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Cerealvit Product Review and Giveaway!!

I love Cerealvit gluten-free cereals!!

I received some complimentary samples of Cerealvit cereal a while back to review on my blog. I have been waiting to post my review because I was one of the lucky early recipients of their newest cereal, Choco Stars! I did not want to tease my fabulous readers with a product that wasn’t yet available, and by patiently waiting it out (not one of my strong suits); the Choco Stars will be included in this giveaway! WOO-HOO!

The Choco Stars were a HUGE hit with my 6 and 2 year old boys (especially my 2 year old, Luke, who I think just might be the world’s biggest chocolate fanatic! Seriously. He ate 4 Brussels sprouts the other day that I had put shaved chocolate on just to see if it would work!

Cerealvit is a brand of cereal imported from Italy by Riega Foods, LLC; a dietary health company that develops, imports and markets great tasting and high quality foods. Riega Foods focuses on bringing great products to those of us with special dietary needs, like those of us on the gluten-free diet and with other food allergies.

Check this out from Riega Foods website:

When a person has special dietary needs it is important to know what is in your food and where it is made.  That is why we fully disclose all ingredients and clearly list what other common allergens causing ingredients are used in the facilities where our foods are made.  With the Riega brand we even give you a quick reference stamp in the upper right hand corner of our packaging.  This stamp quickly lets you know if our foods are appropriate for you.

Riega Foods also understands that those with gluten intolerance need lower levels of gluten in their food than the FDA currently allows.  That is why we will not sell a single product labeled as gluten free that is not tested and confirmed to contain less than 20 ppm of gluten.

You can find our products at many natural/health food stores, specialty retailers and grocery chains nationwide.  If your store does not carry our products, then you can print out a store request card and take it to your local store and ask them to carry our products.  If you are a store looking to carry products from Riega Foods then simply email or give us a call.  We would be delighted to work with you.

Very cool company! With the sudden explosion of gluten-free foods from all sorts of companies, (some great and some not so great), it makes me feel a lot safer to buy from companies that have high standards and test their products to make sure the levels of gluten are below 20ppm!

All Cerealvit cereals are sold in 13.25-ounce boxes, which is the largest average sized box of cereal for any line of organic, gluten free cereal on the market. Cerealvit gluten-free cereals have on average, 10 – 40% MORE cereal than other organic, gluten-free cereals! The Cerealvit package is almost as big as an average sized package of General Mills Chex cereal, which is 13.8-ounces. And for further comparison, the Choco Stars package is BIGGER than a box of General Mills Cocoa Puffs cereal, which is 11.8-ounces (Cocoa Puffs are NOT gluten-free, by the way).

Did my comparison give you a good visual of the size of Cerealvit Cereals? :-)

As for the price of Cerealvit cereals, they retail anywhere between $4.99 and $5.49 each (more or less), depending on where you buy them. As for where to buy the cereal, Riega Foods is in the process of rebuilding their website right now but they will have a “Where to Buy” page available soon. I have not found them at any store in the Albuquerque area yet, but I am going to go visit my local Whole Foods Markets and R. Downs to ask that they start carrying them!

Now for what really counts… how the cereals taste!

I am going to start with the boys’ favorite, Choco Stars! I always stress over sugary kid cereals. I read all the articles about how horrible they are in the nutrition category and I can certainly see why. Even if you do not consider the sugar and fiber content in a “proper” serving size of many famous “kid” cereals (and seriously, who ever pours out a 3/4 cup bowl of cereal?); just reading the ingredient label alone is like reading a scientific textbook! I am not a scientist… I have no idea what half of the ingredients are!

Which leads me to what I really like about the Cerealvit Choco Stars (as well as the other Cerealvit Cereals): I UNDERSTAND what the ingredients are (no Wikipedia required)! Since I am not a nutritionist either, I will not go into the nutritional aspect of the cereal; but as a mom, I did notice that Choco Stars have less sugar than many of the other “kid” cereals out there. I am going to use Cocoa Puffs as a comparison because it is the only mainstream brand of chocolate cereal that I can think of at the moment.

Choco Stars cereal by Cerealvit: a 1 cup serving has 8.7 grams of sugar

Cocoa Puffs by General Mills (again, NOT gluten-free): a 3/4 cup serving has 12 grams of sugar. (To be fair, General Mills has made a commitment to reduce the amount of sugar in 10 of their cereals that are marketed to children, click here to read more).

I want to show you the Nutrition Label… (I used an extra large photo for easier reading, so if it is beyond huge on your browser, please accept my apologies! :-D )

See the ingredient label? Even Sam knew what the ingredients are!

The boy’s ate the entire box within a few days (which is exactly why Choco Stars and other sweet cereals are a “treat” in our house!). :-)

Now for my personal favorite of all the Cerealvit cereals, the Corn Flakes!

The Corn Flakes are probably the best corn flakes I have ever had. The flakes are thicker than the average “flake cereal,” which really helps them stand up to the milk and not get soggy and mushy. The flavor of the corn flakes impressed me even more as the corn flavor is very pronounced. Much more so than other cornflakes, gluten-free or otherwise. They are also light on the “sweetness factor,” which I like a lot!

Only 3 ingredients and 1.2 grams of sugar!!

Well, 1.2 grams of sugar before I did what I did with them! I used some of the corn flakes to make Christmas wreath treats over the holidays:

The Coffee Flakes were an interesting surprise. If you are someone who likes coffee flavored foods, then you will love them. While I LOVE a hot cup of coffee, I typically I do not care for coffee flavored foods (except for Tiramisu, but even then, one bite is enough for me). Sam though… loved this cereal!! Is that normal for a 6 year old boy?? :-)

The Benevit cereal was also good (from what I can remember). I did not get to have much, because my father-in-law swiped the box! Mike’s dad is really trying to watch his sodium intake these days and he has had a hard time re-adjusting his taste buds to the low-sodium diet. He was so happy with the taste of the Benevit cereal, that I could not NOT let him have the package! :-)

Here are some links to other blog reviews on Cerealvit Cereal:

Gluten Free Steve

Celiacs In The House

Gluten Free Is Life

Would you like to try a sampling of Cerealvit gluten-free cereals? Well, read on… (hey, you made it this far didn’t ya?! ;-) )

Brad, from Riega Foods, has generously offered to give to TWO of my readers a prize package consisting of one each of the 4 varieties of cereal that I just reviewed!

In order to enter the giveaway, just leave a comment to this post answering the following question:

“What one product do you miss the most from the “gluten days” that you would really like to see a gluten-free packaged version of?” Something that you cannot find or cannot find that tastes good…

To kick things off, I would love a gluten-free Fig Newton and Sam said he wishes for a gluten-free Pop-Tart!

What do you miss the most?

I will use a Random Number Generator to pick the two winners on Monday, February, 15, 2010 (President’s Day)!

Good Luck! :-)

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Comments

  1. Stacy says:

    I would love to have really good, crusty gluten free bread–I miss having pasta, salad, and bread to dip in olive oil!

  2. noteify says:

    I miss large soft pretzels, I know I can make them but somehow having one at a ballgame just sounds better!

  3. Carrie says:

    I wasn't really a huge doughnut person, butI do miss a good doughnut, especially lemon filled with powder sugar, mmmm!!!

  4. lyndas1969 says:

    I would really like a good gluten free muffin that did not taste like rice or cost an arm and a leg.

  5. Denis says:

    I would also LOVE to buy a nice crusty GF baguette to have with pate & cheese.

  6. Jack Cisco says:

    Oh yes…I sooooooo agree with the soft pretzel request!!! But there's something about a summer baseball game with a hot dog (without a bun, it's just a frank)…maybe it's a guy thing!

  7. Nicole says:

    Warm Chocolate Croissants! Enough said…:(

  8. Kimberly says:

    I love, love, love, the Coffee Flakes! :) They rock!!

    I would love a GF Fig Newton. OMG….I love them! Have you tried the Goji Moji bar from Nature's Path? Taste like a Fig Newton!!
    http://www.glutenfreeislife.com/?p=979

    Hot Soft Pretzels that don't cost $18 for a pack of 6 would be nice, too. ;)

    Kim

  9. Heidi says:

    HI! This sounds great! I'm not GF but my 5 yr old son is. He was diagnosed with CD at 15mos so he doesn't know anything other than GF. But, if I were to pick something that bums me out that he will never experience its most definitely birthday cake.

    Heidi

  10. connie newman says:

    oohh cereal i havent had any in yrs.thxs

  11. Tavia says:

    I am with Sam – – a gf Pop Tart would be amazing! The brown sugar & cinnamon were always my favorite.

    I have got to find those Coffee Flakes asap! I am a coffee freak & I've never seen coffee flavored cereal. That's awesome!

    Thanks again for hosting yet another fantabulous giveaway. :)

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Auntie Anne's Pretzel or Fig Newtons. :)

  13. Arielle says:

    I miss Kashi cereal, especially Kashi Go Lean Crunch. I really wish Kashi cereals would come out with a gluten free line or healthy tasty choices. I looove cereal and eat it all the time!

  14. Tatha says:

    My son would fly to the moon to get a bowl of gluten free cinnamon toast crunch.

  15. Shawna says:

    We all miss pop-tarts and soft pretzels. Can't wait to try this cereal.

  16. Jamie says:

    I really miss a good cracker like Carr's Water Crackers to eat with my cheese. There are good gluten free crackers, but I find that they are either too salty, too buttery, or taste just like cardboard. I used to love the Carr's Crackers with a piece of cheese.

  17. Too bad the multigrain has milk in it since we are allergic to milk. I would like to see these cereals with more nutrition in them. They may not be as much negative nutrition as their "normal" counterparts, but they still seriously lack nutrition. They need some vitamins and minerals in there to be worth it for me.

  18. Teresa E. says:

    I miss garlic bread so much! Also, doughnuts, but most of all cinnamon rolls. We have Ann Sathers here in Chicago and whenever I see it, I think boy I sure do miss their cinnamon rolls. Nobody does them better!

  19. I would love to be able to have a cinnabon cinnnamon roll that is gluten free!!

  20. Renee says:

    I agree with the cinnabon-type cinnamon rolls and the baguette…

  21. Terri says:

    Hot from the oven homemade dinner rolls with LOTS of butter!

  22. Michelle says:

    I miss burrito size (soft) flour tortillas. I know I can have a corn soft taco with the same fillings but there is just something about those flour tortillas I really miss. I think my son would love a doughnut (gasp!) :o)

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