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FIBER ONE® PROTEIN CEREAL

I enjoy eating cereal for breakfast, especially on busy mornings. Cereal with extra protein? Well, that’s just an added bonus! I was excited to try the Fiber One Protein Cereal. I haven’t tried any Fiber One products before, so this was my first experience! And it was…lackluster.

I received two boxes of the cereal free through BzzAgent.com, Maple Brown Sugar and Cranberry Almond. These are labeled as “granola cereals,” so I was expecting something a little closer to the granola I make at home (oats, nuts, dried fruits) but they seem much more like crisped rice cereal with a few other bits mixed in. I tried the Cranberry Almond first. Not enough cranberries, not enough almonds. It had a strange artificial flavor and was way, way, WAY too sweet. Both these varieties have more sugar than many popular sugary kid’s cereals with marshmallows! The Maple Brown Sugar variety was a bit tastier, but even sweeter, as you might imagine.

The good news? Both cereals stayed very crispy in milk up until the end of the bowl! I also felt full all morning after eating the cereal.

I understand that it’s difficult to make a product tasty, good for you, and that holds up on the shelves, but I’d rather spend a little extra time making my own granola, or just having a bowl of oatmeal with some nuts sprinkled in than fill up on sugar and (practically nutritionally devoid) crisped rice. This one’s a no-go for me!

Disclaimer: I received these product for free for testing purposes through BzzAgent.com, but my opinions are my own!

Post Alpha-Bits Cereal

After joining this BzzCampaign, I received in the mail a free full-size box of Post Alpha-Bits cereal as well as some coupons. Super WHY! is my son’s favorite TV show, so he was thrilled to see Whyatt on the front of the cereal box. Then he realized there was food in the box, and forgot all about what was on it.

Cold cereal is a favorite snack in our house (and often one of two or three courses in my son’s breakfast – he can never have just one thing.) I tend to stay away from the super-sugary breakfast cereals (though I admit a weak spot for Cinnamon Toast Crunch) and usually purchase Cinnamon Life or Honey Nut Cheerios. I remember eating Alpha-Bits as a kid when my mom bought it on occasion, and I guess I sort of lumped it in with the sugary frosted cereal category in my head. I never really considered purchasing it for my family. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Alpha-Bits have less sugar than the cereals I usually buy, and a similar amount of whole grains.

And of course they are delicious! They stay crunchy in milk longer than the average cereal, and are not too sweet. Everyone in our house enjoyed them. My son is starting to learn to read and liked putting the letters together and asking me what they spelled. Some of them are a bit hard to recognize, although I suppose that’s to be expected when you’re making letters out of food.

Now here’s the problem – they don’t seem to be sold in any grocery store in my area, only at Target. I wonder why? I would probably buy them on occasion if they were found where I usually shop, but I don’ t find myself at Target very often, and when I do, I’m almost never purchasing food.