I am a cereal lover from way back. Cereal is a meal I don’t just eat at breakfast – it’s quite often my dinner if I find myself at home alone and nearly every day around 3pm when I am finished teaching, I find myself snacking on some type of cereal to tide myself over to dinner. The problem with snacking on some cereals is that they are either too filling (granola, which I just can’t stop eating once I have started) or not filling enough, meaning I am hungry an hour later (or meaning I eat 2 bowls’ worth and then end up not hungry for my proper dinner). For this key snack in my day, I try to find cereals that are a little on the lighter side that I can pair with fruit and/ or yoghurt for a more substantial snack so I was delighted when the good folks at Barbara’s asked if I would like to review some of their new cereals.
I’ve been a fan of Puffins for a long while. Described as “wheat-free crunchy pillows of yummy corn, multigrains or honey-flavoured rice” this is a cereal I enjoy because it’s not too sweet. It also stays crunchy in milk which I much prefer over soggy cereal.
With just 5g of sugar per 3/4 cup serving, it’s just sweet enough – and with 5g fibre and 2g protein per serving, it does keep you feeling fuller than some similar cereals. I enjoy the original and the multigrain although I have not been able to get my hands on the elusive Peanut Butter flavour yet (I fear that might just be too good and I’d have that “can’t stop eating it” issue!). This is an excellent cereal to keep a stash of at work or even in a container in your purse for those times when you just need a little something to tide you over (they are wheat-free too if that’s something you need) and they are great finger food for kids too.
I also tried the new Snackimals cereal in Vanilla Blast and Cinnamon Crunch.
These are obviously targeted much more at kids (and feature characters and flavours from the Snackimals cookie line), so I was curious to try them to see how they suited my (admittedly sweet-tooth) palate!
Snackimals have 7g sugar per 3/4 cup serving with 2g protein and 3g fibre. I feel the extra sugar and less fibre are noticeable – I found them overly sweet and they didn’t fill me up. But I can see how they would appeal to kids (the cute shapes and, again, they are a great finger food) and they do contain less sugar per serving than a number of other sweet cereals (as long as the serving size is respected, as per any food). For me, as a breakfast cereal or a snack, they taste too much like a treat. They also went soggy really quickly in the milk 🙁
What I like to do with cereal, both at breakfast and as an afternoon snack, is to add some kind of fruit (1/2 a banana or a handful of berries) and some plain (not sweetened) yoghurt to make a parfait and for me, the Puffins are an outstanding addition to this dish!
I like that the Puffins are substantial enough to add a big crunch to an otherwise soft-textured dish and they are just sweet enough that even if you use unsweetened yoghurt, it doesn’t taste like a dessert. 1/2 cup yoghurt, 1/4 cup berries and 1/4 cup Puffins is the perfect mid-afternoon snack to get me through to dinner!
Disclosure: I received samples of Barbara’s cereals and grocery gift cards for the purpose of reviewing this product. I did not receive any further compensation for writing this post.