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30 May 2011, Comments (19)

Kashi Indigo Morning Cereal

Author: Healthnuttxo

NEW! I saw it at Whole Foods, and being the impulse buyer I am, bought this new box of cereal. I totally disregarded the fact I already had about, oh, twenty or so, boxes of cereal in my closet (what!? I told you I love carbs!), and bought it anyway.

It looked pretty good. And organic? Count me in!

So yesterday morning, I opened up the box, sliced up a banana and took out my almond milk (the other “usual” components of my breakfast cereal). I was slightly disappointed, there were HARDLY any blueberries or blackberries in the box!  ):

Regardless, here’s a pic of my bowl. The cereal totally hides my bananas, but that’s all good.

Before I poured the almond milk or added any sweetener, I had a few flakes dry. They were light, crispy, and crunchy, but very bland. Just  a HINT of sweetness, with a predominant corn flavor. They reminded me of what a puffed up corn flake might taste like.

I then tried them in the almond milk, where they proceeded to get soggy very quickly. In fact, I felt as if I went through my milk quicker than usual, and had to add extra to my bowl, as I believe the cereal soaked it all up! This wasn’t a problem for me since I happen to like soggy cereals (please, tell me somebody else does too!!). To describe the texture in the milk, it was kind of like soggy potato chips. Weird, but not horrible.

However, I had to add some sweetener to my milk to add some flavor to the bowl. The bananas alone wasn’t enough.  And the few blackberries that I did have were actually quite good. Tart yet lightly sweet. I was surprised I liked them, since I’m not a big fan of blackberries in general.

Overall? It was ok. I had it again this morning, but mixed it with a more sugary cereal. I actually liked the result! I had the sweet taste of my other cereal mixed with the Kashi Indigo Morning cereal. I also really liked that the Kashi cereal had a pretty good portion size. 2 1/2 stars

Do you like your cereal soggy? Or do you prefer to eat it right away?

3/4 cup is 100 calories, 1 gram of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.

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31 Jan 2011, Comments (4)

Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Loaf Whole Meal

Author: Healthnuttxo

Alrighty. Here goes the Amy’s Kitchen Veggie Loaf Whole Meal review. Ok, so the name isn’t exactly super exciting, but then again I don’t really find the word “loaf” all that exciting either. Anyway, I’m assuming Amy’s Kitchen is taking a veggie stand on meat loaf.

Sooooo in this meal is a veggie loaf with some sort of gravy, peas and corn, and mashed potatoes. After I cooked it, here’s what it looked like.

much prettier on the box, indeed.

I started with the peas and the corn. I took a spoonful and almost instantly noticed a texture problem. These were, well, mushy. I was expected them to be crisp, even slightly firm. The taste was really good, but they had a uniform texture- I couldn’t distinguish a kernel of corn from a pea as I chewed it. However, everything was pretty flavorful and the peas were pretty sweet.

Next up, the mashed potatoes. I was a bit let down at the portion of the potatoes, as it wasn’t very large. I took a scoop and they were fluffy, slightly pasty, and slightly salty. The taste reminded me of those thick wedged potato fries. Pretty good.

Lastly, the loaf. On top was a sweet tomato-flavored sauce/gravy. It wasn’t super sweet, but it wasn’t really salty either. The loaf itself was dense, chewy and had a lot of vegetables in it. I easily detected a black pepper flavor, and some garlic as well. It was a tad bit dry, but not too bad. It’s kind of hard to explain- it was almost like oatmeal and veggies in a loaf shape. Here’s a picture of what a piece looked like.

Overall, I actually really enjoyed this meal. It was a light meal, not super filling but substantial, and really quite tasty. It’s a little low on protein, only 9 grams, so I think having a glass of milk or something along the side would be a good option. I also think it’s safe to say I filled my vegetable quota for the day  ; )   4 stars.

1 meal is 290 calories, 8 grams of fat, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein.

What’s your preference- Vegetable Loaf or Meat Loaf?

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.

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