Category Archives: Cereal

Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs

heroKashi cereals were on sale this past weekend at incredible prices. I tweeted about it (@theskinnyplate),  hope some of you caught the deal. I made out like a bandit with 3 Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs, 1 Kashi Honey Sunshine Pillows and 1 Kashi U cereal. The 7 Grain Puffs have 0 sugar and is a blend of hard red winter wheat, long grain brown rice, oats, barley, triticale, rye, buckwheat, all which are whole grain and also sesame seeds. If no sugar is not really your taste, Kashi also has a Honey Puff as well — Kashi 7 Whole Grain Honey Puffs. These puffs reminds me of the Nature’s Path Kamut Puffs, mixed along with the company’s other “puff” cereal varieties. The Kashi puffs are not as big as the Nature’s Path puff cereals and have a couple different shapes and sizes to it. The cereal has a very toasty and nutty flavor to it that I absolutely adore. Since this is a mixed grain cereal, the flavor is more complex and not as uniform as just a single grain cereal such as the Nature’s Path Kamut puffs that I previously got. No sugar in it which is perfectly fine for me. I like to eat these plain as well as bulk up my other higher in calories and sweeter cereals. Makes the perfect summer breakfast when I add them  into my Greek yogurt with some frozen fruits. Who needs movie theater popcorn when your have Kashi 7 Grain Puffs? I like to eat this in a big bowl like popcorn on movie nights. Don’t need any salt and butter to cover up the blandness [in popcorn] when I can enjoy a big bowl of whole grains puffs that has such a nice nutty flavor to them.  The texture is similar to a rice cake with each “puff” separated and bagged. A one cup serving (19 grams), 1 WW, 70 calories, 0.5 gram of fat, zero cholesterol, zero sodium, 60 grams of potassium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 0 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Taste-wise, I prefer the Kashi Whole Grain puffs because it offers a more complex flavor, but I would not get these at retail price since the Arrowheadmills Puff cereals (6oz) runs for about $1.69, Nature’s Path Puff cereals (6 oz) $1.99, whereas the Kashi 7 Grain Puffs (7.5 oz) runs for a little under $3.00 at most stores regularly. Notice how Vons/Pavilions sells these for $3.49 regularly? Yeah, I never shop there unless I know the item is on sale because they retail their items for much higher than other grocery stores.

Kashi® 7 Whole Grain Puffs cereal is a pure blend of Seven Whole Grains and Sesame seeds. That’s it. The grains and seeds are steamed at nearly 1000°F for only 15 seconds so the grains retain more of their nutrients, fiber, and individual shapes. During this process the sesame seeds burst, imparting a unique flavor to the cereal. We think you’ll appreciate the distinctive taste and heartier texture of our puffs!

  • 19g Whole Grains*
  • Low Fat
  • 0g Sugar
  • 0mg Sodium

Treat your taste buds to the purest form of whole grains and sesame seeds. Nothing more added, nothing taken out.


Retail: $3.49 @ Vons/Pavilions
My Cost: $1.00 (super on sale)
Calories: 70 per cup
WW: 1

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Barbara’s Bakery Honey Rice Puffins

honeyricepuffinNot nearly as addicting as Barbara’s Bakery Peanut Butter Puffins. The size is smaller, but still in the pillow form. The color is pale rice milk color. Subtle rice flavor and the honey flavor is almost undetectable unless your palate is really fine tuned. Besides honey, the cereal is also sweetened with dehydrated cane juice. Overall, this is not an overly sweet cereal. Good snacking size. Taste great, but for the same price, I would opt for my all time favorite PB Puffins. 100% natural, wheat-free, gluten-free, low fat, no trans fat, no cholesterol, dairy free, no artificial colors or preservatives, and kosher. A celiac friendly cereal.  Great finger food for kids and adults alike. The Honey Rice variety is not available everywhere and may be a little hard to hunt down since the PB Puffins is the more popular variety.  A nice change for the usual corn-based cereal since Honey Rice puffins are made of rice flour. One 3/4 cup (30g) is 120 calories, 2 WW, 1.5 grams of fat, zero cholesterol, 125 milligram of potassium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Did I mention I hit the Puffins jackpot? You gotta see my receipt to believe it. Twitpic here. (Puffins on sale for $2.29 plus my stack of $1.00 coupons = $1.29 a box) I made out with 6 boxes (1 Honey Rice and 5 PB Puffins)

Retails: $4.29 @ Henry’s Marketplace
My Cost: $1.29 one sale plus $1 off coupon (see twitpic)
Calories: 120 per 3/4 cup (30g)
WW: 2

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[Me] & Goji Custom Artisanal Cereal

06-01-09_1530I apologize for this MUCH delayed review. I got to mix my own personal [Me] & Goji mix months ago and it arrived at my doorsteps in record time. Ever since it arrived I banished it away in far corner of my pantry, putting boxes and cans in front of it to get it out of my line of sight. Goji, it is not you, it’s me. My name is Stephanie and I am a cereal addict. There, I said it. I’m so good with portioning everything else out, but the cereal box, or in this case, the cereal capsule just has this spell over me. I keep on digging in it, one handful after another. Cereal is my kryptonite. I have no self control when it comes to cereal and with artisanal cereal like [Me] & Goji, I knew I would be trouble once I break it open. Low and behold, I ate 1/5 (aka 3 servings) of the canister mindlessly once I opened it. With the jumbo canisters containing 15 servings, I did some major caloric damage, but it was worth it because, yes, it was THAT good. I wish it was as easy as buying all your favorite cereal and mix ins and mix it yourself, but honestly, the ingredients that [Me] & Goji uses are so fresh and delicious I have no idea where I would purchase something comparable.

The Skinny Plate’s Ultimate Goji Mix contains: Artisanal Cereal (multigrain oat bran, rye, spelt, barley, amaranth, wheat germ), Shredded Wheat (bite size shredded wheat), multigrain o’s, ground cinnamon, choco goji, coconut, mulberry, goji, pineapple, mango, pistachio, walnuts, and chia seeds. I felt like I put everything and the kitchen sink in my mix, but I was no where near covering all the bases [Me] & Goji offers as ingredients for your customizable granola and cereal. With 7 bases, 19 grains/extras, 14 dried fruits ,and 14 nuts and seeds as add ins, the possibilities are endless. Best of all, they have some awesome ingredients that I have not seen anywhere else. [Me] & Goji gets props for having a lot of unique add ins. It was so fun playing with the site. Their website is so interactive and user friendly that even kids will have no trouble making their own mix. Follow three simple steps to create your very own personalized your own cereal or granola. Step one: pick a base. Step Two: add fruit, nuts, seeds & more. Step 3: they hand-mix & ship it to your doorstep. The personal signature from the actual “mixer” of my mix is a very nice touch. [Me] & Goji features a large running nutritional information chart and running cost on a capsule on the left that updates automatically, big cereal bowl where you add your selection by dragging and dropping, a compost bin for you to remove any unwanted selection, and cute leaflets on top of each ingredient that give you a description and possible benefits of your ingredient once you click on it. If you are like me, you can spend hours reading up on each ingredients and being all wishy washy on my selections. In the end, don’t forget to give your mix a kick ass name. Love your mix? Reordering is a snap since each recipe has a personal id.

Wahhh… is it just me or is this post getting REALLY long. I can’t help it. [Me] & Goji is so good I can’t stop talking about it. Now I want to describe to you my favorite ingredients. I would seriously consider ordering a whole capsule of just the Artisanal cereal. So FREAKING good! The flakes are fresh, crunchy, barely even sweet, with a really great nutty flavor and 6.5 grams of fiber per serving right off the bat.  I love how the cereal base are really low in sugar because they know that some of the add ins such as dried fruits and chocolate covered items already have a lot of sugar so that balances everything out. Sweet on sweet is not good. The non-sugared up shredded wheat and multigrain o’s really let the whole grain flavors shine through. The goji berries don’t really taste like much, but these are big and plump and not dried out like the one I normally get. The pistachio and walnuts seems to be raw and not roasted. All natural, fresh and delicious. The coconut comes in the form of huge flakes are are so full of flavor. The pineapple crystals are plump and delicious and the mango are perfectly chopped up into little pieces. Does not seem to have added sugar. Mango flavor is just bursting out when you chew on it. Chia seeds are just chia seeds, lots of benefits, but don’t taste like much.   I’ve never had mulberries before, but I thought they were meh.

Like most customizable granola and cereals, [Me] & Goji tends to be on the pricey side if you get carried away with tons of add ins. As far as comparing to online customized granola and cereals, the prices here are very competitive and reasonable. Don’t forget that [Me] & Goji comes is gigantic capsule. If you compare just the basic cereal, which are PHENOMENAL, goji is very competitive as well. This picture is self explanatory:

goji

My mix is 262.3 calories per 3/4 cup serving, 5 WW, 9.8 grams of fat (0.7 gram saturated), zero cholesterol, 136.8 milligram of potassium, 39.7 grams of carbohydrates, 9.4 grams of dietary fiber, 8.8 grams of sugar and 8.2 grams of protein. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Interested? Here is the id: 110139. Summer special makes shipping very reasonable. The first capsule is $4.99 and each additional capsule is $0.99. Round up your families, besties and co-workers to save a bundle on shipping.

Am I the only one raving about [Me] & Goji? Of course not. Food & Wine Magazine just named [Me] & Goji “Best Natural Cereal.” Congrats. You guys really deserve this title.

Retails: Varies @ [Me] & Goji
My Cost: Free
Calories: 262.3 calories per 3/4 cup (or varies)
WW: 5 (or varies)

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Kashi Cinnamn Harvest

KashiCinnamonKashi rarely lets me down. Kashi’s Cinnamon Harvest is comfort in a bowl. Mmmm….. very cinnamony and sweet here and there.  The sweetness is from organic evaporated cane juice and the cinnamon speckles are well blended in. Very simple ingredients: Organic whole wheat, organic evaporated cane juice, cinnamon and natural cinnamon flavor. One cup (54g) serving is 190 calories, 3 WW, 1 gram of fat, zero cholesterol, zero sodium, 170 milligram of potassium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar and 4 gram of protein. I find that these are subtly sweet, which I like, but glancing at the nutritional label, it still have 9 grams of sugar, which is not much different from the 10 grams per 1 cup serving of Kellog’s Frosted Mini-Wheats. A one cup serving has about 32 wheat biscuits (yup, I counted). Makes for a very filling breakfast. When you add milk (I usually don’t), the shredded biscuits soak up the milk and gets soggy pretty fast. I personally like to snack on these (pre-portioned of course) while sipping on water. Expands in my tummy and fills me up like no other cereal. Highlights of this cereal, besides being really delicious, are:

  • USDA certified Organic
  • 47 grams of whole grains
  • High fiber
  • Sodium Free

The bottom of the bag is usually filled with shredded wheat crumbs and I love to pour them over Greek yogurt along with fruits to make for another filling breakfast option. I am known to crush some “wheaties” just so I get more crumbs in the bag. Unlike the Kellog’s Frosted Mini-Wheats where each shredded wheat is coated with white powdery sugar which makes most of the “wheaties” uniformly tasting, the Kashi Cinnamon Harvest have sweet ones, bland ones, very cinnamony ones, and just right ones all blending in the box. Some people may complain that this is due to the fact of lack of quality control. When you eat it in a bowl with milk, it taste all the same, it is only if you snack it one by one that you notice the difference in each “wheatie”. I really don’t mind that each ones does not taste the same. In general, this cereal is delicious and very filling.

Retails: $3.69 @ Target
My Cost: $2.66 on sale
Calories: 190 per 1 cup (54g)
WW: 3

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Nature’s Path Organic Kamut Puffs

KamutPuffsAfter seeing Kiera’s post about Arrowhead Mill’s kamut puffs cereal, I ventured to Whole Foods to see if I could pick up some. Sadly, my Whole Foods did not carry the kamut puffis in the  Arrowhead Mills brand, but they did carry the wheat, corn, rice, and millet varieties. At first I thought they just ran out, but they did not even have a label on the shelf for them. I settled for the next best thing, Nature’s Path Organic Kamut Puffs. I don’t know what kamut is suppose to taste like, but these oversize grain puffs taste a lot like rice crackers broken into individual rice puffs. No sugar so there was no sweetness to it, but it did have a nutty, almost toasted flavor. I don’t usually eat my cereal with milk, but I did add some milk to it and the puffs held up well. Nice to enjoy a simple cereal without all the whistles and bells once in a while. They can also be use as a filler to bulk up some high calorie cereals or granola. As a cereal by itself, they are not very filling. One cup (16g) is only 50 calories, 0 WW, zero fat, zero cholesterol, zero sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, no sugar, and 2 grams of protein. My favorite way of eating this is just by the bowlful. It is a great low calorie something to munch on when the late night snack attack strikes. Great for movie nights. I really like minimal eco packs that these come in. No fancy smancy packaging that gets thrown out anyways. When you eat this cereal, you know that you are not eating any synthetic pesticides, synthetic herbicides, preservatives, additives, genetically engineered crap, irradiation, or sewage sludge on fields.

What is good about this cereal?
It’s a whole grain cereal. Whole grains use the bran, germ and endosperm of the entire grain, preserving vitamins, minerals, fiber and photochemicals — a nutritional package your body needs.

On a side note, I almost went back home “puff-less” because I could not find the kamut puffs anywhere in the cereal aisle, but I know they have to have it somewhere because I just saw a guy pushing a cart full of them while shopping. Luckily, he did leave 2 bags behind on the shelf, but it took me a while to find them. Nothing against stocking up in bulk, but Whole Foods is not the store to do it at (unless you are talking about their glorious bulk bins), has he ever heard of Amazon? Way cheaper if he is going to buy so many bags anyways.


Retails: $1.99 per 6 oz bag @ Whole Foods
My Cost: $1.99
Calories: 50 per cup
WW: 0

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EnviroKidz Organic Peanut Butter Panda Puffs

EnviroKidzThese EnviroKidz Organic Peanut Butter Panda puffs taste really similar to Babraba Peanut Butter Puffins, except it is a tad sweeter. Obviously aimed towards kids. Shape is round little balls like Kix. Equally as addicting as Puffins, but I still love the big puffy shapes of Puffins the best. These little balls are gluten free with real peanut butter coating. I like snacking on this cereal dry and adding them in my “yogurt mess.” Delish. One serving of 3/4 cup is 130 calories, 2 WW, 2.5 grams of fat (no saturated, no trans), zero cholesterol, 140 milligram of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 7 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein. Envirokidz also has a Leapin’ Lemur cereal that is a combination of coco/peanut butter corn balls mixed together. Not the most healthy cereal around, but they are too good to resist.

Made with love and…

Organic corn meal, organic evaporated cane juice, organic peanut butter (peanuts,
salt), organic canola oil, sea salt, Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E) added to preserve freshness.

Retails: $2.89 at Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $1.89 with coupon
Calories: 130 calories per 3/4 cup
WW: 2

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Zoe’s Foods Granola: Honey Almond, Cinnamon Raisin, Cranberries Currant

samplergranolas-2Hands down the BEST granola I’ve ever had!! Zoe’ Granola is lighter and crispier than other granola I’ve had in the past and they are so ADDICTING!! Why does granola has to so high in calories? I can polish off 1/2 a box easily if I munched on it in front of a movie. Thankfully, I have more self control than than and I measure out an appropriate serving each time. Even after eating what seems like a VERY small portion, I could feel that I am no longer eating them because I was hungry. I was eating them because it is soooo deliciously awesome!! One serving is 3/4 of a cup which amounts to 190 calories, 4 WW, 4.5 to 5 grams of fat, 7 to 8 grams of fiber, 11 to 13 grams of sugar, and 8 grams of protein. I love the high fiber and protein stats on these. These are also have ground flax seed in them  to boost your omega-3’s for the day. I personally have never seen these out at any grocery/health food stores I’ve visited, but that is not going to stop me from ordering these online. Yes, they are that good!! I was lucky enough to get to try out all three flavors Zoe’s Foods has to offer, Honey Almond, Cinnamon Raisin and Cranberries Currants. I loved all the flavors, but my favorite one has to be the Honey Almond. The almond flavor is infused into the entire box with added almond flakes here and there. The almond flavor is very natural and it reminds me of my grandma’s homemade almond milk desserts. Simply delicious.

Retails: About $3.33 a box online @ Zoe’s Foods
My Cost: Free
Calories: 190 calories per 3/4 cup
WW: 4

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