first thing I noticed was that it was sort of “separated”. All the corn flakes were on the top, and most of the oat clusters on the bottom. No worries, I thought, and I just shook up the bag a bit.

The cornflakes were actually quite large, bigger than what I’m used to. I do kind of wish they were a tad smaller, but I really liked that they had a nice crunch to them. Other than that, they pretty much tasted like corn flakes. Very lightly sweetened, crunchy, and just good.

The oat clusters were absolutely DELICIOUS. Big, crunchy and sweet, they were the best part of the cereal. They had a wonderful maple and cinnamon flavor, and I literally picked out most of them out of my box. So… now I’m pretty much left with a box of the cornflakes and a few remnants of oat clusters. heh 🙂

As for the pecan part, there actually were a pretty decent amount. Not a bunch, but there was a good amount of halves/big pieces of pecans. I liked that it wasn’t just little “itty  bitty pieces” of pecans- and that I could actually pick some out of the box and taste them.

Overall, I would eat this cereal again. I liked how it had a light and sweet maple flavor, and was just a good crunchy cereal. Aside from snacking on it dry, I had it with some almond milk and a sliced banana, and it was very delicious! I also liked that it had 5 grams of protein per serving, so there was some satiety with the cereal. One cup is 240 calories, which is a bit high (especially for a snack-out-of-the-box girl like me!), but I think it was a good breakfast with the banana and almond milk. I also didn’t really like that sugar was the 3rd ingredient listed. So, I give it 4 stars, and can see myself buying this in the future (especially for those DELICIOUS oat clusters!!) 😀

1 serving (1 cup) is 240 calories, 6 grams of fat, 42 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

Corn Flour, Whole Rolled Oats, Milled Cane Sugar, Rice Flour, Vegetable Oil (Canola and/or Safflower and/or Sunflower Oil), Pecans, Barley Malt Syrup, Maple Syrup, Cornstarch, Brown Rice Syrup, Salt, Natural Flavor, Organic Cinnamon Bark, Annatto (for color), Turmeric (for color), Purple Carrot Juice (for color), Organic Ginger Root, Organic Cardamom Seed, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Clove Blend.

21 May 2010, Comments (2)

Eden Organic Apple Cherry Butter

Author: Healthnuttxo

If I had to pick a fruit to eat everyday for the rest of my life, it would definetely be the apple. (strawberries a close second!!) In fact, I consume an “apple” way way or another almost every single day. Most days I have a good ol’ Fuji, Braeburn, Gala, etc., but then I also consume a lot of applesauce, apple juice, and apple spreads!

So, I was super excited when Eden sent me their organic apple cherry butter in the mail. I LOVE apple butter. I use it in place of jelly for PB&J sandwiches and spread it on toast. Sometimes I even eat it out of the jar! 😉

Eden’s Organic Apple Cherry Butter is literally just apples & tart cherries. The back of the jar says “Certified organic fruit (4 pounds to a jar) from family owned orchards on the Great Lakes’ shores. We kettle simmer select apple varieties with a bit of organic apple juice concentrate, then blend in a 30 brix puree of Organic Montmorency Tart Cherries.” Wow- 4 pounds of fruit a jar? That’s a LOT of fruit!!

So I whipped open the jar and took a look. Brown in color and smooth in consistency, it smelled like apple juice with a hint of cherry. I took a spoonful…. Be prepared to pucker up! This stuff is TART!!  They weren’t kiddin gwhen they said they used TART cherries!! And yet, tart as it was, I went back for more! It was sweet and bitter at the same time from the cherries, with apple-y undertones of taste. Not bad! 🙂

Overall, I give it 4 stars. It’s actually quite refreshing, and I think it would be great on some buttered toast or mixed in with hot oatmeal. It’s also organic and has no added  refined sugar. I don’t know if I’ll be eating this one directly from the jar, but it certainly is unique and tasty! 🙂

1 tablespoon is 25 calories, 0 grams of fat, 6 carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 5 grams of sugar and 0 grams of protein.

Organic Apples, Organic Montmorency Tart Cherry Puree, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate.

16 May 2010, Comments (3)

Measure Up Bowl

Author: Healthnuttxo

Who says my reviews are only limited to food? Here’s my first HEALTHY PRODUCT review- you can’t eat it, but it will make eating fun!

Measure Up Bowls are literally (as the website states), “Portion Control in a Bowl”. They provide pre-measured portions in each porcelain bowl (which is conveinently dishwasher & microwave safe- WOO! No hand washing!) with visible lines. The Classic Bowl is intended for every day eats, like cereal and soups, and has measurement lines from 1/2 cup to 2 cups. The smaller bowl is intended for treats, like chips, ice cream and granola, and has measurements from 1/4 cup to 3/4 cup. You simply pour what you want in the bowls until the line is reached, and enjoy. Super easy!

Right off the bat, these get 5 stars for conveinence. Who likes taking time to measure? I like to pour, eat and repeat! But, how accurate are these bowls?

Well, here’s where the detective side of me kicks in. I decided to test the accuracy.

I measured 1 cup of mysterious orange liquid (haha, kidding! it was this Tropicana Light orangeade drink my family drinks a lot).

1 cup exactly- (plus a cute chia pet in the background!)

Then, I poured it into the bowl. The verdict- one cup exactly! Woo! 🙂

Overall, these are pretty cool! I think these are perfect for the “lazy dieter” (the people who can’t be bothered to measure!), or anyone who wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and get an eye of what a true portion is. I give them 4 stars overall. The company sent me these two bowls directly, but you can also buy them at Target, Delight or at MeasureUpBowl’s website. (Don’t forget you can also join their facebook group for info on menus & upcoming events!)

23 Mar 2010, Comments (5)

Chobani Strawberry Banana 2% Greek Yogurt

Author: Healthnuttxo

New flavor alert!
One of my favorite companies Chobani sent me an e-mail asking to review one of their new flavors, Strawberry Banana 2% Greek Yogurt, a try. Honestly, HOW could I say no? Being the yogurt lover that I am, and seeing how much I adore Chobani Greek Yogurt, I knew this one HAD to be good. I reviewed some of their yogurts in the past, and loved them! Check them out here.

At first I was a little taken aback- 2%? Is that necessary? Fat Free Greek Yogurt is already super creamy- How can it get any better??

It can. Trust me it can. 😀

For those of you unfamiliar with Greek Yogurt, it has double the protein of regular yogurt, and is super creamy (think sour cream consistency). This particular Chobs has no artificial colors, flavors, high fructose corn syrup (YUCK!), is all natural, has probiotics, is gluten free and vegetarian (no gelatin!)

Moving on,

The Strawberry Banana 2% is amazing! I actually LOVED the addition of real cream as one of the ingredients along with milk- it really made a difference and brought such a dessert-like consistency and flavor to the yogurt. It was super creamy, with a few itty bitty strawberry chunks in it. The flavor was rockin’ too. A nice blend of strawberry AND banana (yes, both!). Neither were more overpowering- which I often find happens when you get mixed fruit yogurts. You taste one flavor predominantly over the other, and the company might as well not have bothered mixing the flavors together to begin with. Not the case here- the strawberry flavor was real and so was the banana. I hate the “fake” tasting banana (think- LAFFY TAFFY), but this tasted like actualy bananas were pureed and put in the yogurt. By itself, it’s not too sweet, just right in my opinion, and was certainly satisfying.

I had this new Chobani with sliced strawberries, dark chocolate almond granola (courtesy of Cascadian Farm), a drizzle of dark chocolate dreams (courtesy of PB&CO), and a sploosh of whipped cream. Ahh, what a DECADENT breakfast it was.

Overall, I give this flavor 4  stars. It was delicious, and certainly fed the hungry monster I like to call my stomach (grr that bottomless pit!). I also like that there was no HFCS or refined sugar commonly found in yogurts (and no artificial sweetners!) The only thing I DIDN’T like was that it had 2 grams of saturated fat per cup. 160 calories is quite high to spend on a cup of yogurt for someone who likes to add lots of mixins (cereal! fruit! peanut butter!). However, my stomach and my taste buds were satisfied ALL morning 🙂

What’s your favorite Chobani Flavor? Let me know which one’s to try!!

1 cup is 160 calories, 3 grams of fat, 19 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 14 grams of protein.

Cultured Pasteurized Nonfat Milk, Evaporated Cane Juice, Strawberries, Bananas, Natural Flavors, Locust Bean Gum, Pectin, Fruit and Vegetable Juice (for color).

22 Mar 2010, Comments (1)

Cascadian Farm Fruitful O’s Cereal

Author: Healthnuttxo

Cascadian Farm makes tasty foods, ranging from cereals, granolas, frozen foods, cereal bars, etc.  that are all organic. According to Cascadian Farm, “Our organic foods are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetically engineered ingredients.” This also means no preservatives or nasty artificial colors or flavors. As a bonus– the companies farming methods help protect and preserve our environment. Way to be, Cascadian Farm!

So I went to Waldbaums the other day and I went to pick up my usual cereals, when I spotted this new cereal Fruitful O’s. They were naturally fruit flavored, instead of artificially flavored. I decided to revel in my childhood and buy a box. It was a bit pricey, all organic food usually is, but I wanted to try this new cereal.

So, I opened up the box when I got home and poured myself a bowl. They came in colors yellow, orange and purple. I really liked how the serving size was 1 cup  and still only had 120 calories. Plus, there was a LOT of Fruitful O’s in my bowl with just 1 cup!

The taste was actually quite good, however it was much  better in some vanilla almond breeze or skim milk than dry. When they were dry, they were sweet and crunchy, with a mostly orangy fruity flavor. However, when I had them with milk or almond milk, the flavors really shown through, and they wer actually sweeter. Normally when I add milk to my cereals, I notice it gets soggy fast and the flavor disperses in the milk. This didn’t happen as quickly with this cereal. I usually have a method for this, as I like my cereal when it’s a tad soggy from the milk, but still has a crunch. I measure out how much I want, put half in a bowl (usually with a sliced banana), add the milk (and ice cube, of course! 😉 ) and then I add more cereal as I go along. Keeps the flavor and the crunch going!

Overall, I was impressed. Cascadian Farms’ brand is also made with whole grain oat flour and has 3 grams of fiber per serving.  There is also no partially hydrogenated oils or artificial colors/dyes.

I give Fruitful O’s 4 stars. I think it’s good to mix in with some higher fiber cereals, or to have a bowl as a snack (the cereal alone probably won’t hold you over very long).

1 cup is 120 calories, 1 gram of fat, 27 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein. It is also fortified with vitamins and minerals, like calcium (10% per bowl), iron (25% per bowl) and zinc (35% per bowl).

la la loving the organic ingredients
Whole Grain Oat Flour, Corn Meal, Sugar (from cane), Tapioca Syrup, Oat Fiber, Wheat Starch, Sea Salt, Sunflower Oil, Color (elderberry juice concentrate, turmeric and annatto), Fructose, Natural Flavor.

Whhhoooooo likes waffles, pancakes and french toast? 😀
Better question-
Who doesn’t like waffles, pancakes or french toast?
Yea- not feeling many responses there.

I haven’t met a person who doesn’t love waffles, pancakes OR french toast. Perfect to wake up to in the morning, for an afternoon snack, or even breakfast for dinner with some scrambled eggs. Topped with maple syrup, yogurt, fresh fruit, whipped cream, ANYTHING, these 3 are a sweet indulgence.

However- they are time consuming to make. AND- there’s only so many EGGO waffles a girl can consume in her life (and there’s a lot of icky ingredients in those boxed frozen brands anyway).
But, I’ve found a solution (of COURSE I found a solution!).  De Wafelbakkers makes gourmet pancakes, waffles & french toast. Yes, they are frozen, but they are actually GOOD for you and GOOD tasting. They are all natural, and according to the website, the “taste is unique. Unlike regular, bland waffles, french toast, and pancakes that have no taste without syrup,
De Wafelbakkers products have a wonderful flavor all their own.”

They have a bunch of varieties too. For the pancakes, there are Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes, A+ Cinnamon Whole Grain Spelt Pancakes, All Natural Whole Grain Pancakes, Blueberry Whole Grain Organic Pancakes, and Flaxseed Buckwheat Berry Pancakes.

For the waffles, there are A+ Cinnamon Whole Grain Spelt Waffles, Blueberry Whole Grain Organic Waffles, Flaxseed Whole Grain Apple Cinnamon Waffles, Oat Bran Spelt Waffles, and Holland Waffles

And lastly, there is Whole Grain Cinnamon French Toast.

Of the varieties, I was lucky enough to try….


the Blueberry Whole Grain Organic Pancakes,

Flaxseed Buckwheat Berry Pancakes,

Flaxseed Whole Grain Apple Cinnamon Waffles,

and the A+ Cinnamon Whole Grain Spelt Waffles.

The Blueberry and Buckwheat Berry pancakes were similar in size and in texture.  The serving size is 2 pancakes, which I THOUGHT would be too small, but it was actually very filling and substantiating. About the size of a CD, these pancakes were fluffy and moist coming out of the microwave. I also popped them in the toaster oven for a few seconds to add crisper edges, as if I actually made them from scratch. The blueberry ones were very tasty- strong hints of real blueberries, no fake fruit flavor here. I had them by themselves with whipped cream (ahh-heaven), and with maple syrup. They soaked up the maple syrup nicely, which gave an awesome, sweet blueberry/maple flavor. The buckwheat berry ones were equally as delicious. They had a brown sugar flavor to them, and had little berry pieces in them. There was a subtle raspberry flavor, which was nice, but I would  have preferred just a little more berry flavoring. However, it was refreshing to have a pancake that wasn’t so OVERLY sweet screaming “hey! I’m STRAWBERRY flavored!”

Onto the waffles..
Much different than your standard frozen waffle. Square in shape, you get 3 sets of waffles per serving. If you are used to hard and crispy waffles, these are quite different. VERY soft, even after toasting them in the toaster oven, they got crispy edges, but remained fluffy and soft on the inside. A unique experience for me, but definitely a good one! 🙂 The Apple Cinnamon Flaxseed Waffles were sooo good. They had a buttery taste to them, with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and then a slight granny smith apple after taste. They were sweet, super fluffy, and really delicious. I really enjoyed these, and it’s an easy way to get some flaxseed into my diet! 😉 They were a little high in fat, but it only had 1 gram saturated per serving, so most of it was healthy fats. Onto the winner of the review, the A+ Cinnamon Whole Grain Spelt Waffles. Honestly, the name says it all. A PLUS. A+ !!!! These were THE BEST WAFFLES I HAVE EVER EATEN IN MY LIFE. My stomach/ brain/taste buds were in love (so was my nose with the excellent smell surrounding my kitchen).  They are made with sweet potatoes, which was SO delectable with the cinnamon flavors. It provided a sweet, yet savory flavor, that was just perfect. I could eat these breakfast, lunch and dinner!!

Overall, I’m giving the pancakes 4 stars, and the waffles 5 stars. I REALLY enjoyed the waffles the most. They were unique, delicious, nutritious and absolutely divine. I love how they are made with whole wheat flours, and have other health benefits such as the incorporation of flaxseed, inulin, spelt flour, buckwheat flour and Fructan (Nutraflora) (see website for details). The only negatives I came up with was that there are refined sugars/corn syrup in a few of the flavors, some a tad high in fat, and some lack fiber and protein. However, a few modifications (add some fruit, add some yogurt or scrambled eggs, etc.) can make these a perfect, delicious, round-about meal. I haven’t tried the French Toast yet, but I will soon (and let you guys know how it is of course), and I’ll be hunting down the other waffle flavors as well!!

Blueberry Pancake- 2 pancakes is 180 calories, 6 grams of fat, 33 carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.

Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Canola or Organic Soybean Oil, Organic Blueberries, Fructan, Whey, Protein Concentrate (milk), Salt, Organic Egg, Whites, Soy Lecithic (Emulsifier), Leavening (Sodium Acid PyroPhosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Natural Blueberry Flavor, Natural Butter Flavor, Xanthan Gum. Contains Egg, Milk, Soy, Wheat.

Buckwheat Berry Pancake- 2 pancakes is 140 calories, 4 grams of fat, 31 carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein.

Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Sugar, FlaxSeed Meal, Buckwheat Flour, Soybean Oil and/or Canola Oil, Fructan, Egg Whites, Whey, Dried Mixed Berries, Salt, Leavening (Calcium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Soy Lecithin, Natural Berry Flavor, Natural Vanilla, Xanthan Gum. Contains Egg, Milk, Soy, Wheat.

Apple Cinnamon Waffle-3 waffles is 210 calories, 11 grams of fat, 27 carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein.

Whole Wheat Flour, Sugar, Egg Whites, Water, Rice Bran Oil and/or Canola Oil, Flax Seed Meal, Apple flavor-ettes, (sugar, corn syrup, corn cereal, modified food starch, vegetable oil, natural flavor, caramel color, malic acid), Dried Apples, Fructan, Cinnamon, Lecithin, Whey, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Leavening (Calcium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Vanilla. Contains Egg, Milk, Soy, Wheat.

A+ Cinnamon Spelt Waffle– 3 waffles is 190 calories, 9 grams of fat, 24 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.


Whole Wheat Flour, Whole Grain Spelt Flour, Egg Whites, Sugar, Water, Sweet Potatoes, Rice Bran Oil and/or Canola Oil, Fructan, Lecithin, Soy Flour, Whey, Cinnamon, Salt, Leavening (Calcium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Xanthan Gum. Made with Bruce Foods Sweet Potatoes. Contains Egg, Milk, Soy, Wheat.

13 Feb 2010, Comments (6)

Three Sister's all natural cereals

Author: healthnuttxo

Three Sisters Cereal makes all natural cereals that can be found at Whole Foods and come in eco- friendly packaging. They come in a bag rather than boxes, which allows them to use 75% less packaging waste than a box and a bag together! They are also made using renewable energy. Finally, a cereal you can feel good about eating! 🙂

They come in 6 flavors, Cinnamon Sweets, Graham Crackerz, Marshmallow Oaties, Sweet Wheat, Honey Oaties, and Honey’n Oats. All of them have no trans fat, artificial colors/flavors or preservatives. I got to try a couple of the cereals, and they did not disappoint! Here’s my thoughts on them, and how they live up to the childhood favorite.

Honey’n Oats-  It has corn, wheat flake and granola clusters, all with just a touch of honey. The flakes were light and crispy, and I looved the granola clusters. It was sweet and crunchy, and was a nice topper on my oatmeal ( I like to have some CRUNCH in my oatmeal!). My only complaint is I wish there were more granola clusters. I only got a few in one serving, and they are my favorite part!

Graham Crackerz–  It has a bit of a ginger bread cookie flavor and it wasn’t too sweet, and had very nice molasses, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors. Nice and crunchy, it went well with my chocolate  pudding, or eaten as is (dry, without milk).

Marshmallow Oaties- This one had sweetened whole grain oat cereal with cute circular marshmallows. The oat pieces were too cute- they were shaped like anchors!- and had a sweet vanilla taste, but not overpowering. They were nice and crunchy, but also puffy and airy in the center. The marshmallow bits dissolved in my mouth but still have  a wee bit of a crunch. I like how the serving size is 1 cup as well. Yum!

Sweet Wheat-  They all had a generous amount of sweet sugary topping 🙂 The biscuits were also thick, with many layers of sweet, crunchy wheat. They were excellent and plumped up nicely in my vanilla soy milk and sliced banana. Deee-lish.

*added*
Honey Oaties-
these are good too! Crunchy and in the shape of tiny circles, or o’s, they were sweet with a nice honey taste. I’m always a fan for honey!

Overall, these cereals get 4 stars.   My favorites were the Sweet Wheat and Marshmallow Oaties. They would get a higher rating, except that they do contain some refined sugar, and some of them have corn syrup as well. They are also relatively low in fiber, except for the Sweet Wheat variety.  I will probably use these as a mix with my higher fiber cereals or breakfast, or if I’m craving something sweet & crunchy 🙂 On the plus side, they don’t have any trans fats, preservatives or artificial ingredients. Graham Crackerz- 3/4 cup is 130 calories, 3 grams of fat, 25 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.

Marshmallow Oaties- 1 cup is 120 calories,  1 gram of fat, 24 carbohydrates,1 gram of fiber, and 2 grams of protein.

Honey’n Oats- 3/4 cup is 120 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 25 carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 2 gram of protein.

Sweet Wheat- 1 cup is 210 calories, 1 gram of fat, 45 carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.

For ingredients, check here!

23 Jan 2010, Comments (2)

Happy Birthday Annie's Homegrown!

Author: healthnuttxo

In honor of Annie’s Homegrown‘s birthday, I think it would be appropriate to do a review on a cereal I bought, Bunny Love. This cereal is an all natural, whole grain, corn & oat cereal, made without preservatives or fillers, and is vegan.

I decided to pick it up at the store because it was pretty enticing and the nutritional stats fit for what I generally look for in cereal. It was a royal purple box, with pictures of bunny-shaped cereal on the cover. Cute! It was only 110 calories per serving with 3 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of sugar, so I figured it was worth a shot.

I tried this cereal a couple of ways (including yesterday’s recipe!). I poured a bowl of it and examined the shapes- adorable! So cute!

Each piece certainly is crunchy and has a mild, toasted oat flavor.  In fact, this cereal really isn’t sweet at all. I probably wouldn’t eat this on it’s own (as I had hoped for from the cute shapes!), but I found it was good paired with some flavored yogurt. Stonyfield Farm Banilla yogurt and Chobani strawberry greek yogurt were two excellent ways to pair with the cereal. It provided sweetness and a nice crunch to the yogurt. I also liked this cereal paired with some chocolate and vanilla soy milk. I’m sure you can use almond milk as well, but the flavors in the soymilk went nicely with the oaty taste of the bunnies.

Overall, given that it was not intended to be a sugary cereal, I give this cereal 3 1/2 stars, by itself, 4 paired with yogurt or flavored soymilk. The nutrionals are excellent-whole grains, fiber and all natural- but I prefer my cereal just a wee bit sweeter so I can munch it out of the box.

1 serving is 110 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 22 carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

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