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Kashi Vive Toasted Graham & Vanilla Cereal Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Nov 3, 2009
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Kashi Vive CerealKashi Cereals are staples in my pantry because of their delicious taste as well as outstanding nutrition. My favorites include Kashi GoLean Crunch and Heart to Heart cereals, but as with anything else, I'm always open to trying new flavors. I discovered Kashi Vive Probiotic Digestive WellnessToasted Graham & Vanilla Cereal while browsing the cereal offerings on FreshDirect.com (a New York grocery delivery service), and was sufficiently intrigued enough to spend a whopping $4.39 on a (12 ounce) box!

Kashi describes this cereal as having, "crunchy graham twigs, touched with a hint of sweetness, lightly toasted flakes complete with our original Seven Whole Grains and Sesame, and vanilla dipped rice crisps, making the perfect combination of crisp and crunch." Along with this is a myriad of health claims. Eat it, and you will supposedly have greater Balance (from active probiotics and ginger), Purification (from fiber and natural broccoli extract), and Strength (from calcium and vitamin D).

I was interested to taste the cereal mostly because of the ginger and broccoli extract; as much as I like both of those foods, they don't necessarily go with breakfast food. And guess what?! It was pretty good - crunchy and not too sweet. The little vanilla-dipped rice crisps are fun and different, and the graham twigs and flakes add bulk without screaming "high fiber."

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 1.25 cups.
Calories: 170
Total Fat: 2.5 grams, 4%
Saturated Fat: 1 grams, 5%
Sodium: 100 mg, 4%
Protein: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 43 grams
Fiber: 12 grams, 46%
Sugar: 10 grams
Price: $5.19 (FreshDirect.com)
The nutrition facts are pretty good - high fiber, a moderate amount of protein and not a lot of sugars. There is also 20% of daily recommendations for Vitamin A, Vitamin D and calcium.

The flavor was good, but not as good as Kashi GoLean Crunch or Heart to Heart (for sweetness) - and for the price I paid for it, I should have been wowed. Given the high price though, I don't think I'll buy this too often. Still, it was an interesting new flavor to try, and I'm glad I did!

Rating
Taste: 4
Nutrition: 5
Price: 3
Overall: 4
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