I have been trying to feed my family better foods, meaning those that are more wholesome, less processed and nutritionally better for you. It’s not been easy. It’s hard to wean yourself, let alone teenagers, off of foods they have grown accustomed to. I am finding it very difficult. It’s hard not to reach for ready made, easy to prepare meals instead of making things from scratch and/or with more natural ingredients.
I have been trying to get my kids to eat breads that are made with whole grains instead of white bread. I have found a few that they will eat (although they have to add peanut butter Nutella on it before they will eat it). I’m still on the look out for a whole grain bread they will eat and enjoy.
Cereal is another product that I’m finding it hard to switch over. I don’t mind if my family wants to indulge in some cereals that are more like a bowl full of candy then a healthy breakfast. It’s only human to crave those kinds of things. I just want my family to swap out their regular cereal to a better-for-you cereal at least 2-3 times per week if possible.
Have you seen the new Post Great Grains Protein Blend cereals on the store shelves? Have you had the opportunity to try them out for yourself?
Post sent me a couple of boxes of their Great Grains Protein Blends cereals to try out for myself with my family. They also sent along small jars of the very same grains used in the cereals.
Many cereals you find on the market that are made with grains ARE made with grains. However most of the times the grains have been heavily processed which takes away from their nutritional value. Post Great Grains Protein Blend cereals are made with grains that have very minimal processing, making them better for your (nutritionally speaking).
For example, a serving of Great Grains Honey, Oats & Seeds;
- 35g of whole grain per serving
- 24% of your Daily Value for fiber (6g of fiber per serving)
- Low in saturated fat, 0g trans fat and 0mg cholesterol per serving
- 13 vitamins and minerals
Their Great Grains Cranberry Almond Crunch is also another great choice;
- 30g of whole grain per serving
- 20% of your Daily Value for fiber (5g of fiber per serving)
- 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat and 0mg cholesterol per serving
- 14 vitamins and minerals
- Excellent source of antioxidant vitamins C and E
Both my husband and my kids were reluctant to try the cereals. My husband referred to it as “rabbit food”. That is because you can clearly see the whole grains and seeds in the cereal.
It took a few tries but my son and daughter will eat the cereal with no problem. My husband is still fighting me on it. Usually it’s kids who are picky eaters. In my household it’s my hubby. He’s the pickiest of them all.
Some people might thing that eating a cereal made with whole grains, seeds and nuts might not taste all that wonderful. I can certainly relate to that thought. I have found that many “better for you” cereals taste like you are eating cardboard. They are not usually very tasty. Post Great Grains Protein Blends ARE very tasty and flavorful.
I have tried both the Honey, Oats & Seeds and Cinnamon Hazelnut blend.
I should note that I never put milk in my cereal. I eat all my cereals dry. I know that grosses some people out but I prefer it that way. I also use cereals as toppings on cereal and yogurt. I do like to add fresh fruit to my cereals, especially blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and most especially bananas.
Both cereals were very flavorful and satisfying. I found them both to be very filling too. No doubt that has a lot to do with the fiber. Fiber, as you know, is filling. It’s also needed to help keep your “system” regular.
I did try both cereals on top of vanilla ice cream and yogurt (plain and fruit flavored) as well.
I should have taken a photo of the cereal in a bowl. I honestly thought I had but when I went through my photos I couldn’t find any.
The cereal tastes fresh and you can tell its not weighed down with added sugars.
This is not just a breakfast cereal. This would be great to pack along in your lunch bag and enjoy in the late afternoon when you are feeling a big hungry and sluggish and need a pick-me-up. It’s a better option than coffee, soda or the junk you find in the vending machine. This is also a great option for a late night snack.
Look for these and other Post Great Grains Protein cereals on a store shelf near you. Other flavors include;
- Great Grains Cranberry Almond Crunch
- Great Grains Crunchy Pecans
- Great Grains Raisin, Dates and Pecans
- Great Grains Banana Crunch
*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.