Gluten Schmuten: Nature’s Path Whole O’s Cereal

GLUTENSCHUMUTENGluten-free foods are expensive and their flavor profile, in many cases, is suspect. The Al Dente blog is going to work through the good and the bad from the perspective of a toddler who known for her picky eating and her parents. We’ll collect these, as well as the rest of our journey with The Kid’s Celiac disease diagnosis, under the Gluten Schmuten category tag.

Nature’s Path has been a winner in our house. Their crispy bars have been a staple, as have their line of Envirokidz foods. While out and about this weekend, we asked The Kid if she would like to try some O’s, a missing staple of the diet now that Cheerios are off limits.

THE SELL: Just the thing for the whole-grain-loving, gluten-avoiding O connoisseur—or any O connoisseur really. Full of organic corn and whole grain rice, it’s crunchy and delicious, one pleasingly plump vowel at a time. Try some with milk, its various alternatives, or straight out of the box.

THE PACKAGE: Each box is 8.5 oz.

THE INGREDIENTS: Brown rice flour*, corn flour*, evaporated cane juice*, pomegranate juice concentrate*, sea salt. (asterisks denote organic ingredients)

THE STATS ON A SERVING: One 2/3 cup serving has 120 calories, 1.5g fat, 25g carbs, 3g fiber, and 4g sugar. 

THE COST: $3.99 at Syracuse Wegmans stores.

THE REPLACEMENT: An 18 oz. box of Cheerios is $3.79.

THE KID TEST: She ate three and told The Wife, “I don’t like these.”

THE ADULT TASTE TEST: The Wife tried them. She said they taste like the box they were stored in.

THE VERDICT: Thumbs down all around. I’ll mix them in with something sugary and clean them up. A loser from the Nature’s Path people. We’ll give it one healthy villi since, well, I didn’t make a zero graphic.



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