Switching to cold?
Believe it or not, as much as I love oatmeal, I sometimes find it hard to eat when the weather gets warmer.
While that hasn’t happened just yet, I am feeling the inspiration to start experimenting with other breakfast foods, including some “cold” cereals.
I picked up this box of Kashi Autumn Wheat over the weekend.
It was on sale at Target and has a very short (and organic) ingredients list. Also, it was the only one I could find of their selection that did not contain honey (I’m not a total avoider but I try to when I can).
I enjoyed a bowl this morning with plain soymilk and a sliced banana.
The “biscuits” were crunchy and held up in the milk really well. The taste was just slightly sweet and unlike some less fibrous cereals, it kept me full for a good 4 hours.
According to Tina, the NuVal score for the Kashi Autumn Wheat cereal is 40. This isn’t too bad, considering Kashi Strawberry Fields scores an 11 and Kashi 7 Whole Grain Flakes gets a 29. Each serving contains 6 grams each of protein and fiber, plus just 7 grams of sugar.
I like reading about the NuVal scores because they give you an overall picture of the nutritional value of the product and don’t just base it on one or two factors. By the way, if you missed my guest post at Trading Up Downtown, you can check it out here 🙂
Two of the better ones listed on the NuVal site are Post Shredded Wheat ‘n Bran (NuVal Score: 91) and Hodgson Mill Unprocessed Wheat Bran (NuVal Score: 100), neither of which sound very tasty. But I suppose adding fruit & soymilk would make a difference.
I am constantly striving to find a tasty, affordable and nutritious cereal. I love Cheerios but let’s face it, they are painfully low in fiber and protein. Quaker Oatmeal Squares taste so good but they have 10 grams of sugar per serving! Not to mention both of those are “red light” foods in my house.
The Ezekiel Golden Flax is an almost perfect cereal for me, but I hate to pay $5+ for a box.
Do you have any cereal recommendations? I’m on the hunt for a low sugar, moderate protein & fiber, vegan cereal that isn’t too expensive. Anyone up for the challenge?