So, May is Celiacs awareness month. And, it’s almost May. Cool, huh?
There will be all sorts of awareness grabbing activities in the next month with the big kick-off into May of the Gluten-free Expo in Chicago next weekend.
I’m turning my back on gluten-free’ness and domestic goddessisity next weekend to go to New York for a big birthday party and a wedding. Woo hoo! But, I look forward to reading all about the expo and hearing about the fun meet and greets.
My wee contribution to Celiac Awareness month is to write this review (a little early, due to my upcoming trip). I was asked a few weeks ago if I’d like to review Barbara’s Puffins Multigrain cereal. I said ‘sure’. I’m never one to turn away an offered free sample and am always up for trying new cereals for C without having to buy a packet that will stand half opened for months because the kids gave it one taste and declared ‘yeeeew’.
The review kind of writes itself. A box gets delivered and stands on the outside stairs last week. C thinks it’s another birthday present (he turned 8 a week ago) and hurries to open it. Interestingly, he doesn’t pull a face and act disappointed when it isn’t a gift and is ‘just’ a box of cereal. he actually gets quite excited and asks for a bowl of it right away. It immediately gets declared a success and knocks the current favorite cereal from the top of the list. That first 10oz box gets devoured pdq (pretty darned quickly), and another – larger- 130c box is purchased by mom at Trader Joe’s less than a week later. Need I say more?
Even better. Barbara’s is based in Petaluma. Just up the road from us here in Nor Cal. Cool.
I asked C to describe why this is his new favorite cereal. He said:
” It’s crunchy and sweet and tastes great with yogurt”
When he asked me why I thought it was so great, I said:
“It’s local, made with pure oats and you get a good serving of wholegrains”.
Not exactly the same criteria, but who cares as long as the end result is the same? Happy kids eating healthy foods that provide nutritional benefits while supporting their dietary restrictions.
On another note, we’ve been online and have checked out Project Puffin. The boys loved it. Barbara’s supports the project which aims to help restore puffins to their historic resting ground off the coast of Maine. Ahhhh.
For reference, here is the nutritional info for Puffins Multigrain cereal:
3/4 cup (30g)
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 5
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g*||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 25g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|Vitamin A||0%||Vitamin C||25%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie Diet.
INGREDIENTS: CORN FLOUR, DEHYDRATED CANE JUICE, BROWN WHOLE GRAIN RICE FLOUR, WHOLE GRAIN PURE OAT FLOUR, FRUCTAN (NUTRAFLORA® NATURAL DIETARY FIBER), OAT HULL FIBER, CALCIUM CARBONATE, BAKING SODA, NATURAL FLAVOR, CARAMEL COLOR, SALT, ANNATTO, VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID), IRON (FERRIC ORTHOPHOSPHATE), VITAMIN D3, NATURAL VITAMIN E (MIXED TOCOPHEROLS TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS). CONTAINS SOY (IN CORN).
NO PEANUT INGREDIENTS USED IN THIS FACILITY. MANUFACTURED IN A FACILITY THAT ALSO PROCESSES MILK, HAZELNUTS, ALMONDS, COCONUT AND WHEAT. VERIFIED TO CONTAIN LESS THAN 20 PPM GLUTEN. *AMOUNT IN CEREAL.