Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal. These cereals are made from sprouted whole grains, including barley, lentils, millet, soybeans, spelt and wheat. According to the company, the fact that the grains are sprouted and combined makes for a product with excellent protein quality—a rarity among cereals. I tried both the Cinnamon Raisin and the Almond varieties. Although the manufacturer states that the cereal can be eaten cold or hot, I much preferred it heated in the microwave, after the addition of some milk. I found this cereal very filling and enjoyed the slightly sweeter Cinnamon Raisin greatly (for my taste, the Almond needs a little sweetening to perk it up). It’s available in two other flavors—Original and Golden Flax. Unfortunately, the website can be less than helpful; some links don’t work, and some bring up incorrect information. There’s no online ordering, but the products can be found elsewhere on the Internet.
Fiddler’s Green Farm. For this article, I tried only Izzie’s Irish Oats, one of a number of organic cereals available from this company (it’s named after the owner’s daughter, Isabelle). The hot cereal is made of steel-cut oats, millet and toasted almonds. It retains some texture from the grains and nuts, even after a lengthy cooking period (which can be shortened considerably by an overnight soak). It’s a nice combination of mild tastes. Online ordering.
GrandyOats Classic Granola. I tried the Classic Granola and Cranberry Chew Low-Fat Granola from a line of six different varieties, available packaged or in bulk. The Classic Granola is a genuine, old-fashioned granola with a little sweetness to it—plus a somewhat salty taste. Oats, nuts, coconut and seeds mean there’s a lot of different textures going on. I’m not sure if it would be my choice for breakfast, but it makes a great snack! The Cranberry Granola contains four different grains, big chunks of dried cranberry and bits of dried apple. It’s both sweet and tart, as well as distinctly chewy. Online ordering.
Granola Delights. There are three organic granolas from which to choose: Apple Raisin Walnut, Cinnamon Spice (technically called Cinnamon Spice All Delight) and Marvelous Maple. All are oat-based; none has the typical large granola clusters you find in many granola-type cereals. The Apple Raisin Walnut has very large chunks of walnut (though they seem relatively few in number), and the raisins and dried apple chunks contribute more of a chewiness than the other varieties, which I enjoy. The Cinnamon has a considerable strength of cinnamon flavor and contains nutmeg and raisins. The Marvelous Maple has a modest but appreciable maple flavor, and I like the addition of the sunflower seeds. Online ordering.
Health Valley. I tried Xtreme Fun Cherry Lemon Orange Blast’ems, Xtreme Fun Chocolate Blast’ems and Amaranth Flakes. The first two were O.K.; they might be better appreciated by a younger crowd. There was chocolate flavor to the Chocolate Blast’ems, but I found the fruit flavor in the Cherry Lemon Orange variety somewhat lacking. And I don’t appreciate one piece of “logic” on the back of the Cherry Lemon Orange box, in which kids are urged to decide what they’d rather have for breakfast: “3 cups of raw green spinach or a bowl of Health Valley Xtreme Fun Cereal,” because “they both are a Good Source of Iron.” That’s an absolutely meaningless and distorted comparison. The Amaranth Flakes are crisp and lightly sweet, and I found them a nice alternative to cereal flakes I usually eat, which are most often made from wheat or oats. (Read more about amaranth, the base agricultural crop of the Aztec Empire, in THE NIBBLE’s Beans & Grains Glossary.) Online ordering, but some products have a six-package minimum. The company is owned by The Hain Celestial Group.
Kashi Organic Promise Cereal. At present, Kashi offers three organic cereals, of which I tried two. Strawberry Fields is made up of crisp, somewhat sweet rice and wheat flakes; the mix would be rather bland were it not for the freeze-dried bits of strawberry and raspberry, which lend a nice sparkle of flavor. Autumn Wheat is a shredded wheat cereal with a light degree of sweetening. Online ordering has a three-pack minimum, but you can customize your selection. The company is owned by Kellogg’s.
Lundberg Family Farms Hot ’n Creamy Rice Cereal. This cereal is made solely from roasted organic brown rice, grown in California. It’s smooth-textured and quite bland by itself. Online ordering.
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