Like any other child-at-heart, I love cereal. Whether it be a small bowl with breakfast or an afternoon handful, I simply can’t get enough. Cereal can be a good source of nutrients but it can also be an even better source of excess sugar (among other things.) While some cereals are falling to the wayside in a quest to introduce healthier foods to the masses, Fiber One has created a new option for cereal-lovers.
According to the nutrition panel, each ¾ cup serving of the Fiber One 80 Calories Honey Squares contains only 140 mg of sodium and a whopping 10 g of dietary fiber– that’s 40 percent of your recommended daily value! The ingredient list boasts whole grain corn as the number one ingredient but it also contains sucralose, which is fine in moderation although I personally prefer a natural sweetener.
It tasted great as a morning meal and I tried it with both vanilla almond milk and regular skim milk on different occasions. The texture was light and crunchy and it was very filling. I also tried it on top of a yogurt parfait and it added just the right touch of crunch without the amount of sugar that’s in the granola I usually splurge on.
I like to snack on dry cereal but I have to say that I wasn’t fond of the Honey Squares by themselves. I couldn’t get past the unmistakable sucralose after-taste. My sister offered that she didn’t notice any kind of fake-sugar taste so perhaps it’s just my personal preference.
General Mills also sent me a neoprene iPod holder arm strap and a pedometer with USB connector to review. The arm strap was comfortable and the perfect size for both my iPod and cell phone but I wasn’t impressed with the color. I would definitely prefer a black or gray, something not so bold as the neon orange that was sent to me.
I’ve been using the pedometer for days now! It appears to be accurate and can be customized with your own height, weight, stride length and goals. The USB connector offers a simple-to-use computer program that charts your daily progress. My biggest caveat was that the product didn’t come with a customer service number of any kind so when I had trouble downloading the software, getting help was a bit of a struggle. However, the people at Fiber One were champs about trying to track down the right department even though I figured it out through my own resources before they were able to get back to me.
Overall, the Fiber One 80 Calories Honey Squares is a smart breakfast choice and definitely worth trying. The pedometer and arm strap are products that I’ll continue to use, although I’ll probably pass the arm strap along to my sister, who doesn’t mind wearing neon orange.
While General Mills provided sample product, this review is not sponsored or influenced in anyway and remains the author’s own opinion.
July 6th, 2011