With the recent health kick and diet I’ve been on, I have been stocking up on some healthier cereals from Nature’s Path. When these cereals were on sale for $2.50 I took advantage of the price savings and bought several Nature’s Path varieties.
The Nature’s Path cereal boxes are a bit smaller than normal sized cereals, this box of Organic Heritage Heirloom Whole Grains Cereal contains only 13.25 ounces.
The front of the box gives a ton of information about this cereal, so I know it’s healthy even before I read the nutritional information. Some of the claims are that it is organic, low in sodium, contains 6 grams of fiber, it’s endorsed by the Whole Grains Council, and it contains healthy grains such as spelt, quinoa, kamut oats, wheat, barley and millet. There are no synthetic pesticides or herbicides, no preservatives or additives,no genetically engineered seeds or ingredients, and no irratiation.
(When eating 3/4 cup with skim milk)
150 calories, 1 gram total fat, 0 grams of saturated & trans fat 0 grams of cholesterol, 135 mg sodium, 23 grams of carbs, 6 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugars, 4 grams of protein, 6% vitamin A, 15% calcium, and 10% iron.
If it weren’t for the fact that this cereal fits my dietary needs so nicely, and that it was such a healthy cereal, I probably wouldn’t buy it again. The front of the box shows this whole grain cereal with blueberries on top, and I think that’s how I am going to have to eat it to get some enjoyment out of it.
The cereal is made up of whole grain flakes, similar to a cornflake. They taste crunchy and a little bit sweet and nutty, but the taste is really nothing special. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed eating this bowl of cereal. However, it is very filling, and I feel good about eating such a good quality product.
I love that it is so low in calories and fat, (most cereals list these numbers based on 1/2 cup servings, but Nature’s Path does it based on 3/4 cup). Aside from the cereal being very healthy, the company is also very environmentally responsible. The grains are grown in enriched, drought resistant soil so there is less soil erosion, less groundwater pollution, and improved farm biodiversity.
As far as the box being smaller, they call it an EnviroBox, which reduces their packaging size 10%, which lessens the yearly impact on the earth by saving more than 700,000 gallons of water, 500,000 KWh of energy, and 75 tons of paperboard. Indeed the box is quite full when opened. Unlike some cereals that seem to be only 2/3 full!
Heritage is special because it contains ancient grains that we don’t often hear about in todays market. Kamut has 20-40% more protein, higher levels of lipids, amino acids and vitamins that does durum wheat. Barley is a grain rich in protein. Millet is a great source of niacin, thiamin, and has cholesterol lowering nutrients. Spelt is an ancient form of wheat that is high in iron, B vitamins, amino acids, and fiber. Quinoa is a superior grain I recently learned about from a vegetarian friend, and is one of the oldest grains around. It was first cultivated more than 5000 years ago, and is actually a complete protein.
I found this cereal to taste okay, not great. I definitely don’t enjoy it as much as I do the Nature’s Path Organic Optimum Slim variety. Still, I feel good about eating it because it is so good for me, and fills me up, which keeps my diet on track. After eating a bowl of this cereal, I’m completely satisfied until lunch.
The company does stand behind their products. If you are not satisfied, you can send in the box top and they will refund your money, so you have nothing to lose by giving their cereals a try. These are much higher in price than other cereals I normally buy, a box retails at my Fred Meyer natural foods section for $3.99. When they go on sale for $2.50, I buy several.