Cravin’ Cranberry Raisin?

Yesterday I was super stoked to receive a free sample of Bear Naked Banana Nut cereal in the mail (yes, I tasted it and it’s a banana overload of deliciousness). If you readers out there are anything like me you love getting presents in the mail and really love free stuff.

I thought I should share the wealth, so I went back to their Web site and noticed they still have one free sample remaining.

Bear Naked Cranberry Raisin Cereal

Bear Naked Cranberry Raisin Cereal

Click here to visit their site and receive your free sample of Bear Naked Cranberry Raisin cereal.

I’ve never tried it so I cannot speak on the deliciousness of the cereal, but if it’s anything like the Banana Nut, you’ll be a happy little clam.

A Closer Look at Our Favorite Childhood Cereals

My post this morning got me thinking about the cereals I used to eat as a kid and the actual nutritional content in these bowls of cereal saturated with marshmallows, fake berries and other sugary delights.

Marshmallows from Lucky Charms

Marshmallows from Lucky Charms

I found an interesting article on WebMD.com that ranked these cereal favorites based on their sugar, fiber and sodium content.

Here’s their breakdown, from best to worst:

Best

  • Cheerios (General Mills), 1 gram of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 190 milligrams of sodium
  • Kix (General Mills), 3 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 210 milligrams of sodium
  • Life (Quaker Oats), 6 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 160 milligrams of sodium
  • Honey Nut Cheerios (General Mills), 9 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 190 milligrams of sodium
Cheerios

Cheerios

Middle of the Road

  • General Mills: Cookie Crisp, Golden Grahams Honey Graham, Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Trix, Reese’s Puffs
  • Kellogg: Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size, Frosted Flakes Gold, Frosted Flakes, Cocoa Krispies, and Frosted Flakes Reduced Sugar
  • Post: Fruity Pebbles, Honey-Comb, Cocoa Pebbles
Golden Grahams

Golden Grahams

Worst

  • Cap’n Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch (Quaker Oats), 9 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, and 200 milligrams of sodium in a 3/4 cup serving
  • Cap’n Crunch (Quaker Oats), with 12 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, and 200 milligrams of sodium in a 3/4 cup serving
  • Apple Jacks (Kellogg), 12 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 135 milligrams of sodium in a 1 cup serving
  • Froot Loops (Kellogg), 12 grams of sugar, less than 1 gram of fiber, and 135 milligrams of sodium in a 1 cup serving
  • Corn Pops (Kellogg), 12 grams of sugar, no fiber, and 110 milligrams of sodium in a 1 cup serving
  • Top Two Worst Cereals: Honey Smacks (15g sugar/serving) and Golden Crisps (14g sugar/serving) –> both have more sugar than a glazed doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts!
Honey Smacks

Honey Smacks

I am proud to say my top two favorite childhood cereals made it into the “worst” category. Thatta girl! 😉

I still stand by my personal fav:

Happiness in a Bowl

Happiness in a Bowl

I’d also like to take this opportunity to share with you my other favorite breakfast as a child:

Toaster Strudel

Toaster Strudel

I was one healthy lil’ lady! 🙂

Ah, the good ol’ days…

How did your favorite childhood cereal stack up???

Honey Nut Breakfast

Who knew such teeny-tiny little o’s could pack such a flavor punch? My morning breakfast centered around the delectable whole grain o’s in Honey Nut Cheerios cereal.

Greek Yogurt, Honey Nut Cheerios, Soy Nuts

Greek Yogurt, Honey Nut Cheerios, Soy Nuts

I added a nice helping of the honey nut goodness to my Greek yogurt and sprinkled soy nuts on top of the mixture for that added crunch I adore.

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Cereal’s like Cheerios take me back to my childhood and the delicious sugary cereal I used to eat all the time!

My top five favorite childhood cereals:

1. Corn Pops

2. Fruit Loops

3. Honey Comb

4. Lucky Charms

5. Golden Grahams

Today I usually eat my cereal hot – in the form of oatmeal, which I also adore, though nothing will make me smile like a huge bowl of Corn Pops.

Today’s breakfast was admittedly lacking the sugar of the breakfasts of my past, but it was nonetheless super tasty! To complete my meal, I added a cup of hot Yogi Tahitian vanilla hazelnut tea.

Yogi Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut Tea

Yogi Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut Tea

My breakfast

My breakfast

Stirring the cereal and soy nuts into my Greek yogurt really added a lot of volume which is great because I love digging into a big o’ bowl of yogurt for breakfast.

My tummy is happy! 🙂

Question for you… what was your favorite childhood cereal?

Kashi! For Me? For Free?

Yep! As I was perusing Kashi’s Web site today, I stumbled upon a yummy-lookin’ free sample. Visit this link and select your choice of three Kashi cereals to receive in the mail.

Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal

Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal

I love the Go Lean Crunch, but decided to expand my Kashi-loving horizons and opted for the Honey Sunshine cereal. I can’t wait to get my sample. Packages in the mail are the best. It’s like Christmas!