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Nothing like a cold bowl of crunchy cereal in the morning. In fact, I find myself having cereal and fruit with almond milk almost every day of the week! Satisfying, crunchy, and just plain good!

I happen to love when cereals have little add-ins to them, like granola clusters, dried fruit, marshmallows…(gotta love the marshmallows!), so I thought Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Red Berry Crunch actually looked pretty good.

I opened up the box and saw flakes, little balls that resembled crisp rice, granola clusters with flaxseed, and dried strawberries. According to the ingredients, there were supposed to be dried raspberries as well, but I could only really distinguish the strawberries (which were rather small, as well).

I decided to try each of these components separately, and then together.

The flakes were the best part. Crunchy and sweet, with a strawberry aftertaste that was quite delicious. The granola clusters were crunchy, but had an overall flaxseed flavor that I wasn’t too fond of, only because while I do eat flaxseed for the nutritional benefits, I’m not a fan of the flavor of flaxseed. Next up, the strawberries, they were a tad bit small, not real “chunks” of strawberries, and were rather tart.

As a whole, the cereal was really good. Nutty flavored, crunchy, sweet and very tasty actually. I also read on the box that the cereal “contains 0.5g of Omega 3 per serving, which is 38% of the recommended daily value of 1.3g”- so not only tasty, but good for me too! : )

Overall, 4 stars. I liked the flakes the best, and overall a yummy cereal. I do wish the strawberry pieces were larger, and perhaps they had some granola clusters without any actual flaxseeds in them, just so I can taste the yummy granola 🙂

3/4 cup is 210 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

*I was sent to try this box of cereal for free from Nature’s Path*

Ah, that cute puffin I have grown to love on most of the Barbara’s Bakery products. It’s almost as if when I’m browsing the grocery store, I don’t have to look hard to find the Barbara’s Bakery products- just look for the cute puffin!

Well, today he’s feature on the Puffin Puffs Fruit Medley Cereal that I was sent to try from Barbara’s Bakery. According to the package, this cereal is “100% natural” and a “crunchy corn and oat cereal”, along with being “prebiotic”. Let’s hope it’s tasty, too! : )

I opened up the single serve bag, and saw a variety of shapes and colors- certainly not what I’m used to with the familiar puffin squares. There were yellow banana shaped pieces, orange orange shaped pieces, and purple pieces that sort of resembled either a flower or a bunch of grapes, I wasn’t really sure.

Anywho-

The taste sure was FRUITY! Almost a tropical feel really. Each piece sort of tasted the same, and all together, it reminded me of fruity-type cereals I have eaten in the past. The cereal was quite sweet overall, but not “sugary” tasting, which I liked. The texture was very airy, crispy and crunchy- even slightly sticky!

Overall, an enjoyable cereal. I’m sure kids will enjoy this cereal, and I thought it was quite good too. I’m giving it 3 1/2 stars overall. It was a bit airy for my liking, and I can’t really see it satisfying my appetite for long. I do like how there is 3 grams of fiber, and only 7 grams of sugar per 30-gram bag!

So, here’s a question you may want to answer…
What’s your favorite childhood cereal?
I think mine was Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch! 🙂

1 bag (30 grams) is 120 calories, 1 gram of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

Nature’s Path is one of my favorite brands when it comes to organic food. I have yet to this day had a product from this brand that I haven’t liked. To add to my list of favorites, is the Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon Cereal that I was sent to try from Nature’s Path.

So what’s so special about this cereal? Well there’s a few things I like.

One- a serving size is ONE CUP! WOO HOO!
Two- There’s only 9 grams of sugar in 1 cup of cereal!
Three- there’s 7 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein
Four- it’s ORGANIC!

Okay, so all that’s great, right? But, how does it taste?

Yummmmayyy!

One of the things I love is cinnamon, and this cereal has a great cinnamon flavor. Fresh, lightly sweetened, real cinnamon. There wasn’t much of a blueberry flavor, but there was tiny blueberries scattered throughout the cereal that tasted good. There were crunchy and HARD noodle/twig shaped pieces, and flakes. What I really liked was that the crunch held up in my almond milk and sliced banana, and it had a good amount of sweetness. 4 1/2 stars

1 cup is 200 calories, 3 grams of fat, 38 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein.

22 Aug 2010, Comments (1)

Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s

Author: Healthnuttxo

Nature’s Path is a brand that really has never let me down. I think they make delicious and healthy products, and have a LOT to choose from!

I was sent a box of the Whole O’s to try from Nature’s Path. Along with being organic,  this cereal is gluten free. I wasn’t really sure what to make of this cereal (before I tried it). There was only 4 grams of sugar per serving, so I wasn’t expecting a sweet cereal, and gluten-free products have sort of been a hit or miss for me.

Anyway-

So, according to the box, these were “Crunchy O’s of Organic Corn & Whole Grain Rice”. I opened up the box and saw little brown pieces of cereal, in the shapes of circles.  I tried a few by themselves and thought, WOW! I certainly agree that they are “crunchy”! I wasn’t really expecting them to be so crispy and crunchy! They had sort of a toasted flavor to them, and tasted like brown crispy rice cereal. They were airy and had just a bit of sweetness at the end. I tried them in milk next, and was still impressed. I chopped up a granny smith apple and had this cereal with some almond milk and was very happy.

Overall, I wasn’t expecting to like these as much as I did. The ONLY thing I was really disappointed about was that a serving size is 2/3 of a cup, and I wish it was a bit bigger, as I like to eat a lot of cereal : )  Otherwise, a winner in my eyes, and really good nutrition facts, too!  4 1/2 stars

2/3 cup is 110 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Corn Flour, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Pomegranate Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt.

GRANOLA! One of my favorite things to eat (which if you are an avid read, I’m sure you know that already! 🙂 ).

So today’s granola review is Nature’s Path Organic Vanilla Almond Flax Plus Granola, sent to me generously from the people at Nature’s Path! : )

So I opened up the bag, and discovered a lot of rolled oats, a good amount of tiny flaxseeds, and little slivers of almonds. This looks pretty good! I took a handful and discovered that this granola had a light vanilla flavor. Really quite light actually. I sort of wish that it had a deeper vanilla flavor, as I certainly am a fan of vanilla! I also discovered that it had a very mild sweetness- so I did actually wish it was a little bit sweeter as well.

What I did like about this cereal was that according to the box, it was an “excellent source of Omega-3” and “Contains 0.9 g of Omega 3 per serving, which is 69% of the reccommended daily value of 1.3 g”. That’s really awesome! I know sometimes it’s hard for me to get all of my daily reccomended value of Omega 3’s, so this may be a good option for me!

Overall, this cereal gets 3 stars. I also did like that a serving is 3/4 of a cup, and that it had 5 grams of fiber per serving. Woo-hoo! : )

3/4 cup is 250 calories, 9 grams of fat, 36 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic soy oil, organic brown rice flour, organic flaxseed, organic almonds, organic oat syrup solids (organic oat syrup solids, tocopherols), natural vanilla flavor, sea salt, organic molasses.

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.

 

Barbara’s Bakery is a great company that makes an assortment of products, such as cereals, granola bars and other yummy snacks. They are also having a makeover! The generous folks at Barbara’s Bakery sent me some cereals to try (and a cute beanie puffin! (one of which one of YOU has a chance to win!!)) and some information about their makeover. According to the letter I was sent, “Barbara’s makeover celebrates 40 years of natural food heritage with four new delicious cereals and a completely new sustainable carton design.

Barbara’s proudly debuts three new High Fiber cereals, each offering at least 40 percent of daily fiber needs and 50 percent whole grains, as well as Multigrain Puffins, the newest addition to the popular Puffins cereal line, with gluten free and Prebiotic NutraFlora health benefits.

Starting in Fall 2010, all Barbara’s cereals come in 100% recycled, sustainable GreenChoice cartons (North America’s only certified recycled paperboard). Barbara’s products aren’t only good for the body, but they’re good for the environment, too!”

 I think that’s great!  Barbara’s Bakery products seem just awesome! In addition to Barbara’s Bakery having a makeover, they are also running the Barbara’s Natural Makeover Contest. If interested you can find out more information about that here.

Now, onto the reviews! (and then the giveaway!)

Shredded Oats Original- ooh these are pretty good! Square in shape, they are crunchy and slightly sweet. They are thick little squares, and have a “sweet” oaty taste. I think they were perfect dry- a good snacking cereal! 4 stars

Puffins Original- also delicious! I thought I wasn’t going to like these seeing as they are low in sugar (and I have a bit of a sweet-tooth 😉 ) but they are actually really good! They are brown in color, have a rougher texture, but are still crunchy. They are very lightly sweet, and remind me of a slightly sweet crunchy piece of toast. Also a good snacking cereal, but I also had them with cottage cheese and enjoyed the crunch they provided. I also LOVE that these are only 90 calories per serving! 4 stars

Gluten Free Puffins Multigrain- yet again, I love the CRUNCH that these provide! They came in three different shades of color, a darker brown, and orangey color, and a yellow. In my opinion, the darker brown was the least sweet, and the yellow squares were the sweetest of the 3. Yet, all together, they were not overly sweet, but very good. I enjoyed these with yogurt & fruit  4 stars

Shredded Minis Blueberry Burst- yum, yum, YUM! My favorite of the samples I was sent, these were EXCELLENT! A combination of brown and light blue colored squares, the light blue squares had a sweet, real blueberry taste. They sort of had a ‘coating’ of a crunchy blueberry flavor, which really was tasty. I also liked that in the little bag I got (40 grams), there were a lot of squares to munch on! I also liked the fact that there was added calcium. 4 1/2 stars

Overall, I really enjoyed these, and can definetely see myself buying some in the future. I loved the ingredients, the crunch, and the nutrition they all provided. Hooray for Barbara’s Bakery! For more information about ingredients & nutrition, please click here.

Now, onto the GIVEAWAY!

Would you like to win your very own Beanie Puffin? I was sent one from Barbara’s Bakery, and you have a chance to win one too! It’s a cute stuffed animal, that resembles this little Puffin I found off of Barbara’s Bakery website.

HOW CUTE!!!

How to enter-
1.Complete the Mandatory Question and leave a comment below for ONE entry.
(Optional)
2. Complete the additional questions/tasks for additional entries. Please leave a comment for each!

1. (MANDATORY)- What is your favorite cereal by Barbara’s Bakery? If you never had Barbara’s Bakery cereals, which cereal would you like to try OR what is your favorite cereal in general?

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2. Add me to your blog roll/ follow me! (1 additional entry)
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Contest is open to U.S. citizens only, and will end FRIDAY, July 16th, 12 pm. 

Nature’s Path is definitely one of my favorite brands, especially when it comes to delicious cereals or granola bars. I haven’t met a product I haven’t  liked, and to add to my list of favorites is Nature’s Path Envirokidz Organic Peanut Butter Panda Puffs.

Well, seeing as I love peanut butter, I love cereal, and well, I love pandas!, how could I not  love this cereal? 🙂

The people over at Nature’s Path generously sent me some products to try, including a box of the Envirokidz Organic Peanut Butter Panda Puffs. This cereal is gluten free, and made with corn meal. Each “puff” is a small little ball, and orange-yellow in color. They are very peanut-buttery, too! Absolutely delicious! I tried a few of them dry, and with milk. They were crunchy, and had a slightly sweet yet salty peanut butter taste. I like how they stayed crunchy for the most part with my milk, and if you let them sit a little bit, they really absorb some of the milk and it creates an almost different experience.

One thing I did notice was that this cereal really “sticks” to your teeth! It reminded me of how when I eat a scoop of peanut butter or a peanut butter sandwich, how the peanut butter sticks to your mouth! However, it did not take away from the overall enjoyment of this cereal.

Overall, this cereal gets 4 stars. It’s very tasty, but the only down side is that a serving size is 3/4 of a cup, which is a tad small for me, and 130 calories per serving. It also doesn’t have too much fiber or protein, so I don’t think it will provide much satiety from hunger for too long. However, it was great with some milk or soy milk and some fruit. On the box they have a picture of a bowl with a sliced banana, which I will admit, was a very good combination. I think I will stick to this cereal as a snacking cereal more than a breakfast cereal, because I preferred the puffs dry over wet. 🙂

1 serving (3/4 cup) is 130 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 24 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

Organic corn meal, organic evaporated cane juice, organic peanut butter, organic soy oil, sea salt, tocopherols (natural vitamin E).

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Seeing as I’m going with a chocolate theme for the last few posts, I figured a review of Bear Naked Heavenly Chocolate all natural granola fit the bill quite nicely.

I got a coupon for a free bag of Bear Naked’s cereals from the company, and brought it with me to the store. I always remember seeing these cereals on the shelves, but I rarely buy granola- too calorie dense and too delicious to stop at the measly serving size provided. But hey- this bag was free for me, so why not “splurge” a little? 😉

I decided to pick up the Heavenly Chocolate simply because it was different. I’m so used to fruity granolas, especially cinnamon & raisin types, or something with fruit and nuts. Plus, how can something called Heavenly Chocolate taste bad? Exactly.

At first I turned over the bag- not too shabby. Only 7 grams of sugar for one serving (I’ve seen granolas with sugar counts over TWENTY grams a serving. Sheesh!!), and 130 calories for 1/4 of a cup. Plus, it provides 16 grams of whole grains for one serving, and the first ingredient was oats. Alright, I can dig it.

So, I opened up the bag, and figured the best way to try this was…. straight out of the bag! It smells really good. Like a melted chocolate bar. Yum! Rather than individual oats, they are small “clumps” of brown-chocolately covered clusters, that are just the right mix of chewy and crunchy. I also spotted some baby chocolate chips in some of the “clusters”. It had a nice cocoa/chocolate flavor, without being overly sweet. Just right, in fact. The perfect cereal to have with milk (or soy milk or almond milk or _insert your favorite milk) and a sliced banana. And, gotta love that it’s all natural and NO high fructose corn syrup. Woo-hoo!

Overall, I give this cereal 4 stars. It certainly was tasty, and quite addictive. I also think this is a great topping for yogurt or frozen yogurt (I’m already planning on having a raspberry Chobani yogurt with this cereal!!) I don’t think anyone can stick to the 1/4 of a cup serving size- too good! On the bright side, if you do have 1/2 a cup, it’s 260 calories, 8 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and a lot of chocolatey goodness! It loses some points because it included refined sugar in the ingredients, and I try to stay away from that as much as possible 🙂

1 serving, 1/4 of a cup, is 130 calories, 4 grams of fat, 21 carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Whole Grain oats, Chocolate Chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, milk), Honey, Brown Rice Syrup, Evaporated Cane Juice, Canola Oil, Whole Grain Crisp Rice (whole grain rice, barley malt), Cocoa, Chocolate Extract, Ground Flax Seeds, Oat Bran, Natural Flavor, Coconut.

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!)

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