Walking down the cereal aisle is a must whenever I enter a grocery store, even if I am just running in for one thing. Call me a cereal-holic, but nothing gives me greater pleasure (when I'm in the store), than spotting a new variety. I've been known to slightly nudge people out of the way so I can get a closer look. When I see impressive nutritional stats, I know it's coming home with me, and that's how I ended up with Cascadian Farm Organic Flax Right Pomegranate Raspberry Clusters.
I was totally excited to pour myself a bowl splashed with some Silk Soymilk with Fiber, but when I scooped up a mouthful, I felt the beginning of some major disappointment coming my way. The clusters (composed primarily of pomegranate-raspberry juice, flax and oats) are about the size of a pea, which means they don't offer much flavor when masked by the larger Multigrain squares. The ratio of "clusters" to squares is about 1:3, which explains why the slight sweetness of the clusters is almost nonexistent. In fact, I don't taste much of a difference from a simple bowl of Cascadian Farm Multigrain Squares (which I really like). Furthermore, by the time I reached the end of my bowl, I had about 1/3 cup of cereal left, with no pea-sized clusters in site (I guess my ratio was a bit off but what's important it that I need more clusters)!
Each 1 cup serving of Cascadian Farm Organic Flax Right Pomegranate Raspberry Clusters Cereal provides 210 calories (pretty respectable for a dense cereal with granola-like clusters), 16% of the daily value for fiber, 8 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein, plus 25% of the DV for iron. The ingredient list is short and to the point, containing flax seeds, which provide 10% of the RDA for ALA-Omega 3, but there is no dried fruit, just dried pomegranate (and cranberry) juice concentrate.
I paid $2.99 for Cascadian Farm Organic Flax Right Pomegranate Raspberry Clusters at Kroger; and while I enjoyed the bowl, it was nothing like what I was expecting it to be and I didn't detect much of any pomegranate or raspberry flavor (unless I ate one single cluster straight from the box). I would buy this cereal again (on sale), now that I know what I am getting myself into, but I think the name needs to be changed though because it is deceiving.