I was provided with free samples of Barbara’s new cereal line, Snackimals to write this honest review from NaturallySavvy. My son loved them, eating a whole bowl full and then asking for more. The cereal seems like a sweeter version of the Kix cereal I snacked on as a kid.
Let me start off by saying that I am a fan of the Barbara's product line. I have purchase Honest O's and the Original Puffins cereal in the past and like supporting a company that strives to, "create simple, wholesome and delicious products with the most honest ingredients." The Snackimals Cookie line marketed towards kids has expanded to breakfast cereal including both Vanilla Blast and Cinnamon Crunch flavors. Now don't get me wrong, it is great that they are providing a non GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) corn-based product, but they already provide this with their Original Puffins cereal and the adult version has 2 grams less sugar per serving!
Perhaps you think I am one of "those" types of parents who hover and obsess over the nutritional value of everything that my child eats. Not really. Well maybe, but without the hovering. And honestly who the heck has spare time to obsess about every last thing that goes into their kid’s mouth? I do want my son to have a palate that appreciates a broad spectrum of tastes from spicy to bitter and yes, even sweet. I think indulging in a sugary treat is just that, a treat, not something I want to serve up for breakfast every morning. I also happen to have a three-year-old who is more than capable of pushing my buttons and driving me ABSOLUTELY CRAZY without the assistance of a sugar high. We still went trick-or-treating and he still knows what a donut looks and tastes like from Dunkin’ Donuts (we do after all live in New England). I am
just so frustrated that a product that is specifically marketed towards kids as “healthy and nutritious” contains more sugar than a comparable adult version from the same company.
That being said, if faced with choosing to offer your child a bowl full of Barbara’s Snackimals Cinnamon Crunch vs Kellogg’s Cinnamon Pops cereal, the 7 grams of sugar in a serving of Snackimals is better than the 11.3 grams in Cinnamon Pops per 30 gram serving. So as far as cereal options go, Snackimals is a better choice.
So here's my product comparison breakdown. Please note that not all cereals had the same serving size listed in the nutritional information panel on the box. To compare them evenly I converted them all to the same number of grams. In other words, if you compare what I have compiled here with the cereal box, the numbers may be different based on the serving size.
Barbara’s Snackimals Cinnamon Crunch Cereal
30 gram serving has 7 grams of sugar
Ingredients: ORGANIC CORN FLOUR, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, ORGANIC WHOLE GRAIN CORN FLOUR, ORGANIC WHOLE GRAIN OAT FLOUR, FRUCTAN (NutraFlora®, Natural Dietary Fiber), ORGANIC OAT HULL FIBER, CALCIUM CARBONATE, ORGANIC CINNAMON, SEA SALT, NATURAL
Pros: Non GMO Corn, lower sugar than comparable cereal (Kellogg’s Cinnamon Pops).
Cons: More sugar per serving than other Barbara’s cereals that my son likes to eat.
Barbara's Original Puffins
30 gram serving has 5.5 grams of sugar
Ingredients: NON GMO CORN FLOUR, NON GMO CORN BRAN, EVAPORATED CANE SUGAR, WHOLE OAT FLOUR, UNSULFURED MOLASSES, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC OIL (CANOLA AND/OR SUNFLOWER), SEA SALT, BAKING SODA, CARAMEL COLOR (FROM CANE MOLASSES), VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID), TOCOPHEROLS (ANTIOXIDANTS TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS).
Pros: Non GMO Corn, lower sugar than Snackimals
Cons: Not a big fan of the canola/sunflower oils. Why is that needed in breakfast cereal?
Barbara's Honest O's
30 gram serving has 1 gram of sugar
Ingredients: ORGANIC WHOLE OAT FLOUR, ORGANIC NON-GMO CORN FLOUR, ORGANIC OAT BRAN, ORGANIC APPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE, SEA SALT, BAKING SODA.
Pros: Non GMO Corn, sweetness from apple juice instead of cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup
Cons: I could annoyingly argue that the better option would be to give your kiddo a bowl of oatmeal, but then they are likely to dump a giant pile of brown sugar on top, right? Honest O’s for the win.
30 gram serving has 3 grams of sugar
Ingredients: WHOLE GRAIN CORN, CORN MEAL, SUGAR, CORN BRAN, SALT, BROWN SUGAR SYRUP, TRISODIUM PHOSPHATE, VITAMIN E (MIXED TOCOPHEROLS) ADDED TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS.
Pros: 3 grams of sugar is better than the 7 grams in Snackimals.
Cons: GMO corn. I avoid GMOs whenever possible.
Kellogg’s Cinnamon Pops
30 gram serving has 11.3 grams of sugar
Ingredients: CORN MEAL, SUGAR, CORN BRAN, CORN SYRUP, CINNAMON, SALT, OAT FLOUR, BAKING SODA, VEGETABLE OIL, BHT (Butylated hydroxytoulene, added to preserve fat)
Cons: GMO corn. Does a breakfast cereal need both sugar and corn syrup? Again, what’s up with the vegetable oil? Get rid of the veg oil and you don’t need the BHT.
Win an App and a Year's Supply of Snackimals Cereal & Cookies
*Contest alert! Barbara’s wants your help naming the Snackimals monkey! Click on the link below to enter to win a Year’s Supply of Snackimals Cereal and Cookies.
*Everyone who enters wins a free Snackimals Dash app that is a lot of fun – steer the monkey through the jungle in search of healthy snacks for you and your friends, and recycle for bonus points!
*In addition to the grand prize of a Year’s Supply of Snackimals, there are lots of other cool contest prizes, so enter today! What will you name the Snackimals monkey? Send your suggestion today!
Link: Name-a-Snackimals contest
One Cape Cod Mommies Fan/Reader will also win a giveaway package that includes one box of the Vanilla Blast and one box of Cinnamon Crunch.
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