Product: Nature’s Path Gluten-Free Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla Cereal – $4.29+
Cereal. It’s the most basic breakfast item out there. It’s also an easy go-to lunch, dinner, or midnight snack. Trust me…I have eaten it for every meal occasion out there. But…mostly for breakfast. Especially on race mornings or gym mornings. Why? Because it’s simple, easy, and not something that requires a lot of preparation or clean up.
I love the simplicity of a bowl of cereal. But cereal can either be good…or not so good. And sometimes…it can just be bad.
A couple days ago, I opened up a box of cereal I had never tried before. But I found it at my grocery store and decided to give it a go. After all, sometimes you need a different flavor, texture, brand, or just…something different to brighten up your mornings. So, instead of getting one of my Envirokidz cereals, I opted for Nature’s Path Gluten-Free Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla Cereal.
I would put this one in the second category. The Not So Good.
It’s not that this cereal is at all bad. In fact, nutritionally speaking, this is one of the better ones out there. Especially for the gluten-free crowd. Let’s take a look, shall we?
A serving of Nature’s Path Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla cereal is 2/3 cup. This serving will only set you back 110 calories (without milk…I use a splash of unsweetened almond milk, so I probably total 120 calories with mine). Not bad for a breakfast cereal. A serving only has 1 gram of fat, 6 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein. The Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla cereal also contains 12 grams of whole grains.
This cereal is chock-full of a variety of crunchy textures from flakes to puffs to crispies. So, at least it keeps the palate interested. But…stop right there. For me…depsite being lower in sugars for a breakfast cereal…I found this one WAY too sweet. Oh…wow…is it ever sweet!
Thank goodness I use unsweetened almond milk to top off my cereal because without it…this might be an big fail. It’s tolerable, flavor-wise…save for that vanilla sweetness that stings your taste buds and keeps on going from there. It just tastes off to me. Perhaps I’m used to milder flavors in the morning. This one definitely sucker-punches your taste buds with an abundance of vanilla flavor. It’s way too much for my liking and tends to take away from the otherwise pleasing textures of the cereal itself.
Oh, I was so disappointed with this one. As it isn’t offensive, I’m still eating it. Going to use it up and move on…never to purchase this one again. I think, in my mind, I was hoping it would be a lot like the Kay’s Naturals Gluten-Free cereal I tried last year. But this one was nowhere near that caliber of deliciousness. Like…completely went in the opposite direction.
While we all crave something sweet some mornings, this is just too much all at once. Thank you, Nature’s Path, for changing up the offerings for the gluten-free crowd…but this one just doesn’t suit me at all. Maybe take that vanilla sweetness down a notch. Then we’ll talk. Until then…back to Envirokidz.