I received a box of the limited edition Nature's Path Organic Love Crunch Cereal to review. The description on the front of the box read, dark chocolate chunks, raspberry, strawberry, coconut & flax granola. Now as tasty as that sounds, it also seems rather decadent and calorie laden, so I decided to scope out the nutrition facts first.
Each 55 gram (3/4 cup) serving of Nature's Path Organic Love Crunch Cereal provides 260 calories, 9 grams of total fat, 2 grams of which is saturated (14% and 10% of the daily value), 4 grams of fiber (16% of the DV), 10 grams of sugars and 5 grams of protein. Unfortunately, that calorie count is way higher than any cereal I would normally consume - give me some Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Multi Bran Cereal at 110 calories per serving, or Nature's Path Optimum Organic Strawberry & Yogurt Cereal at 170 calories for a 1 cup serving - and I'm good.
But, the taste is phenomenal. The cereal is crunchy (but not as hard as Kashi GoLean Crunch) and the chocolate chunks are plentiful, so they provide a nice change in texture as well as a pop of sweetness. I wish there had been more berry pieces, because they provide a little tartness, but they were few and far between.
Many people love to dive into a bowl of oats in the morning including me. This is not an every morning thing, but it is a nice addition to my array of breakfast options. Although I try out new varieties a lot, my main stay was Quaker Simple Harvest Apples and Cinnamon Oats Cereal. Alas, that has been discontinued, so I've been trying other brands, including Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Oatmeal.
If you are a toppings person, this is the oatmeal for you! On its own, it possesses an ever so slight sweetness in the midst of a fairly neutral flavor profile. However, I added some banana slices to mine, which complemented the subtle sweetness of the oats very well and enabled the natural sweetness of the banana to play its role instead of being overshadowed by a wide array of added sugars. If you truly like your oatmeal to be quite sweet, this still might be right up your alley because you can choose how to sweeten it ... Truvia? Splenda? Pure Cane Sugar? I am generally one to gravitate towards the sweeter end of things, but I didn't add anything but bananas and peanut butter to my bowl of oats and loved the all natural flavor profile that I ended up with.
My main breakfast when the time gets chilly, is oatmeal. On these occasions, it's usually instant oatmeal so I can whip it up quickly in the microwave of my tiny dorm (no stove top oats for me). I try different varities often, and on a recent trip to the grocery store, I picked up a box of Nature's Path Organic Instant Hot Multigrain Raisin Spice Oatmeal.
This is not your typical oatmeal. Since it's "multigrain" cereal, the typical soft oat texture is present and accounted for, but there is also a generous amount of harder grains mixed throughout. Some people would consider this to be a welcome chewy addition, while others might see this as a hard and un-wanted aspect.
At first the texture was a little surprising to me, but I easily fell in love with the chewy addition to the traditional bowl of oats. And the flavor was right on the money. I felt like I was eating a cinnamon raisin oatmeal cookie. The only downside was that there's a total of about 6 or so raisins in my packet and one part of me would like that to be bumped up, but another part of me knows that raisins are nothing more than little balls of sugars, and this oatmeal has quite enough of that in the nutrition facts - I don't want to see anymore added.
Each 50 gram packet of Nature's Path Organic Instant Hot Multigrain Raisin Spice Oatmeal provides 180 calories, 1 gram of total fat, no saturated fat, 100 mg of sodium, 4 grams of fiber (16% of the daily value), 18 grams of sugars and 4 grams of protein.
I really enjoyed Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Multi Bran Cereal - the taste, nutrition facts & ingredients list are all on point! I decided to try another of Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Cereals, and so I picked up the Pumpkin Raisin variety.
The box describes this cereal as an "excellent source of omega-3." The ingredients are, Organic whole wheat meal, organic wheat bran, organic raisins (coated with organic sunflower oil), organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic flax, organic soy oil, organic brown rice flour, organic oat bran, organic pumpkin seeds, organic barley malt extract, sea salt, organic oat syrup solids (organic oat syrup solids, tocopherols), tocopherols, (natural vitamin E), organic molasses, organic cinnamon.
I poured myself a bowl of cereal with some Silk Light Vanilla SoyMilk and took my first tablespoon full. I thought this was just ... meh. I'm sure you want a better description than that, so let me say that despite having sunflower seeds and raisins, this cereal still tasted kinda plain. It's missing a wow factor, like the Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Maple Pecan Crunch Cereal has.
Each 3/4 cup serving of Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch Cereal provides 210 calories, 4.5 grams of total fat, 0.5 grams of which is saturated, 7 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar (28% of the daily value), 6 grams of protein, and 13 grams of sugars.
I have been trying a lot of natural and organic nutrition bars lately, trying to find a balance between a decent ingredients list, nutrtition facts & taste. There have been some winners, like the Oskri Cashew Bar, and losers like Bobo's Chocolate Oat Bar. Nature's Path rarely steers me wrong, so I decided to make Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Pumpkin Granola Bars next in line for review. I picked up a box on sale for $2.90 and was pretty psyched to give them a try.
First of all, they are pretty gooey. There are many forms of sugar that coat the bar (tapioca syrup, evaporated cane juice, invert cane syrup and molasses), which makes for a fairly sweet bar - so if you have a timid sweet tooth, this is not the bar for you. However, my sweet tooth is far from timid and I fell in love with this bar. Each bite delivers a sweet and chewy mouthful with a comforting background of pumpkin flavor. The texture is just perfect. The base of the bar is composed of rolled oats, brown rice flour (puffed rice), pumpkin seeds and flax seeds (kind of like a "grown-up" rice crispy treat).
Laura raved about Weil By Nature's Path Organic Chia Razz Pure Fruit And Nut Bar and I couldn't wait to try one myself, so I couldn't believe my luck when the company actually sent me samples to review. The attractiveness of these bars is that they are contain no artificial ingredients, no added sugars or GMOs and they're vegan. Plus Dr. Andrew Weil is a leading physician in the field of alternative medicine, as well as a well known published author.
I started with the Pistachi-Oh! variety which is supposed to be a combination of pistachio and organic spices. I took a bite and to describe the first thought that came to mind was that this is one weird flavor. Maybe it's just me, but I felt that whatever spices they used - they used too much which made this bar taste ... off ... too much and too strong. The ingredients list is of course organic everything: dates, cashews, pistachios, dried unsweetened coconut, lemon juice concentrate, and spices. Bars made primarily from dates tend to be sweet first and foremost, and with this bar, there was not much else to it - even the cashew and pistachios seemed finely chopped and didn't add much to neither the texture nor the taste.