Monday, January 16, 2012

Cereals from Attune Foods - Review

A little while ago, Attune Foods sent me three cereals to taste and review. I was so excited to participate in a product review, and taste testing might just be one of my areas of expertise.

First off, I am all about ingredients; I need to know exactly what I'm putting in my body. Attune Foods is all about healthy, real ingredients. Their website says, "Simple, pure ingredients that help you feel your best every day." YES. Exactly what I'm looking for!

Actually, once I took the real food challenge from Lisa's amazing blog, I had to cut out all of my favorite cereals because they were so processed. I also make my own cereal, but you can't beat the convenience of a box of premade cereal. So I'm thrilled to say that Attune Foods has created some cereals with real food ingredients!

I think taste testing should be my full time job.
Uncle Sam Original Cereal

  • Whole wheat kernels
  • Whole flaxseed
  • Salt
  • Barley malt
Erewhon Cereal
  • Organic brown rice
  • Organic brown rice syrup
  • Sea salt
The third cereal, Uncle Sam Honey Almond, has more ingredients, but I would still say it's much more aligned with Michael Pollan's definition of real food than most cereals I've seen.

Erewhon is a gluten-free cereal that reminded me of another certain favorite kids' cereal that crackles and pops, except it's healthier and even more delicious! It even stays pretty crispy throughout the whole bowl. The flavor was surprisingly sweet but mild. I imagine this rice cereal would also be fantastic with some sliced bananas or strawberries.

Honestly, I expected the Uncle Sam Original to be bland and fiber-licious (read: not delicious at all). You know that type of cereal with a flavor similar to the box in which it was purchased? But this cereal wasn't at all cardboard-flavored; instead, it was a perfectly crunchy and surprisingly yummy. The especially loved it with Greek yogurt and berries, but it was also great with milk. 

My favorite of the three cereals was the Uncle Sam Honey Almond. The flavor was spot on, and it stayed crunchy all the way through. I most certainly helped myself to a second bowl within a few minutes. There are real sliced almonds in the cereal, which makes for excellent flavor and perfect texture. 

I highly recommend these cereals. They make a terrific breakfast, snack, or dessert. I even had the Uncle Sam Original sprinkled on my ice cream one night; it made for a great crunch! I found these cereals at my local Trader Joe's. They have other flavors and products*, including: 
  • Uncle Sam Multi-Grain Cereal
  • Uncle Sam Strawberry  Cereal
  • Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice with Mixed Berries Cereal
  • Erewhon Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice Cereal
  • Erewhon Rice Twice Cereal
  • Erewhon Corn Flakes Cereal
  • Erewhon Strawberry Crisp Cereal
  • Erewhon Raisin Bran Cereal
  • New Morning Organic Honey and Cinnamon Grahams
  • Skinner's Raisin Bran Cereal
  • attune Milk Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Probiotic Bars
Let me know what you think!

Special thanks to Attune Foods for the awesome cereals; I will be going back for more!

*Please note, I have only tasted the products listed at the beginning of the post.

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