After the previous post, you may be wondering what I have for breakfast when I’m not in a hurry? I am fond of a cooked breakfast or a nice piece of Vegemite toast, but there are times when cereal is the only thing that seems to hit the spot. And not just for breakfast! I’ll head for the cereal at any time of day that I feel like something crunchy, nutty and sweet (and it’s much better than heading for a chocolate bar or other junk food).
I’ve tried products in Be Natural nut bars before and found them pretty satisfying, so on my last shopping trip I decided to grab a box from their cereal range. The cereal I tried was the ‘Cashew, Almond, Hazelnut and Coconut’, and overall I was very impressed. The combination of flavours is very appealing, and no individual flavour overwhelm the others. The clusters of linseed, pepita and amaranth are almost as frequent as the flakes, and stayed very crunchy even though they were sitting in the milk for longer than they normally would while I took the photos. I like my photos to look good, but I don’t manipulate the product very much — so there was no poking or prodding, there really were that many crunchy bits straight out of the packet.
Nutritionally it’s about average for today’s cereals (the healthier ones at least) with 3.5g saturated fat and 13.5g of sugar — I’m sure there are plenty of cereals out there that are lower in those statistics, but I’m not sure they’d be as satisfying as this cereal. With its sweetness and crunch, it feels far more decadent than you would think looking at the nutritional panel. I also appreciated the nice packaging design, so at least there is something interesting to stare at if you get the ‘breakfast stares’ like many people I know. The packaging not only looks good, but it’s made from recycled materials — and they’ve also partnered with Landcare Australia to support their projects in Australia.
I would definitely suggest giving this a go — it’s comparable to products like Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Clusters, but lower in sugar, sodium and higher in fibre (it is a little higher in saturated fats, but that’s probably due to a higher nut and seed content — the Kellogg’s product is 6% peanuts but the content of this cereal is 11% nuts and 4% seeds).