Alisa Fleming ~ For July and August, Attune Foods enlisted three weight loss bloggers to lead the way in their Summer Breakfast Swap program. Jess, Kenlie and Mel are doing an eight-week vlog series where they swap their regular breakfast for Uncle Sam cereal, and share their successes, struggles and insights as they work toward their healthy weight loss goals. All three of the bloggers struggled with breakfast (as most Americans do), eating something loaded with sugar or skipping it altogether. So they enlisted Uncle Sam cereal every morning to get on a nutritious track.
To encourage more healthy breakfast swappers, I decided to review all of the Uncle Sam Cereal varieties (there are four in total! I had only tried the original before), and I will be giving away 3 free cereal coupons for Uncle Sam and Erewhon (most of the Erewhon cereals are certified gluten-free) to 3 lucky winners. See below for details.
But first, here are some helpful insights on Uncle Sam cereals:
Uncle Sam Original Cereal – This truly is a whole food cereal with just four ingredients! Whole wheat kernels are basically pressure cooked, flattened, and baked to a crisp. Whole flaxseeds, a touch of salt, and just a few drops of barley malt are added (each serving contains less than 1g of sugar). The result is a hearty cereal that offers 10 whopping grams of fiber per 3/4 cup. Since it isn’t a sweet cereal, my favorite way to enjoy Uncle Sam’s is with unsweetened almond, rice, or coconut milk beverage (to keep it mostly sugar-free!), diced bananas, and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.
This is easily my new favorite go-to cereal, and it works great in quick recipes! I whipped up these crispy and nutritious peanut butter treats in minutes …
Since transitioning from sugar cereals to unsweetened whole grain cereals can be a shock for some, Attune created three “gateway” cereals that are lightly sweetened and delicious:
Uncle Sam Multigrain Cereal – This is the next step from the Original, with oat flakes and a touch of sugar added (6g per serving). I loved that it was still just lightly sweet, but could stand on its own in “milk,” and had a nice contrast in grains. It looks very similar to the Original, but has a whole new element of taste. I really enjoyed it with unsweetened almond milk and fresh blueberries.
Uncle Sam Honey Almond – I love honey, and was pleased that this cereal had that wonderful kissed-with-honey taste. For those who prefer unrefined sweeteners, this one has just a bit of honey and evaporated cane juice (again, just 6g of sugar per serving). I enjoyed eating the Honey Almond cereal out of hand, as the smattering of almond slices gave it an almost trail mix vibe.
Uncle Sam Strawberry Cereal – Attune Foods is quite generous with the freeze-dried strawberries in this healthy breakfast cereal! Gently sweetened with evaporated cane juice, this one fits nicely into the mix with its fruity vibe. I preferred this one in milk alternative, rather than for snacking, since the strawberries rehydrate and come alive.
To note, all of the Uncle Sam Cereals are dairy-free, and in fact made in a dairy-free and peanut-free facility, which is why I’m proud to act as a spokesperson for them.
Giveaway: Now, for a chance to win free product coupons, head to the Go Dairy Free Facebook Page (you must be a fan to enter and to win), and let me know which Uncle Sam and/or Erewhon Cereals you would like to trial, or if you already have a favorite. Entries for this giveaway will close at noon on August 2, 2011, so enter now!
To learn more about the three Summer Breakfast Swap bloggers, and to watch their weekly vlogs, click on their icons below …
Article by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.