7/16/2011

Review: Fiber One - 80 Calorie Cereal....& 10 Tips to Get Your Daily Fiber

Thanks to General Mills and Pssst for sending us a full sized sample box of the new
Fiber One 80 Calorie Honey Squares cereal! This new cereal is only 80 calories per serving, and contains 40% of your daily value of fiber (a whopping 10 grams!) and it is delicious!

I found this new cereal to be crispy, sweet (but not too sweet) and tasty. A serving was filling and kept me from being hungry. I do have to be honest and blunt....10 grams of fiber was a bit much right off the bat. So I have started mixing a bit of this cereal with another cereal I like and the fiber level seems about right. Everyone is different, so others may not have a problem. I think it is awesome tasting though.

You can get Fiber One recipes by clicking---> HERE. General Mills has some tasty fun ways to use their products to help you and your family enjoy eating healthy. They also offer coupons from time to time---check HERE for them or visit Fiber One Facebook Page for fun, ideas and conversation!

If you want to check out the Pssst program at General Mills - click HERE. You too can get samples to try & review!

For the skinny on all the benefits of Fiber - read THIS and THIS.  it affects heart health, cholesterol, digestive health and more! You will be amazed by what you read! If you are unsure about how to  get more fiber in your diet, General Mills has 10 great ideas to help you.

10 Tips to Get your Daily Fiber - from Fiber One & General Mills
Most Americans are not getting the recommended 25 grams of fiber each day. With Fiber One cereal, it's easier than ever to increase your daily fiber intake. Try using these 10 simple tips to help reach your fiber goals. 

1) Scan for Bran  Look for “bran,” “whole grain” and “whole wheat” on product packages and ingredient labels. These ingredients can help boost fiber intake.  ¾ cup Fiber One® 80 Calories = 10g fiber  
2) Grab the Whole Food  Munch on a whole piece of fruit in place of drinking a glass of juice. You’ll get the nutrients and the fiber too.
1 medium apple = 3g fiber 
3) Savor the Skins 
Eat fruit and vegetables with the skin on. Eating the skin helps to bump up the fiber, plus it provides texture and a bonus of other nutrients.  1 medium baked potato with skin on = 4g fiber 
4) Screen for Beans  Replace your typical side dishes with high-fiber dried peas and beans, such as kidney, pinto, lentils or black-eyed peas. These fiber-packed legumes make it easier to meet daily fiber goals.  ½ cup canned red kidney beans = 8g fiber 
5) Go Nuts  Jazz up salads, vegetables, snacks and desserts with almonds, sunflower seeds or soy nuts. Nuts and seeds add fiber and fun-to-chew crunch to foods.  1 ounce roasted almonds = 3g fiber 
6) Be Berry Wild  Choose raspberries, blackberries and boysenberries to add variety to your cereals. These berries have twice the fiber of many other fruit selections.  ½ cup fresh raspberries = 4g fiber 
7) Bring on the Brown  Use brown rice instead of white. Switch to whole wheat pasta, whole wheat flour, whole wheat breads and whole grain crackers instead of regular white versions.  1 cup brown rice = 3g fiber 
8) Skip the Chips  Select snacks that are a good source of fiber. Instead of potato chips, go for low-fat popcorn, whole-grain pretzels or oven-crisped whole-wheat pita triangles.  3 cups popcorn = 4g fiber 
9) Drink Up  Water is a healthy beverage choice—especially as you up the fiber. Your body needs more water to help process the added fiber you eat.  Aim for eight 8-oz glasses of water each day.
10) Sneak in Some Fiber One cereal  Incorporate Fiber One cereal into your favorite side dishes or use to top yogurt, salads or oatmeal. ¼ cup Fiber One Original cereal for sprinkling = 7g fiber


I received a complimentary full sized box of Fiber One 80 Calorie Cereal in exchange for an honest review/opinion. I received no monetary compensation.  I was not required to write a positive review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

2 comments:

MPK said...

Healthy Cereal you say??? There is only 1g of protein… the same as the most sugar laden kids cereal. It has a sawdust texture when chewed and a very unpleasant artificial sweetner aftertaste. I will either return the box to the store of purchase of throw it away. You can’t get me to waste my carbs (I’m diabetic) on another bowl of this.

Retro Girl said...

Well sorry MPK that you did not enjoy this cereal and that it is not good for your dietary needs as a diabetic. I'm sure it is often a challenge to find foods that are both healthy and great tasting.

One thing to note though---Fiber One and General Mills aren't marketing this product as "high in protein" or as being a good source of protein toward your daily requirement. It is aimed at providing 40% of your daily fiber - many people, myself included have struggled to get enough fiber in their diet and this is a tasty, easy way to increase that. I don't look to a breakfast cereal to provide protein - I make sure to build that into my diet with other sources - lean meats, eggs, fish, low fat cheese, milk, soy products....

That's just my opinion...we all have our own views.

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