Cereal is seriously one of my favorite things to talk about! I wasn’t introduced to cereal until I was 15 years old since I grew up in Brazil and we had no such delicious breakfast alternative to pour in a bowl with milk in the mornings.
Nowadays I have a love-hate relationship with cereal. Although I think it’s absolutely delicious, promotes extra milk intake, can pack a ton of nutrients and fiber it does not mean a complete breakfast. The weak attempt of most cereal boxes to “illustrate” a fruit next to or chopped in your bowl of cereal is hardly ever practiced at home by most families. I read recently that the cereal industry has been shaken due to constant demands for change in formulations. Parents are demanding less sugar varieties and whole grains (so glad by the way!). This combined with rushed family routines (no longer having time to sit down for a meal – even a bowl of cereal!) has led to the explosion in the granola bar and breakfast bar industry. But cereal can be a part of a balanced diet and we need to take time to sit and eat even though we’re so busy. I’m here today to bring attention why we, as Registered Dietitians, like Snackimals Cereals by Barbara’s Bakery and why the Kid Kritics Approved them in blind taste tests!
Their package design is simply adorable! The cute monkey, panda and elephant are just as cute in the cereal pieces as they are pictured on the box. And how fun that they are running a promo right now that you can actually name the cute blue monkey on their box (click here to enter! You win a free app and enter to win a whole year of Snackimals stuff!).
Of course what’s inside the box is really what matters. The nutrition value is right on target for what I look for in a cereal, lower sugar than many kids cereals, with only 7g per serving! Good amount of fiber, calcium and protein as well. And thanks Barbara’s Bakery for making these from organic, non-GMO ingredients and whole grains! We so appreciate your dedication to transparency, honesty and only using the best quality ingredients.
Snackimals cereals come in two flavors: Cinnamon Crunch and Vanilla Blast. They are both Kid Kritics Approved. In my house the cinnamon is a favorite. They are crunchy and safe sized pieces that you can pack as snack as well. I’m not a big fan of soggy type cereals, the ones you pour on the bowl and before you even grab the spoon (or answer to one or two kid emergencies) the cereal is already a bowl of mush. Snackimals is not one of those! It holds up well in milk (any kind too! We use almond, rice and cow’s milk) so you can enjoy it at your own pace and still get the same crunch until the very last bite.
Snackimals cereals are flavored perfectly with just enough taste to stand on their own, but not overpowering so you can pair them up with blueberries, strawberries or even banana and still taste all the flavors in your bowl. If you are lucky enough to have any extra cereal in the box you can incorporate it into a number of creative recipes (ok, you may just have to buy another box! But it’s so worth it). I like the idea of using cereals instead of cookies for recipes like pie crusts, parfaits, crumb toppings for desert or even breading for chicken. The difference is you are using a lower sugar ingredient (when compared to most cookies) and adding the nutrition that cereals pack (usually higher calcium, fiber and vitamins).
Lastly, if you are thinking this will be a great cereal for your kids to try you are right. But don’t be surprised if the parents finish the box before the kids even get a taste, that’s what happened at my house. My husband (yes, the guy that grew up on sugar laced frosted corn flakes!) is a big fan of Snackimals Cereal too!
For the health of your family,
Carolina Jantac, MS, RD, LD
Disclosure: Once a product passes ingredient standards evaluation followed by a blind Kid Kritics taste test, a company can opt-in to the Kid Kritics marketing program. Though monetary compensation for marketing is involved, this does not affect the nutrition evaluation or taste test results. The taste tests were done by children at the YMCA/Boys and Girls Club and products only receive the Kid Kritcs Seal of Approval with 70% or more approval. The company donated samples of this product for the creation of recipes. I was compensated for my time. All opinions stated are my own.