Category Archives: Cereal

Gluten Free Cereal

There is quite a wide range of Gluten Free Cereal and Muesli available from UK supermarkets and many of these are pretty healthy and full of nutritious ingredients.  However, if you’re looking for a slightly less worthy breakfast, maybe as a reward for sticking to your diet all week or as a Gluten Free replacement for the less healthy cereals everyone else gets to enjoy from time to time, this Nature’s Path Maple Sunrise is a good option.

Nature's Path Gluten Free Maple Cereal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature’s Path is a Canadian company and independent and family owned.  They specialise in gluten and wheat-free cereal products and sell a wide range of these in North America. Their breakfast cereals are now widely distributed in the UK and you should be able to pick these up in any UK supermarket big enough to have a “Free-From” section.

This is an extremely crunchy Cereal and won’t go soggy after you’ve added milk. If that’s how you choose to eat it, I prefer  it with a couple of spoon fulls of Greek yoghurt and sometimes add blueberries or another berry to aid me in my daily quest to eat my government recommended 5 portions of fruit or vegetables.

Its quite sweet and the maple flavour is quite strong, as soon as you open the packet you’ll get a strong scent of Maple syrup.  If you don’t have much of a sweet tooth you probably won’t need to add any extra sugar to this. However, the taste might lead you to think it has a higher Sugar content than it actually does – a 30g serving contains just under 13g – a little higher than some other Mueslis available but not distressingly so and still lower in sugar, calories and fat than most of the super sweet breakfast cereals we’ve all heard of.  On the downside its also quite low in fibre, just 3g per serving, and Protein.

Despite being very sweet, this is still quite a healthy option.  It’s certified Organic and contains six different grains, quasi-grains or seeds – corn, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, flax, and amaranth.  The fact these are whole grains and not refined or processed and that there is a wide diversity of them is good news for your health.

This diversity of ingredients also gives the cereal a good texture. some of the grains are left whole so it has a variety of three different shapes – little round puffy balls, flakes and small crispy seed shapes.

Nature's Path Gluten Free Maple Cereal

 

 

 

 

 

I’d recommend this if you eat cereal regularly and are interested in trying a different one every so often for a bit of a change. You can find it in most big supermarkets for around Three pounds a box but can save some money by buying it in bulk from Amazon.

Gluten Free Muesli – Eat Natural Buckwheat

When you start eating Gluten Free breakfast can be one of the most difficult meals to adapt to your new diet.  Obviously bacon and eggs or a variation of this is fine. If you have the time to make it.  When you’ve got 6 minutes to eat in between getting out of the shower and on the bus that just isn’t going to cut it. Luckily there are quite a few different Gluten Free breakfast options available in the UK, this Gluten Free muesli being one of them.

Eat Natural Buckwheat Gluten Free Muesli

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one, made by Eat Natural (who also have a wide range of Gluten Free cereal bars), is their Buckwheat Muesli and a solid choice for a quick, healthy, mid-week breakfast.  It’s a mix of toasted Buckwheat, Crisped Rice, Mixed Seeds, Coconut and Raisins and Sultanas.

BUCKWHEAT

Buckwheat, actually not a grain but a fruit seed is a good source of energy and extremely nutritious.  It’s been linked to a lowered risk of developing high cholesterol or blood pressure and has a host of other beneficial effects, due partly to its rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin.  Flavonoids protect against disease by extending the action of vitamin C and acting as antioxidants.  Buckwheat is also high in magnesium which relaxes blood vessels, improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure. All good news for your cardiovascular system.  The nutrients in buckwheat may also reduce the risk of diabetes. Buckwheat also scores highly on its ability to satisfy hunger and is a good source of insoluble fibre.  You can read more about the benefits of Buckwheat here.

SEEDS

The three different seeds used in this muesli bring additional health benefits.  The Sunflower seeds are a good source of selenium which controls cell damage and plays a role in the prevention of cancer.  They’re also a good source of magnesium, copper, vitamin E and antioxidants.  This means they are good for your bones and skin, reduce stress, are an anti-inflammatory and can keep your cholesterol low.  Read more about sunflower seeds here,

The Pumpkin seeds are another good source of magnesium.  The Linseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and reportedly relieve menopausal symptoms and constipation.  They can also help reduce inflammation and protect against heart disease and some cancers.

Buckwheat Gluten Free Muesli

 

 

 

 

 

So its pretty safe to assume eating this cereal a couple of times a week will be good for you but that’s not worth much if it doesn’t taste good.  Well.. obviously tastes vary but I think this has no problems in that area.  It has sugar, honey and cinnamon added to it but isn’t overly sweet. The amounts of fruit is generous and the individual raisins and sultanas are a good size. The seeds give it a nice nutty flavour and crunchy texture and there is a good amount of coconut which compliments the other ingredients well.

This can be a little tricky to get hold of, I’ve found a few of the major supermarkets branches local to me sell it but others don’t so you may have to hunt around for it, alternatively you can save a bit of money by buying it in bulk online.

Its nice and crunchy and doesn’t become too soggy when you add milk, if that’s what you decide to do, I usually have it with yoghurt, sometimes with a handful of blueberries thrown on top. Just to get me a bit nearer my five a day.