This is not a paid review, rather one I decided to do…. just because I felt like it!
I’m not a big cereal eater. In fact, other than a brief flirtation with Weet-Bix, coffee sugar and hot milk while at University, and Coco Pops sprinkled with Milo when I was a youngster; I’ve managed to avoid the stuff for most of my life.
Since my coeliac diagnosis in 2005/2006, cereal has become even more problematic. I realise I’m fortunate that I wasn’t diagnosed 20, even 10 years ago given the choices available at the time… indeed I’m appreciative of the attention that gluten gets (in a ‘gluten is evil like Darth Vader’ kind of way) nowadays because the variety of options available is constantly growing. (There are negatives to that attention, but more on that another time!)
After my diagnosis I bought GF cornflakes on occasion (to eat with yoghurt) to vary my breakfast menu, although quite frankly, the cornflakes just aren’t filling and I’m hungry almost as soon as I’ve finished downing them.
I’ve been keen to find a breakfast alternative as I tend to eat the SAME THING EVERY DAY, which I don’t actually mind (given my ritualistic nature!); but recognise that I should be having a bit more variety in my diet. Over recent years and months, I’ve noticed more and more GF cereals appearing on the market (including faux Coco Pops and the like). However, while Coco Pops and equally unhealthy options appeal to me, I occasionally remind myself I am a grown-up and so need to put some decent stuff in my body from time to time!
So, on Saturday, having been forced into grocery shopping by my visiting mother (resulting in more than a 5 minute dash into a supermarket) I pondered over the health foods / GF range. The supermarket near me (a Coles, for my Aussie readers) has a great supply.
As there’s oft been debate about oats (GF vs not GF) muesli hasn’t ever really been on the agenda for me. Plus, I don’t like dried fruit IN things. I know, I know… yet another weird nuance making me the strange and eccentric little being I am… While I can eat sultanas by themselves, I cannot eat them in things (cakes, biscuits, cereal etc).
So, in the absence of oats and fruit, muesli just hasn’t been a possibility. Until now.
Although it’s not called muesli, it kinda looks like muesli – which makes me think it’s healthier for a start. Food for Health’s Fruit Free Clusters (with Chia) look like little clusters (funnily enough!) of grains and nuts and things. Although ‘health food’ (in general) usually scares me off, the clusters visible through the box looked quite edible and I decided I’d give it a try, despite the fairly hefty price tag (at $9 for a 475g box).
As I’m generally pretty grumpy on Monday mornings anyway, I figured a tasteless cereal couldn’t possibly make things worse. So I pulled out the cereal and mixed it with some of my favourite Greek Yoghurt. (I LOVE this yoghurt although I don’t eat it often and in this instance I’d only bought it to make the cereal more edible. )
But, I could not have been more surprised![blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/Schmiet/status/201784766972960768″]
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The clusters AREN’T the lowest kilojoule option on the planet at 1801 kj/100g (18g fat, 54.8g carbohydrates, including 18.2 sugar), but they’re made out of lots of good stuff I’d not otherwise eat. Listed ingredients include: buckwheat, puffed rice, sunflower seeds, organic raw sugar, rice bran syrup, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, puffed mullet, psyllium husks, chia seed, flaxseed and canola oil. The texture is great with the yoghurt and the cereal’s chewy and crunchy at the same time. It’s sweet but not too much so and would be fine just with milk.
I noticed from its website, the company features a range of products, including muesli bars and the like.
I’m hugely excited about my new discovery, although given the calories (fat and carb count) and cost I probably won’t have the cereal EVERYDAY, but perhaps I’ll have it on alternate days to inject a bit of goodness into my body.
Am I the only one who gets a thrill out of liking something that’s vaguely healthy?
In other news, the goodies have arrived for my blog competition which will kick off in a couple of days. A sneak preview of the prizes is available on my Facebook page!