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Organic boxed cereal?

rworange Mar 26, 2007 11:55 AM

My teeth temporarily turned pink the last time I had a boxed cereal craving (strawberry something) so it has been a few years.

The craving struck and while being lured by Reese's puffs and repulsed by the ingrediant list, I got the bright idea of wandering over to the organic boxed cereals.

So any recs there? Anyone tried Peace passion mango flakes or Envirokidz peanut butter panda puffs?

Or does organic boxed cereal TASTE organic in the bad sense ... virtuous, healthy but like chewing cardboard flakes ... I mean the roughage might be good for you but ...

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    ExercisetoEat Apr 5, 2007 02:00 PM

    The Peace passion mango flakes are one of my favorites. I cringe every time I pay $4+ for a box at Wholefoods, but at least I don't have any kids that I have to share it with! (Although the way my SO eats a box only lasts about 3 days).

    Another favorite that's not quite organic but is so good that I ship it to myself or take the bag out of the box to pack in my suitcase (since we don't have a TJ's nearby) is Trader Joe's Brown Sugar Shredded Wheat Squares. The sugar content is surprisingly low, I think under 10g per serving, and of course you're getting decent share of fiber to boot. I eat them by the handful or with soy milk, yum...

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      jbd Apr 4, 2007 11:31 AM

      I'll second Mother's Peanut Butter Bumpers:

      ...especially with Silk vanilla light soy milk.


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      1. re: jbd
        amy_rc Apr 4, 2007 06:56 PM

        We've tried Envirokids Peanut Butter and Mother's Peanut Butter Bumpers and our verdict is Mother's. It tastes closest to Peanutbutter Crunch...not quite as sweet, but similar in texture and full of flavor. Mother's is more Peanut Buttery.

      2. Kajikit Apr 4, 2007 11:27 AM

        IMO the Kashi golean crunch may be organic but neither my husband nor I could eat more than a mouthful... too cardboardy for us.
        I love the Peace pecan cinnamon cereal - no cardboard there... I haven't tried any of their other flavours yet.

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        1. re: Kajikit
          kai27 Apr 4, 2007 11:32 AM

          Most of the Kashi cereals are very good. I have not had any luck with Barbara's-most taste like cardboard.

        2. rob133 Mar 27, 2007 05:34 PM

          I bought one of the Kashi variety ones a while ago. after one bite I decided that Iwasn't going to be able to stomach anymore, but my wife comment about the house smelling of baby poo put the final nail in the coffin.

          They were soft, mushy, flavourless....one spoonful eaten, the rest in the green bin

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            smartie Mar 27, 2007 07:54 PM

            Weetabix Organic, sold at Publix in Florida. Good cold or hot with brown sugar and mushed up.

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              ballulah Mar 28, 2007 07:08 AM

              I just got some Weetabix at an English store in Manhattan the other day, and had a big bowl this morning. I've been sweetening with either a little honey or a little maple syrup. My favorite!

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                niki rothman Mar 28, 2007 07:53 AM

                Please tell me about Weetabix. I'm kind of an Anglophile, but I've never tasted it. What are the ingredients and how does it taste?

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                  ballulah Mar 28, 2007 08:10 AM

                  It's packaged in little flat oval cake-like shapes, and it's a whole wheat cereal. It doesn't have the thread like consistency of shredded wheat, when you pour milk on the "cakes" it gets loose like oatmeal, except it's wheatmeal (ha). It has a fairly bland flavor, but not in a bad way. In England it's eaten with either warm or cold milk, with a little Golden Syrup on top, or a little melted or jam or both. When I was a kid I used to sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar over two cakes, and pour the milk to barely cover the Weetabix, that way the Weetabix would stay crunchy and sugar topped, but still a bit soggy from the milk.

                  Here's more info about the product... http://www.weetabix.co.uk/products/1/...

                  And these are the ingredients:
                  Wholegrain Wheat (105%)*, Malted Barley Extract, Sugar, Salt, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid. * Made with 105g of Whole Wheat per 100g

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                    Kajikit Apr 4, 2007 11:33 AM

                    I grew up on wheatbix! They're great if you don't mind eating something the texture of babyfood... I never did manage to get through a box though - I'd eat it for a week and then I'd be tired of the (non)texture and the rest of the box would sit in the cupboard until it got stale. I'll keep an eye out for them when I'm feeling nostalgic - I didn't know you could buy them in the US...

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                      ballulah Apr 4, 2007 11:47 AM

                      Hahaha...the baby food texture can be offputting. That's why I'm careful about pouring the milk gently and around the little wheat cakes and eating quickly. I like the soggy edges and crunchy middle with cold milk. When I fix a bowl of Weetabix my dog sits in front of me literally drooling, so I have to leave him a bit at the end. He ends up with the soggiest, most gruel-like stuff at the end.

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            amyvc Mar 26, 2007 03:59 PM

            All the peace cereals are good, as are the puffins in all flavors. Since it seems you have a peanut butter craving, Mother peanut butter bumpers are great! I also like most of the kashi cereals except the puffed rice one.

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              emi50 Mar 26, 2007 03:17 PM

              TJ's "Organic Joe's O's" -- My husband devours the stuff, and he really hates the usual "healthy" stuff. No HFCS or anything even close to it.

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                Humbucker Mar 26, 2007 03:54 PM

                Another great TJ's cereal is the Organic Raisin Bran Clusters. They are AWESOME. I have eaten dozens of boxes of this stuff. I eat it dry and it's super crunchy.

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                  xena Mar 26, 2007 04:03 PM

                  We have Kellog's organic Raisin Bran and Frosted Mini Wheats at home now and they are fine with me. One of the kids said it tasted "boring and off" to her but they're ok by me.
                  I'll have to try some of the others mentioned.

                  Oops. Sorry, meant to reply to all, not one poster.

              2. ballulah Mar 26, 2007 03:12 PM

                I like the Health Valley Organic Golden Flax Cereal. It packs some serious crunch, and the flakes are delicately sweet (organic cane juice, molasses sweeteners and grape juice sweeteners), plus it's rich in Omega 3s.

                1. chompchomp Mar 26, 2007 02:44 PM

                  I love all the Nature's Path cereals -- the muesli, the Optimum Slim, Optimum Zen (horrible name, right?)...all pretty delicious, and has taste! My disclaimer though is that I love cereals with lots of things going on -- like fruits, flakes, twigs... a party in my mouth! :)

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                    Flour Child Mar 26, 2007 02:50 PM

                    Cafe Fanny granola is like crack! I have to have it every morning with my yogurt. I pay $7.29 for a one pound box at Whole Foods in Valencia. It is so worth it!! ( I may need to check into rehab)

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                      Chowpatty Mar 26, 2007 03:11 PM

                      Yes, it's addictive, nearly as expensive as real drugs, and nearly as bad for you unless you eat in by the teaspoon, which is very difficult! (Check the fat and calories).
                      I like regular Go Lean, not the crunch, and Trader Joe's anti-oxidant granola with berries.

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                        MollyGee Mar 26, 2007 07:22 PM

                        The Cafe Fanny granola is really fabulous. I think it's cheaper at the Berkeley Bowl by a good buck or two, but even that is prohibitive for a tiny box (even when you're eating it by the teaspoonful). Better tasting and cheaper is to make your own. I use the Alton Brown recipe for a base and use different nuts and dried fruits. It's really easy to make and the coconut smell as it toasts in the oven is lovely.


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                          Sarah Mar 27, 2007 05:33 PM

                          If you love Cafe Fanny's, you'll go crazy over La Brea's granola -- OMG -- sold at Mollie Stone in Sausalito in their trademark striped bags in the bakery dept. It's kinda ear shattering when masticating, just a warning!

                        2. re: chompchomp
                          Quesera Mar 26, 2007 06:00 PM

                          Mesa Sunrise flakes are their best- and gluten free. I like a lot in my cereal too, so there's always 2-3 kinds and textures mixed, often with additional raisins, nuts, frozen blueberries, etc.

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                            piccola Mar 27, 2007 05:26 PM

                            I love the NP cereals. My fave is the Heritage O's, but you might wanna skip those if you don't like super crunchy cereal.

                            Weetabix has an organic line now, too. It tastes exactly the same and doesn't cost much more.

                        3. ipsedixit Mar 26, 2007 02:42 PM

                          Nature's Path granola and the cranberry ginger flakes are both very good.

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                            niki rothman Mar 26, 2007 01:14 PM

                            Hi rw,
                            I wish you'd check out Cafe' Fanny granola. Personally, I don't usually buy any cereal other than oatmeal, although I got a strange craving for Cream of Wheat lately, but that's another story. In any case, I would have bought some of this Cafe' Fanny granola because if Alice Waters is mass marketing a cold breakfast cereal it's probably worth trying. The reason I didn't try it was that it was more expensive than any cereal I've ever seen in my life! But there may have been some extenuating circumstances that might mean Cafe' Fanny granola would actually fit into my budget. But I haven't seen it in SF...not that I've been out searching for it. What happened was we were on our most recent trip down to Monterey and stopped for a snack at a smallish groceteria/superette type place that was the only food store in some tiny burg like Davenport. I only mention that because the isolation and monopoly status may have been part of the reason for the flabbergasting price of this precious cereal. I swear it was something like $15 for a very modest sized box! Anyway, more than I was willing to splurge for chowhounding research purposes, anyway. But, thanks for reminding me about it, I'd completely forgotten. Now, I can't wait to hear how it tastes from somebody who's tried it, and how much it actually costs under normal circumstances.

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                              mojoeater Mar 26, 2007 12:59 PM

                              I like Kashi GoLean Crunch. Add dried cranberries for a sweeter taste.

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                                natalie.warner Mar 26, 2007 01:10 PM

                                Kashi GoLean Crunch is great~ I even eat it as a treat. For me it is like candy and I almost feel guilty eating it for breakfast. Organic Pumpkin Granola with flax(it is eaither Nature Valley or Omega) is a craving of mine- it is sold in bulk at Costco, Trader Joe's, and Top Foods(Hageen). Another option is- Optima with Blueberries/Flax cereal- it has a variety of textures and ingredients- it also comes in a Banana/GreenTea/etc. flavor. Puffins will always be my fall back- I agree it is crunchy by oo-so-good. Try a variety and you will eventually find a favorite too*

                              2. chowser Mar 26, 2007 12:07 PM

                                Envirokids are good--not that cardboard box taste. Even the chocolate rice krispies taste good (passed muster w/ my nieces and nephew who never eat anything whole grain, organic or healthy). If you want a berry flavor w/out pink teeth, they have a berry one; I think it's Cheetah Chomps. Trader Joe's brands of cereal, like their vanilla almond clusters are good, too, kind of like Honey Bunches of Oats. I like Kashi cereals, too.

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                                  alex8alot Mar 26, 2007 12:49 PM

                                  Yes, the strawberry cheetah chomps (is that it?) are really good. Hard ot belive the flavor is natural. I add sugar though. Isn't that atrocious?

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                                    Emme Mar 26, 2007 07:05 PM

                                    I concur on Envirokids, esp the PB flavor. I find the TJ's clusters aren't sweet enough for my tongue, or at least sweet enough to absolve the cardboardy, tree taste, and I had to add some splenda... I prefer the Hi-Lo cereal from TJ's, but don't know if that brand is organic or not.

                                  2. jpschust Mar 26, 2007 12:05 PM

                                    OK I love the organic puffin peanut butter cereal, but I am going to say this and probably get a lot of flack for it- I don't believe there's such thing as truly organic cereal- there's just too much cross pollenation among gmo vs non gmo wheat to say that it's fully organicly sourced. The only nicer part about the organic stuff is they tend to not put as much other random artificial junk in it, but I don't think of it as truly organic

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                                      Lucia Mar 26, 2007 12:12 PM

                                      I was eating the cinnamon puffin cereal for a while, but now I'm an oatmeal girl.

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                                        chowser Mar 26, 2007 12:22 PM

                                        I like Puffins flavor but they're so crunchy that the noise hurts my ears to chew.

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                                          rose water Mar 26, 2007 02:32 PM

                                          A perfect description! I swear, they must be mixed with I don't even know what--wood? glue? That being said, I really like the taste, despite the surreal, never-ever-get-soggy texture.

                                          I went through our cabinets recently and was shocked by how ubiquitous HFCS was in our breakfast cereals. And we don't buy the stuff that turns your mouth crazy colors.

                                          NOT a fan of Kashi go lean crunch. Tastes like sweetened styrofoam to me.

                                        2. re: jpschust
                                          lizzy Mar 26, 2007 01:46 PM

                                          I also love Puffin's peanut butter. We like it so much, we can't bring ourselves to try another flavor.

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                                            rworange Mar 26, 2007 01:52 PM

                                            Yeah, I'm just going for ingrediants that I don't need a chemistry degree to understand and no HFCS. How organic it really is, isn't important to me.

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