My husband goes in waves with breakfast. For months he will want oatmeal every morning, then it will be smoothies, then it will be hearty muffins, then granola, and ever so often he gets hooked on a standard cold cereal. One that seems to make repeat appearances is frosted shredded wheat, whether name brand or generic. Though most have ingredients that look fairly benign, I still felt that there must be a better option.
One day, upon spotting a great deal on Kashi cereals, I located what seemed to be a good solution, Cinnamon Harvest cereal. It appeared on the box just like my husband’s shredded wheat, but with the sugar interspersed in each bite rather than placed on top as a thin frosting. The overall sugar levels were lower, the wheat looked boisterous, the ingredient list was brief and highly legible, I was sold.
I was pleasantly surprised by the look of this cereal. Each piece was generously sized, thick and tall rather than the flat, processed looking wafers that so many generic brands pass off as shredded wheat. The taste was naturally sweet, like a cross between plain shredded wheat and frosted. It tasted like … real food. The cinnamon was light yet noticeable, almost reminiscent of cinnamon toast. For myself, the cereal was a bit too sweet with rice milk, so I switched to unsweetened almond milk.
I was sure that this cereal would be the winner. But alas, though my husband liked it, and polished off the box without a problem, he still preferred the less wholesome brands for both taste and price. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. But for those of you who prefer the heartier side of the equation, I recommend giving this cereal a whirl.
Ingredients: Organic Whole Wheat, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cinnamon, Natural Cinnamon Flavor.
Kosher Certification: OU
Where to Purchase: I seem to see Kashi Cereals everywhere, from natural food stores, to mega grocers, to my local drugstore … just keep your eyes peeled.