Love Grown Cereal Review – I Ate Beans For Breakfast Today!

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I was at a new Natural Grocers Store in Fort Worth, Texas yesterday, and what did I find but a cereal made with beans. I wondered. I bought. I ate. Now I give a review of Love Grown Cereal.

If you are like me, totally naive about cereal made from beans, you may be a little surprised (as was I) to see such a product.  I had never seen such a thing before which is probably WHY I purchased the box of Love Grown Polar Puffs cereal which I did.  OK… that AND the fact that the store had an overstock and marked some of the boxes down to move them out quickly.  

I’m a sucker for beans, and I’m really a sucker for saving money!  

I really wasn’t sure what to think when I purchased the box, but I was hopeful.  I had great success in the past when I first saw and tried Beanitos Bean Snacks (low glycemic, some vegan, all vegetarian and all non-GMO gluten free snacks made with beans).  I loved the Beanitos Black Bean Chips in particular… (but I also loved them all)… so seeing bean cereal was not SUCH a far stretch that I figured I would at least give them a try.  

Bean tortilla chips seem more natural to me than cereal bean products though, especially kids cereal products.  

I almost put them back on that second thought, but I finally convinced myself. 

Come on, Chris.  This is a healthy kids cereal.

The cereal is made with navy, lentil and garbanzo beans.  

There are no corn or wheat ingredients in it.

It’s a gluten free kids cereal.  It’s a vegan kids cereal.  It’s a healthy, non-GMO cereal.  

And… AND…. it’s supposed to taste like blueberries and vanilla.  (Remember, I hadn’t tried it yet, so I wasn’t completely sure of that!) It was SUPPOSED to…. fill in the blank…..  

OK.  That did it.  It was in my cart.  

Actually, I really didn’t go through all of that thinking.  

I was actually EXCITED to try such a cereal.  

I was also excited to say “I will eat beans for breakfast tomorrow morning!”   

That’s just the way I am.  🙂 

Well, my bean shopping excitement was yesterday.  I did try this cereal this morning.

Love Grown Polar Puffs Cereal

 

I poured some of the Love Made Polar Puffs into a bowl, and I added some milk.  I was out of both almonds and coconut milk, so my regular milk had to do today, (sorry vegan friends), but I added the milk that was available, and I had my first bite.  

You can see a horrible photo of me here below eating my first bite.  I wasn’t prepared for a glamour shot, but I wanted you to see my first bite of cereal made with beans.  Whatever my face was going to be, I wanted you to see it in its true form.

Chris's First Bite of Bean Cereal - Love Grown Cereal

It was wonderful!  

The sweetness was just right.  It was sweet enough to satisfy any child’s hankering for something sweet.  It was not TOO sweet.  

The Love Grown Polar Puffs actually had a great blueberry and vanilla taste too.  I mean that too!  I mean…  I could taste a blueberry flavor.  I could taste a vanilla flavor.  The two flavors were each very flavorful, and each flavor seemed separate, distinct would be a good word, but they were also very complimentary of each other.  

And no… in case you are wondering… There was absolutely NO flavor of beans in this cereal.  

I’m not sure if a bean flavor would be welcomed by children in the morning.  

I’m pretty sure, for all my love of beans, I wouldn’t want too much of a bean experience in the morning hours either.  

But hey, to each his own. 

 

Cereal Made With Beans - Love Grown Polar Puffs Cereal

From the back of my Love Grown bean cereal box. It says it’s cereal made with beans! 🙂

The cereal stayed crunchy for quite some time, most likely longer than what your kids might take eating their bowl of this on any given morning.  

I ended up taking a l-o-n-g time eating my bowl of cereal because I kept trying to take more photos of me hoping to get a better selfie.  I never did.  You got the original one.  

By the way, it’s really HARD to take a selfie while you’re holding a bowl of cereal in one hand and lifting a spoon of cereal up to your mouth to eat in the other!  I’m SURE God must have given me an additional hand to take this photo.  It may not be glamour on display, but it’s me, and what’s more important, it’s me eating beans in the morning!  

The point is, it took me a long time to eat my cereal. 

Fortunately, my cereal stayed fresh and crispy all the way through my “photo shoot”.  

So the taste of the Polar Puffs Cereal by Love Grown was great with no bean flavor and plenty of blueberry and vanilla taste. 

It was as sweet as I would have wanted it to be so I’m guessing as much as it would take to satisfy a picky child in the morning.  (I like some sweetness, just some, and I’m like a picky child in the morning… and sometimes at other times as well.)  🙂 

Add to all that the fact that it stayed crisp and edible for a LONG time for me.  

You’ll never have to deal with soggy cereal if you eat this every day of your life!  

But you won’t do that, will you?  

I asked because Love Grown has numerous other products that could keep every day new and exciting for you and your family members.  

Love Grown Cereal For Kids - Love Grown Polar Puffs

Love Grown Cereal has Love Grown kids cereals as this was.  They also have other cereals that would be appealing to adults as well as kids (Hey give me kids cereal any day).  Plus Love Grown products also include a variety of granola, hot cereals, and even some seasonal cereal products like the chocolate and strawberry heart shaped cereal which, well… you can figure out what day or days that kind of cereal might be really popular.   

The Love Grown company says their cereal (and thus your day) is “inspired by love and powered by nutrition”.  

It seems that is their passion too!

Maddy and Alex, the founders and owners of Love Grown Cereal, write right on their Love Grown website, About / Our Story page, that they wanted to change the world, to make a difference, to make clean, healthy food available to as many people as possible.  

They do what they do out of love for people.  

It looks like they are working to stay true to their clean eating, high-value nutrition pledge too.  

While not all their cereal and/or ingredients in cereal products are organic, they have gone through the process of non-GMO certification for most of their cereal products.  (Check each product individually if you’re concerned with any specific cereal or specific ingredient in a cereal.)   

Why are they not produced as organic cereal?  The FAQs of their website say they chose to make their cereals as cost effective as possible so as many people as possible could benefit.  

Their heart is dedicated to providing wholesome, natural ingredients for all their cereal products.   

They DO use only natural flavors and natural colors.  

All their cereals are either lightly sweetened or completely sugar free. 

All of their cereals are vegan except the Love Grown Power Os.  ALL are vegetarian friendly. 

Furthermore, all of their products, including the granola products are made with gluten free ingredients, specifically certified gluten free oats, and all of their products are inspected and shown gluten free before being shipped.

As always, check each product for ingredients if you have any allergies or medical conditions.  

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Love Grown Polar Puffs, Blueberry Vanilla, 6.5 Ounce by Love Grown (at Amazon)

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What I can tell you though, by no uncertain terms, is that my Love Grown Blueberry Vanilla Polar Puffs cereal this morning was totally worth buying and a totally wonderful breakfast experience. 

They tasted great.  

They filled my desire for a sweet-but-not-too-sweet vanilla and blueberry breakfast cereal.  

They did not get soggy.

I felt as if I was benefiting from a healthy cereal (made with love).  I feel so loved. 

Oh, and a bonus point here:   I felt full all morning long!  I’m loved AND satisfied.  That’s a great combination!  

If you haven’t tried a Love Grown cereal yet or just want to buy gluten free cereal (or buy a vegan cereal)…. (or buy a healthy cereal period)… I urge you to give one of the Love Grown cereals a chance. 

If the rest are anything like my Love Grown Polar Bears, the conclusion of my Love Grown cereal review  here says I think you’ll be very happy with your purchase. 

 

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Should I review other Love Grown products?

The question might better be, what are YOUR reviews of Love Grown cereal going to say? 

Give Love Grown a try if you haven’t yet, and let us know what you think! 

Here’s to all you great readers here… having 3 hands to take photos… good tasting cereal made with beans… and great companies like Love Grown.  

Have a healthy day! 

 


5 Great Gluten Free Snacks for Kids

gluten free snack for kids

Gluten Free Snacks to Buy for Kids

 

Your kids will love these gluten free snacks when they’re ready for an afternoon snack or just need a pick-me-up. All listed here are Non GMO and kid approved.

These gluten free snacks for kids are perfect for packing in lunch boxes, sports bags, back packs, suit cases, or mom’s purse.

Just make sure you don’t eat them all yourself, Mom.

1. Van’s Simply Delicious PB&J Sandwich Bars

With peanut butter and blueberry jelly, these tasty little peanut butter and jelly bars are usually a favorite of all kids big and small. They have no artificial flavors or preservatives and are made with real peanut butter, actual blueberries, and gluten free oats.

They are also listed as dairy free, nut free, egg free, Non-GMO, and Kosher. 

The con: Those with peanut butter allergies will be left out on this one. Sorry guys and gals!

 

2.  Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks

Gluten free fruit snacks for the fruit lovers in your home

Annie’s Homegrown Organic Fruit Snacks are organic fruit bites made with real fruit juice and with no artificial colors or preservatives.  

Not only are they gluten free and non-GMO, they are considered vegan and, as with Annie’s as a whole, produced with organic ingredients and with an eye for good environmental principles.  

They come in individual packages with each package providing a whooping 100% of your child’s daily Vitamin C needs. 

For those children with allergies to food dyes, this product could be a welcome addition to your child’s snacks arsenal! 

 

 

3.  Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks

Gluten Free Pretzels can be a lifesaver for some kids.  

Besides being gluten free, Hanover’s pretzels are non-GMO, dairy free, egg free, and low fat. 

4.  Old Wisconsin Turkey Sausage Sticks

Old Wisconsin Turkey Sticks makes for a filling, high protein snack that can help satisfy hungry tummies, especially when meal time might still be a little far away still.  The company Old Wisconsin makes their sausage sticks with no fillers or binders and fortunately no MSG.  

Con:  It’s hard to find turkey or beef sticks prepackaged in individual servings, but it’s also very easy to package servings yourself in little snack bags, keeping them refrigerated once opened until ready for use. 

5.  Gluten Free Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies by Pamela’s Products

These Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies are nice to have to give your child that once-in-a-while chocolate chip splurge.  Besides being gluten free, Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies are dairy free, nut free, soy free, made with organic ingredients, and labeled Kosher.  And yes, they are NON-GMO. 

But wait!!!!!

(Am I sounding like an Infomercial yet?)  🙂 

Not only does Pamela’s Products have Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Cookies, they also have Extreme Chocolate Gluten Free Cookies, Ginger Snaps aka Ginger Snapz Gluten Free Cookies, and Gluten Free Snickerdoodles, all mini cookies, all perfect to send or serve, and all delicious.  

You can check out all the flavors at my Amazon Affiliate link above to see which one you want… or eat all four flavors.  #Yum! 

PS, You’ll need to bag these in individual servings yourself, guys.  Don’t cheat!  


 

In addition to the packaged gluten free snacks to buy listed above, many of the below listed healthy gluten free snack ideas can be found right in your kitchen

1. Boiled Eggs

Yes, many kids really do like boiled eggs.  Cut them in half when serving if that makes them even more appealing to your child.

2. Most fresh fruit or veggies like apples, tangerines, radishes, carrots, and celery., etc.

Look for organic, non-GMO produce to avoid the nasties that come with pesticides and all that yucky GMO stuff we keep hearing about.

Extra Hint:  Serve cut veggies with a Gluten Free hummus for an even fuller veggie snack.

Check this list of gluten free foods to see a larger list of fruits and vegetables your child might like to munch on. 

3. Gluten Free DRIED Fruit!

Here’s a nice list here:  https://nuts.com/gluten-free/driedfruit/

Disclosure, the above is a link to nuts dot com.  This is NOT an affiliate link, just a link that shows how many great dried gluten free fruits there are.  Additionally, while nuts dot com is aware of the high market calls for non-GMO products, they are still in the process of finding non-GMO farmers for all their products.  Please check the listings at this site carefully before assuming any specific product is a non-GMO product.  

4. Gluten Free Yogurt.  

Read this article on Which Yogurts Are Gluten Free, but as with anything you buy in the grocery store, make sure you double check the label before purchasing.  Again, check the labels to make sure your yogurt has no added hormones and is not connected with genetically modified organisms. 

5. Many (but not all) nuts are gluten free.  

Check the label for any possible gluten or GMOs. 

And THEN…..  

There are also many recipes for gluten free snacks on blogs, websites, and Pinterest. 

Here’s an example of a really easy one.

Mix 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, 1 cup dates, and 1 pinch real salt in a food processor and process until it stops.  Roll into bars or balls, and serve. 

Getting Gluten Free Snacks for children doesn’t have to be a hard thing to do.  With so many children (and adults) diagnosed with Celiac Disease or even those who discover they have sensitives to gluten sensitivity which can cause any number of symptoms including gas, bloating, constipation, leaky gut issues, or other digestive disorders; thyroid problems or hormonal imbalances; migraine headaches, inflammation, mood swings, or ADD, etc there are now many snacks that are gluten free that all your family members can enjoy throughout their happy days of work and play.  

Note: Gluten Free snack foods are generally tolerated well by most folk whether or not they have a gluten sensitivity.  However, many Gluten Free foods (not all, but many) are somewhat higher in their carb count than typical low carb diet foods.  If you are on a doctor-directed low carb diet or other diet such as a keto diet etc, check with your doctor first before adding any gluten free food that may have a higher carb count.  

If you think you may have a gluten sensitivity and would like to be tested, your medical health professional has tests you can take to find out and help you determine your best path to nutritional wellness.

Eating journals can sometimes be very telling as well.  

Enjoy!