I’m a breakfast eater. I never miss my morning meal. So when the team at Kellogg Company asked me if I wanted to sample their new Kellogg’s® Raisin Bran with Cranberries® cereal, I agreed to do a taste test. They sent a package my way. Inside was a box of the new cereal, a shiny red cereal bowl, a pedometer, and a small gift card.*
Raisins and Cranberries In One Cereal
I’ve been trying to be gluten-free, but since I don’t have celiac disease I gave in to my raisin and cranberry cravings. My mom used to pack individual-sized boxes of SunMaid raisins in my school lunch. As for cranberries, I enjoy these tart berries whether they are served fresh in Thanksgiving cranberry orange relish or dried as a garnish atop salads.
It had been a long while since I had eaten Kellogg’s® Raisin Bran® cereal. I rather remember the flakes being soggy in milk when I was a kid. Not anymore. These bran flakes with whole grain wheat were crisp after a few minutes soaking in almond milk. Plus, I like the extra kick of sweet and tart flavors.
Is it nutritious as well as a delicious? I asked my BFF L, who is a registered dietitian, for her opinion: “Overall, it’s a good choice for breakfast. It tastes great. The flakes are light with a crunchy texture. The cranberries are tender – I like them in the cereal. It’s a larger portion (1-1/4 cups per serving) than most cereals. It contains antioxidants and potassium and is an excellent source of fiber. However, those who are diabetic and watching their carbs should be aware that this cereal does contain added sugar.”
Now that my BFF L had given the cereal her stamp of approval, I asked my boyfriend L (BFL) to try some. “I haven’t had Kellogg’s® Raisin Bran® cereal in a really long time,” he said as he munched on the flakes. “It’s really good. The cranberries add a nice texture. I like it.”
Verdict complete! Kellogg’s® Raisin Bran with Cranberries® cereal gets a thumbs up.
Kellogg’s Special K® Cereal Now Available Gluten Free
When I heard that Kellogg’s® Special K® cereal was available in a gluten-free variety I was eager to try it. I asked the nice PR guy at Kellogg Company to send along a sample.
My boyfriend L wasn’t up for another taste test. He had eaten enough cereal. So I asked my BFF L to join me for this review.
I filled the shiny red bowl with a cup of Kellogg’s® Special K® Cereal Gluten Free Touch of Brown Sugar and some almond milk. For a gluten-free cereal option, it was not too sweet and really tasty with crunchy flakes. I’ll definitely add this cereal to my FODMAP diet.
What about my BFF L? Did she like it? “Special K® gives you a lot more vitamins and minerals. It’s supplemented with extra Vitamin C and iron. It’s certainly nutritious and unlike other gluten-free cereals, it does have fiber,” she said.
There you have it — another winner.
Healthful Breakfast Advice
Being the breakfast lover that I am, I wanted to know more about the first meal of the day. I asked my BFF L to provide some healthful advice when it comes to a.m. eating habits:
“It’s important to eat something in the morning. Don’t just take stimulants like caffeinated coffee with cream and teaspoons of sugar,” she said. “From an endocrine perspective, you’re just filling your stomach with liquid and the sugar suppresses hunger. Then eventually when you start to eat you’ll be out of control. It doesn’t set you up for success.”
I hope you are eating a nutritious breakfast during your life after 50. It’s important to start the day off balanced on both feet and with nutritious food in your stomach.
What’s your favorite breakfast food? Share a comment and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. You could win a sample of new Kellogg’s® Raisin Bran with Cranberries® cereal and a new cereal bowl — compliments of Kellogg Company.
Rise and shine. Happy spring!
*Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” Kellogg Company compensated me via a gift card payment and supplied me with cereal for the taste test and giveaway. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. My opinions on the products are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments toward Kellogg Company or their products.”