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Anyone who is living a low-carb lifestyle knows you have to pretty much kiss all the wonderful starchy and grainy things we love goodbye. No more potato chips, rice, pasta, bread, or cereal. 🙁
There are plenty of businesses trying to fake us out by creating low-carb dupes of our favorites. Many of them, in my opinion, are a fail. There are a lot of almond flour atrocities and artificial sweeteners that can wreak havoc on our digestive systems.
But some are not so bad. Like Magic Spoon Cereal. I’ve eaten a lot of different low-carb cereals over the past year, and most of them are gross.
Magic Spoon Cereal is not gross. It isn’t necessarily what it says it is, but it isn’t gross.
They SAY that they have recreated all of our childhood favorites, only with none of the junk. Those of us of a certain age all grew up eating wonderfully sugary cereals that are no longer cool. But if I could eat Lucky Charms every day for the rest of my life, I would not have one complaint. 🙂
I’ve tried quite a few of the flavors offered by Magic Spoon, and I have to say not a single one of them elicits an “Ah. That tastes just like my childhood” response. They taste pretty good, just not exact replicas of the good stuff.
And they are all round. Like Cheerios. They don’t deviate shapes depending on the flavor. Here is the maple waffle flavor:
And the cinnamon flavor:
And the frosted:
And my favorite, the birthday cake flavor:
They have a new flavor that is supposed to taste like Cookie Crisp. Also round.
See? All different flavored Cheerio-shaped circles.
I don’t know if it just isn’t possible, but I’d really like different shapes. Especially with this Cookie Crisp dupe. I want them to look like little cookies.
But before we get into all the pros and cons, here are the stats on the cereal.
The cereals are all high protein, with 13-14g of protein per serving.
No sugar. Low carb, with 3-4g of net carbs per serving, which is a massive improvement over traditional cereal. For reference, the above-mentioned Cookie Crisp cereal has 29g of carbs per serving, 2g of protein, and 12g of sugar.
All of the cereals are gluten-free, non-GMO, and grain-free. No artificial ingredients.
They also have cute little single-serve cups in a variety of flavors. And their packaging is super fun and wacky. 🙂
They have also recently added cereal bars, which I have tried, and like:
So these are all good things.
Here are the things I don’t like about Magic Spoon Cereal.
The main thing I don’t like is the price. That is my gripe with most low-carb foods. They are usually outrageously expensive. I don’t know if it is because the process required to make low-carb foods incurs extra costs, or the makers of low-carb foods think the people eating them have extra income to spend on this stuff, or what. I’m not sure why the cost is so high.
But Magic Spoon is $39 for a 4-pack. And you can ONLY order a 4-pack. Whether you order from their website or from Amazon, you can’t buy an individual box no matter how hard you try.
I don’t like this. They do offer variety packs that you can customize, but when I first tried the cereal, I didn’t really like the idea of dropping $39 for cereal I may not like.
Maybe in the future, they will offer the ability to purchase one box at a time online, but for now, it is not possible.
BUT. I have recently learned that Target is carrying Magic Spoon Cereal. And it appears you can buy one box at a time, but it is about $10. So check your local Target to see if they carry it if you want to try it out!
I do like most of the flavors of the cereals, but the texture is something to contend with. The cereal does have a nice crunch and doesn’t get soggy too quickly in the milk.
But. I don’t know if it is because of the ingredients, but the cereal sticks to my teeth. Like when eating Cheetos. You know how they get all gooey and stuck in your teeth? That. It’s weird. And reviews from others have mentioned the same thing.
The other thing I don’t quite get is how they calculate their nutritional info. Here is a sample from their nutritional labels:
We all know to calculate net carbs, you subtract the fiber from the total carbs. You also subtract sugar alcohols from the total. Allulose is a sugar alcohol, and it is listed in the ingredients along with monk fruit as the sweetener. But it is not accounted for on the nutritional label, and not one of the carb-counting apps I use comes up with the same carb count as they claim.
So I don’t really get that. I want straightforward nutritional info.
But I have been eating it for several months now without any detrimental effects on my weight loss plan. So I guess I’ll go with it. 🙂
So if you are living a low-carb lifestyle and are tired of eating eggs, why not mix it up with some cereal? Turns out, you can have cereal as part of a low-carb eating plan, as long as you make smart choices.
Magic Spoon Cereal just might be something that can help you enjoy eating cereal for breakfast again!
Have you tried Magic Spoon Cereal? I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have, or if you have other low-carb cereal recommendations. Let me know in the comment section.
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