11 Healthy Cereals That Taste Great, Too

One of our favorite things to taste every new year is cereal. It seems manufacturers roll out some of their most creative cereals in January. This week, they did not disappoint. We found a couple that were high on the weird spectrum and a couple that would work with our new diet goals. Judges were very clear on their preferences.

Frosted Chocolate Strawberry Shredded Wheat

Serving size: 19 biscuits

Calories: 200

Fat/fiber: 2.5g / 6g

Sugar/sodium: 15g / 45mg

Carbs/protein: 44g / 5g

Judges’ comments: It’s not clear whether our judges disapproved of these because the package promised more chocolate than they tasted or because they didn’t like the idea of chocolate-covered cereal bits in the first place. Either way, none of them would buy the brand. “These are large, unappetizing brown rectangles covered in pink sugar frosting,” said one panelist. “There’s an emphasis on artificial flavoring and absolutely no chocolate taste whatsoever.” Another said, “The ‘dark’ chocolate is almost black and the pink frosting is unevenly distributed. The box promises a ‘burst of chocolate goodness’ in the middle but I didn’t notice any burst or middle.” One taster said she was drawn to the cereal as a possible movie night snack from the advertising on the box. But, after sampling the biscuits, she said she will stick to popcorn.

Would they buy? None of the four judges said yes.

Shopping information: $2.69 for a 10.5-ounce box from Publix.

Oat Crunch Cinnamon Cheerios

Serving size: 1 cup

Calories: 200

Fat/fiber: 4.5g / 4g

Sugar/sodium: 14g / 220mg

Carbs/protein: 40g / 3g

Judges’ comments: These Cheerios had an appetizing cinnamon glaze that gave judges a sweet treat on top of feeling like they were eating somewhat healthy. “These are a great breakfast or snack choice and I think they could be addictive,” said one panelist. Another said, “These are super tasty. The cinnamon flavor is nice and light and the whole thing has a wholesome feel.” She added, “It’s sweet but pleasantly so.” These Cheerios looked like the traditional oat cereal with a multigrain taste and texture and a soft cinnamon dusting. “They have a lovely crunch,” said one judge. “Where’s the milk?”

Would they buy? All four judges said yes.

Shopping information: $4.19 for a 15.2-ounce box from Winn-Dixie.

Strawberry Krispies

Serving size: 1 cup

Calories: 120

Fat/fiber: 0g / 0g

Sugar/sodium: 9g / 125mg

Carbs/protein: 28g / 2g

Judges’ comments: One panelist said these pinkish-red-colored rice Krispies “look like they should be crawling.” She added: “They have a hideous fake strawberry smell and they taste overly sweet with a nasty aftertaste.” Another said, “Kids will love this because they will think it’s candy.” A judge who said this cereal “might be a nice idea for strawberry season this spring” said she couldn’t handle the flavor. “The only acceptable use for these is in a strawberry Rice Krispies treat with a cream cheese frosting,” she said.

Would they buy? None of the four judges said yes.

Shopping information: $3.79 for an 11.5-ounce box from Winn-Dixie.

Oatmeal Crisp

Serving size: 1 cup

Calories: 240

Fat/fiber: 4g / 6g

Sugar/sodium: 14g / 125mg

Carbs/protein: 47g / 6g

Judges’ comments: Overall, judges said this flaky cereal with nuts and clusters of oats was a bit too sweet to be considered healthy. But, they liked the cereal nevertheless. “This has a nice ratio of almonds and oats to flakes and it’s got a nice taste of brown sugar,” said one panelist. A couple of judges craved more almonds in the cereal. One said it would be a great cereal to snack on but “I’m not sure about having it for breakfast because of the sugary taste.”

Would they buy? All four judges said yes.

Shopping information: $4.79 for a 17-ounce box from Publix.

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Kay Studer, personal chef; Elaine Cloud Goller, writer, director, performer and Realtor; and Michelle Stark, Times food editor.

Source : http://www.tampabay.com/cooking/taste-test-new-cereals-20190114/

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