Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tastemaker Breakfast Reviews

Through the Tastemaker program at FoodBuzz, I recently received a couple Eggo Real Fruit Pizzas as well as a couple boxes of Kellogg's FiberPlus Antioxidants Cereal.  I figured I would share my thoughts in one post since both are breakfast items offered by Kellogg :)

Eggo Real Fruit Pizzas

I tried two different flavors of the frozen breakfast pizzas offered by Kellogg. One was Strawberry Granola and the other was Mixed Berry Granola.  Both feature a cinnamon-maple crust, fruit and toasted granola.  My first impression was that the crust seemed thinner than what was pictured on the box, which is not necessarily a bad thing, because a too thick crust could make the whole experience more doughy than preferable.

I tried one using the oven method, and the other using the microwave method to heat.  The pizza I baked in the oven turned out a lot better, and had a somewhat crisper crust even though it still wasn't super crispy.  The one in the microwave did not crisp up at all, even using the special microwave crisper tray.  It was chewy and somewhat unpleasant in texture, pretty doughy.  I prefer the oven method by far, even though it takes longer to heat.  If you're rushing to eat breakfast in the morning, these are not for you.  Heating them in the oven will take time, and even if you forgo texture, and microwave it, it will take a few minutes to actually eat it (you can't easily stuff it in your face on your way out the door like toaster pastries and other fast breakfast items).

I was pleasantly surprised to find that it shockingly filled me and kept me full for a lot longer than I thought it would.  I imagined I would want a snack an hour later (based on its size) but it definitely kept me full until lunch time.  I will give it credit for that! Would I buy these on my own? Probably not.  They were pretty tasty, but I don't think I would seek them out in the future, especially since the microwave (faster) method yielded poor results (in my opinion).  I do give Eggo lots of credit for creating a unique breakfast product.  I've never seen frozen breakfast pizzas in the freezer section, so I think it's great that they are branching out and trying new things.

Kellogg's FiberPlus Antioxidants Cereals

I received two flavors of the cereal as well, Berry Yogurt Crunch and Cinnamon Oat Crunch. They contain 40% and 35% of your daily fiber requirement respectively.  I can honestly say I really enjoyed them both.  The Berry Yogurt Crunch stayed crunchy for a long time in my milk, and had a nice light non-sugary sweetness that wasn't overwhelming (like some other too sweet cereals).  I liked the yogurt bits and the "fruity crunch" element in there with the flakes, and wouldn't have minded at all if they had included more :) I loved the Cinnamon Oat Crunch as well.  It reminded me of a less sweet Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which is a personal childhood favorite.  This is obviously much healthier, full of fiber, and a lot less sugar.

Given an option of eating the Real Fruit Pizzas or either of these cereals, I would find myself choosing the later.  The cereals are also a lot healthier than the Real Fruit Pizzas... less calories, less fat, less sugar, more fiber.  Even my absolute favorite cereal, Frosted Shredded Mini Wheats is less healthy than these two options, which beat it out in every department on the nutritional label.  I would definitely buy these in the future for a satisfying and healthy breakfast cereal.  And I won't feel guilty having seconds :)


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