Healthy fast foods: Cereal for breakfast or lunch or dinner

We may yearn to eat like 18th century peasants, but, alas, we live like 21st century office workers.

Which means, time is a real issue.

So the compromise is fast food that’s healthy. Think I can’t pull it off? Well follow me.

Healthy frozen food
A while back, I devoted an entire week to Amy’s frozen foods. We looked at Mexican foods including a frozen black bean tamale verde meal. And Indian and Italian foods including a frozen margherita pizza. And we even looked at foods for breakfast and dinner including a quarter pound veggie burger. And while some made it to our coveted shopping list, other items were tossed into the garbage half-eaten (click the links if you'd like to read the food reviews).

So, this week, we turn our attention to another source of healthy fast foods: Kashi.

Cereal: Not just for breakfast anymore
Now, I was interested in Kashi for their cereal. Because, truth be told, before I met my husband, many a lunch was cereal. And many a dinner, too. (But not breakfast. Oh no! Because breakfast was always one of my famous ‘nanners.)

So let’s kick off the week with the Kashi Strawberry Fields cereal.

Organic ingredients
You know the ingredient list is everything, so let's start there.
Organic Long Grain Rice, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Whole Wheat, Organic Freeze-dried Strawberries, Sea Salt, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Freeze-dried Raspberries
Three things come to mind. First, the shorter the ingredient list, the better. This one is short. Second, the more organic, the better. And here, we have organic this and organic that. So, so far, so good.

Sugars, sugars, everywhere
But, third, there are not one, but two, types of sugars here: Organic evaporated cane juice and organic brown rice syrup. Now, sugar cane, of course, provided the cane juice. And brown rice syrup is where they take perfectly good brown rice and cook it and cook it until those wholesome brown rice kernels turn into sugar.

So you can run, but you can’t hide, because there is a different form of sugar lurking around every corner. Sometimes two.

Yum yum, yes? Or yum yum, no?
The short version: Love the flakes, hate the berries.

The long version: The berries, without milk, are a chewy, rubbery mess. Add milk, assuming you have not eschewed dairy, and they are much nicer. It’s not the texture of a real strawberry, mind you, but at least it’s not rubber. But wet or dry, it tastes far too sweet. Personally, I’d rather just have fresh strawberries.

But the flakes, ah, the flakes are where this cereal shines. The best part of these flakes are the crunch. Sure, they are tasty, but when you drown them with milk and can still munch away so loud you drown out the husbands’ video game, well, it doesn’t get much better than that.

And more . . .
My husband and I, back when were were just friends (What? Date the smart, sweet, considerate, funny, good-looking guy? Not when I can spend my time with a train-wreck, doh!), used to visit an antiques (okay, junk) warehouse that had four floors of the neatest trash you ever saw. Lacking elevators, this place had stairs which you would curse loudly every time the top floor antique you wanted weighed 50 pounds or more. But the best part of this place was that every landing had a big placard which read "And more . . ." just to tempt you to visit yet another floor.

"And more . . . " became a saying for us. And, now, it is one for you, too.

So if you want more reviews of Kashi products, stay tuned. Because there is more . . .